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December 11, 2013 1:15 AM IST
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) — Lisboa
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 30089‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Benfica 2-1 PSG

Benfica crashed out of the Champions League despite a narrow win at Estadio da Luz, as the energetic duo of Gaitan and Pereira caused plenty of problems

By Simon Harrison

  • Artur
    0
    1
    2.50

    Artur

    Not the most convincing display from a vastly experienced goalkeeper.

  • Luisao
    2
    0
    3.00

    Luisao

    Commanding in the air, both defensively, and in terms of going close from free-kick deliveries in the opposition penalty area. A solid outing for the Brazilian.

  • Maxi Pereira
    2
    0
    3.50

    Maxi Pereira

    A fantastic display from the right-back, as the Uruguayan caused Digne no end of problems from the right flank, beating his man with ease on several occasions to deliver excellent crosses from the byeline.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    Not a great deal was asked of the Argentine central defender, but the combination of himself and Luisao kept the very reputable Edinson Cavani relatively quiet.

  • Silvio
    0
    0
    3.00

    Silvio

    Was a constant threat in the first half, marauding forward at every opportunity and picking up his side's penalty after being clattered by the challenge of Traore.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    6
    0
    3.00

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    Cleared up well on the edge of his own penalty area, and pressed forward enough to try his luck from range on a couple of occasions.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    5
    1
    3.50

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán Top of the Match

    Looked dangerous whenever he picked up possession as both of PSG's full-backs were given a torrid test of their ability. Took his goal very intelligently, reacting first to dink the ball beyond Sirigu's grasp.

  • Nemanja Matić
    6
    1
    2.50

    Nemanja Matić

    An energetic performance from the Serbia international and showed in glimpses what he is capable of in terms of beating his man. His finishing was poor, thrashing several long-range attempts well wide of goal.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    2
    0
    3.00

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    All-action, hard-working performance from the midfielder, who helped to keep PSG pegged back in their own half through his impressive work rate. Saw his occasional attempts well blocked.

  • Lima
    0
    0
    3.00

    Lima

    Created plenty of opportunities for himself, and found space in behind the PSG defence on several occasions, but his finishing seriously let him down tonight.

  • Lazar Marković
    6
    0
    2.50

    Lazar Marković

    Flitted in and out of the game, occasionally showing signs of why he is playing Champions League football at the young age of 19. Displayed his dribbling ability, but his final ball wasn't present.

Substitutions

  • Miralem Sulejmani
    3
    0
    2.50

    Miralem Sulejmani

    Caused Traore plenty of problems throughout the small amount of time he was on the field, beating his men on several occasions to deliver balls into dangerous areas.

  • Ivan Cavaleiro
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ivan Cavaleiro

    His pace caused Digne problems in the late stages of the game, and he was a useful outlet as Benfica looked to see the game out. Unfortunate to see Sirigu beat his 85th minute effort around the post.

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Salvatore Sirigu

    The Italian goalkeeper made some brilliant saves to keep his side in the game, although he was occasionally aided by poor finishing by Lima.

  • Marquinhos
    2
    0
    2.50

    Marquinhos

    A strong performance from the young Brazilian, who showed his footballing brain by making some key interceptions and also how his pace can help him to cover effectively.

  • Kalifa Traoré
    0
    1
    1.50

    Kalifa Traoré Flop of the Match

    The debutant had a torrid evening as both Silvio and Gaitan had the beating of him. Compounded his misery by missing a header and clattering into Silvio to give away a penalty.

  • Zoumana Camara
    0
    0
    2.50

    Zoumana Camara

    Made a few key interceptions, though they were often when the final ball of his opponent was rather poor. Occasionally outpaced, but didn't look too out of place.

  • Lucas Digne
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lucas Digne

    Struggled against the pace of Cavaleiro late in the game, and also struggled at times against Pereira. The youngster worked hard to be beaten sparingly, but it was definitely a tough evening for the former Lille left-back.

  • Jérémy Menez
    0
    2
    2.50

    Jérémy Menez

    Spurned an early chance to give his side the lead, and then popped in and out of the game. Played an excellent though-ball to nearly assist Lavezzi in the second half.

  • Thiago Motta
    0
    0
    2.50

    Thiago Motta

    A typically composed and assured performance from the Italy international, but he didn't see as much possession as normal. PSG were often on the back foot with plenty of Benfica's play filtering down the wings, leaving Motta with little to do.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    0
    1
    2.50

    Adrien Rabiot

    Worked hard and made a few important interceptions and cynical challenges to keep his side in the game. Plenty of encouraging signs for such a young midfielder.

  • Lucas
    3
    1
    2.50

    Lucas

    Somewhat anonymous throughout the game, the Brazilian did act as a good outlet when he received the ball, and tested Artur well on one occasion.

  • Javier Pastore
    4
    2
    2.00

    Javier Pastore

    Ineffectual and rather abject, the Argentine attacker didn't see a great deal of possession and failed to really threaten as an offensive option.

  • Edinson Cavani
    2
    0
    3.00

    Edinson Cavani

    Couldn't miss the opening goal of the game, tapping home from two yards out, and the Uruguayan worked hard as a lone striker against the physical Luisao. Did well on defensive set pieces.

Substitutions

  • Blaise Matuidi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    His physicality and power allowed for PSG to become more solid in the centre of the midfield, once again forcing Benfica to play down the wings.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Missed PSG's best chance of the second half, firing narrowly wide from a tight angle after a great through-ball from Menez.

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