The Brazilian goalkeeper was in brilliant form as he made a number of key saves to keep Anderlecht from getting back into the game.
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.
Solid at the back alongside Luisao, the Argentine stopper kept his opponents in check for most of the evening.
Was a constant threat down the left wing as he forced Gillet into submission thanks to his marauding runs and consistent deliveries.
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.
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.
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.
Well marshaled 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.
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.
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.
The Paraguayan missed a succession of opportunities to open his account for the evening but wasted all of them, despite showing great ability to get himself in the right positions.
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.
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 clean in the second half.
Gave away a number of fouls and only towards the end of the second half was the former Troyes man allowed to maraud forward.
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.
After a hugely promising start, his duel with Siqueira ended in disappointment as he drifted out of the match and was replaced by Praet.
D. 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.
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.
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.
The all-action right back offered occasional support, but his crossing was off color and was forced to defend for most of the night.
The Argentine forward was his side's only threat on the night but almost instigated a comeback by himself. Showed great feet and heading ability, having come close on numerous occasions.
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.