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September 18, 2013 12:15 AM IST
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
Attendance:‬ 29393‎
 
 
30′ Luisao
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Benfica 2-0 Anderlecht

The Eagles were a class above John van der Brom's side, despite faint signs of a Belgian comeback, as Filip Djuricic and Luisao ultimately proved the difference

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Artur
    0
    0
    3.50

    Artur

    The Brazilian goalkeeper was in brilliant form as he made a number of key saves to keep Anderlecht from getting back into the game.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Solid at the back alongside Luisao, the Argentine stopper kept his opponents in check for most of the evening.

  • Guilherme Siqueira
    0
    0
    3.00

    Guilherme Siqueira

    Was a constant threat down the left wing as he forced Gillet into submission thanks to his marauding runs and consistent deliveries.

  • Luisao
    0
    0
    3.50

    Luisao

    Formed a fine understanding at the back alongside Garay and even showed impressive attacking instincts with his chest-controlled finish to round off the victory.

  • André Almeida
    0
    0
    3.00

    André Almeida

    Played a vital role in Luisao's goal, having provided the assist with his looping header, and marked Bruno out of the match. Replaced by Pereira late on.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    0
    0
    2.50

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    Gave a tenacious performance in the middle of the park, but walked a tightrope for much of the game due to his yellow card. Replaced by John.

  • Filip Djuricic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Filip Djuricic

    The attacking midfielder was incredibly fortunate to escape the referee's wrath due to his tendency to continually give away silly fouls, but nonetheless important in breaking up play and opening the scoring.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    The Serb was a warrior in midfield, expertly showing his partner Perez how to execute the holding position. Broke play up throughout the evening and dictated the midfield battle.

  • Nemanja Matić
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nemanja Matić

    A quieter showing from the midfield talisman, who did not showcase his powerful running ability and long-range passing, but instead simply ensured things ticked over.

  • Lazar Marković
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lazar Marković

    Well-marshalled by the Anderlecht rearguard, as he was limited to only a few glimpses of the ball, but did his fair share of tracking back when needed.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ó. Cardozo

    The Paraguayan missed a succession of oppurtunities to open his account for the evening but wasted all of them, despite showing great ability to get himself in the right positions.

Substitutions

  • Maxi Pereira
    0
    0

    Maxi Pereira

    Late cameo from the right-back and subsequently struggled to get to grips with the action.

  • Lima
    0
    0

    Lima

    Introduced too late to make a telling contribution.

  • Ola John
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ola John

    Came on with 20 minutes remaining and was lively enough out wide during his short time on the pitch.

  • Silvio Proto
    0
    0
    2.50

    Silvio Proto

    Made a horrible fumble to gift Benfica the opening goal but couldn't do much with their second. Kept his team in the match at times.

  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
    0
    0
    2.50

    Cheikhou Kouyaté

    The African had a tough night dealing with Cardozo, whose movement saw him often dragged out of position. Improved in tandem with his side as the match wore on, however.

  • C. Mbemba
    0
    0
    2.00

    C. Mbemba

    Much like Kouyate, it wasn't the stopper's best night as he looked cumbersome at times with the ball but nevertheless helped to keep his goal unbreached in the second half.

  • Fabrice N'Sakala
    0
    0
    2.00

    Fabrice N'Sakala

    Gave away a number of fouls and only towards the end of the second half was the former Troyes man allowed to maraud forward.

  • Demy de Zeeuw
    0
    0
    1.50

    Demy de Zeeuw

    Despite his experience, the deep-lying performer was a liability in midfield, having being booked early on, while he lacked composure in his passing.

  • Guillaume Gillet
    0
    0
    2.00

    Guillaume Gillet

    The all-action right-back offered occasional support, but his crossing was off-colour and was forced to defend for most of the night.

  • Luka Milivojević
    0
    1
    1.50

    Luka Milivojević

    The creative midfielder failed to offer much inspiration in the final third, as his through-balls came few and far between, while he wasted numerous set pieces.

  • Sacha Kljestan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sacha Kljestan

    The best player in Anderlecht's midfield, the American did his best to foil Benfica's fluid play and came close with a late header.

  • Aleksandar Mitrović
    0
    1
    2.00

    Aleksandar Mitrović

    For all of his physicality, he struggled to impose himself on the match and could only muster the odd snap-shot at goal. His yellow card compounded a poor evening and he was then promptly subbed.

  • Massimo Bruno
    0
    0
    2.00

    Massimo Bruno

    After a hugely promising start, his duel with Siqueira ended in disappointment as he drifted out of the match and was replaced by Praet.

  • Matias Suarez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matias Suarez

    The Argentine forward was his side's only threat on the night but almost instigated a comeback single-handedly. Showed great feet and heading ability, having come close on numerous occasions.

Substitutions

  • Dennis Praet
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dennis Praet

    Lively late appearance from the prodigious Belgian youngster as he attracted a foul and almost set up Suarez for a late consolation.

  • Frank Acheampong
    0
    0
    1.50

    Frank Acheampong

    Came on for the second half with the promise of stretching the Benfica midfield, but Almeida and Pereira proved too much of a resistance.

  • G. Cyriac
    0
    0

    G. Cyriac

    Late cameo from the striker.

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