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3 vs 0
Played
October 2, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Parc des Princes — Paris
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 44732‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Benfica

Goal runs the rule over the players on show at the Parc des Princes as Laurent Blanc's men easily saw off their Portuguese opponent.

By Mohammed Ali

  • Salvatore Sirigu
    8
    1
    2.50

    Salvatore Sirigu

    Good evening in goal for the Parisian shot-stopper. Did everything asked of him, even if the opposition didn't really test him as strenuously as expected.

  • Marquinhos
    21
    0
    3.50

    Marquinhos

    The 19-year-old is fast becoming one of the top defenders in Europe. Another productive evening, including a second goal in two games, and third in five for PSG. His positional movement and ability to read the game was second to none.

  • Maxwell
    9
    2
    3.00

    Maxwell

    A positive performance from the left-back who went about his duties efficiently. Didn't really attack as much as expected from the flank.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    8
    2
    2.50

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Van der Wiel fared well against the threat imposed by the Benfica wingers, but struggled with tracking opposition runs. A threat in attack too, providing some dangerous deliveries.

  • Alex
    10
    3
    2.50

    Alex

    The former Chelsea defender managed to limit the supply towards Oscar Cardozo and also succeeded in curtailing Nico Gaitan's creativity. Struggled with pace though.

  • Thiago Motta
    13
    4
    3.50

    Thiago Motta

    His aptitude for set-pieces showed once again this evening, as PSG scored twice in the first half. Picked up an assist for Ibrahimovic's goal.

  • Blaise Matuidi
    11
    2
    3.00

    Blaise Matuidi

    The dynamic midfielder highlighted his strength in the middle of the park, dispossessing his opponents and powering forward with ease.

  • Marco Verratti
    16
    1
    3.50

    Marco Verratti

    Verratti once more was the creative hub in the PSG midfield, having a hand in two of PSG's goals to cap off another strong performance for the talented 20-year-old.

  • Edinson Cavani
    8
    7
    2.50

    Edinson Cavani Flop of the Match

    Not the best night in front of goal for Cavani who was upstaged by Ibrahimovic, and denied by Artur. Whether he can complement the Swede, or whether the Swede inhibits him, is another question altogether.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    42
    4
    4.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Top of the Match

    The star of the night. Showed fluidity in his movement by alternating with Lavezzi and dropping to the wing. Notched two well-taken goals to set PSG on their way to an easy win. Could have, and perhaps should have had a hat-trick here tonight.

  • Ezequiel Lavezzi
    15
    2
    3.00

    Ezequiel Lavezzi

    Lavezzi linked up well with Ibrahimovic and provided power and creativity on the left wing. Tailed off a little in the second half, as he was replaced.

Substitutions

  • Zoumana Camara
    4
    4
    2.50

    Zoumana Camara

    Late cameo for the veteran defender.

  • Adrien Rabiot
    7
    1
    3.00

    Adrien Rabiot

    Came off the bench, and saw a good strike saved well by Artur.

  • Lucas
    10
    1
    2.50

    Lucas

    Came on for the final 20 minutes, replacing Ezequiel Lavezzi.

  • Artur
    4
    1
    3.00

    Artur

    A decent evening from the Benfica goalkeeper who perhaps is the reason why PSG didn't get five or six. A couple of world class saves, but spilled a few shots too.

  • Luisao
    3
    2
    2.50

    Luisao

    The veteran defender was the better of the Benfica defenders today. Produced a couple of well-timed blocks and interceptions that kept the score at three.

  • Guilherme Siqueira
    0
    2
    2.00

    Guilherme Siqueira

    Siqueira highlighted his brief qualify right at the beginning, but struggled ever since. Couldn't test Van der Wiel, nor set up Oscar Cardozo for any kind of opening.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    2
    1
    2.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    The Argentine centre-back failed to perform, and was easily beaten by Ibrahimovic, more so from set-pieces. He was no threat whatsoever aerially.

  • Filip Djuricic
    1
    3
    2.00

    Filip Djuricic

    Djuricic fared poorly against the French champions as he was closed down often, and fed off scraps and loose balls. Was kept on lock for much of the evening and replaced due to his inefficiency.

  • Nemanja Matić
    3
    3
    2.50

    Nemanja Matić

    Fared a little better in comparison to his team-mates. Matic was an integral part in front of the defence, limiting PSG's creativity around the box.

  • André Almeida
    1
    4
    2.00

    André Almeida

    The right-back disappointed, and was largely kept at arm's length by Maxwell. A few brief good passages of play, but offered little else.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    1
    1
    2.50

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    Like Almeida, Perez struggled on that right flank. Couldn't offer an attacking threat, and was closed down easily. Failed to seriously trouble Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    2
    2
    2.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Making his first start in over a month, the creative Argentine wasn't expected to be a distinct threat for les Parisiens, and so it proved. Had a poor relationship on the wing with Siqueira.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    1
    5
    2.00

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    Came off in the first half with the score at 1-0 having picked up an injury.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    3
    1
    1.50

    Ó. Cardozo

    Nowhere near a threat as expected. Part of it was his own undoing, with a couple of wayward attempts, but he also couldn't get past Marquinhos. Lack of effective supply played an integral part too.

Substitutions

  • André Gomes
    0
    3
    2.50

    André Gomes

    Came on for the injured Fejsa, but failed to make an impact.

  • Lazar Marković
    2
    3
    2.50

    Lazar Marković

    Came on at half-time to replace Djuricic, and managed a little better, dragging Benfica into testing PSG a little bit more. Highlighted his quality on the wing.

  • Miralem Sulejmani
    1
    4
    2.00

    Miralem Sulejmani

    Replaced Gaitan, but couldn't assert his authority on the game, which was well over by then.

Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Paris St. Germain (PSG)
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2