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April 25, 2013 8:05 PM BST
Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu — İstanbul
Referee:‬ M. Mažić‎
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Player Ratings: Fenerbahce 1-0 Benfica

Goal.com rates the players as Fenerbahce secured an important 1-0 first-leg win over Benfica...

By Ben McAleer

  • Volkan Demirel
    30
    8
    3.00

    Volkan Demirel

    Never really called upon from the toothless Benfica attack, but performed his goalkeeping duties with minimal fuss.

  • Egemen Korkmaz
    56
    8
    3.50

    Egemen Korkmaz Top of the Match

    Impressive in the heart of the Fenerbahce defence before opening the scoring with 20 minutes to go. A solid performance in the Fenerbahce back line.

  • Joseph Yobo
    40
    9
    3.00

    Joseph Yobo

    Dealt with the threat of Cardozo in the first half exceptionally well. Turned out an solid display over the course of the game to see his side pick up the win, denying Gomes with an excellent last ditch tackle with 15 minutes to go.

  • Reto Ziegler
    31
    12
    2.00

    Reto Ziegler

    Pushed forward well and supported the attack, while attending to his defensive duties with minimal fuss. Solid performance from the Swiss left-back.

  • Gökhan Gönül
    42
    7
    3.00

    Gökhan Gönül

    Won his side a contentious penalty on the stroke of half time, of which Cristian missed. An impressive performance from the full-back who regularly broke forward from deep.

  • Mehmet Topal
    29
    9
    2.50

    Mehmet Topal

    Solid alongside Meireles and regularly stifled the attack of the Benfica midfield, limiting the movement and close down the space in the middle of the park of the opposition.

  • Raúl Meireles
    37
    13
    2.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Tested Artur with a drive from distance at the beginning of the second half before being subbed off with a facial injury. Not the most impressive of performances for the Portugal international.

  • Cristian Baroni
    28
    13
    2.50

    Cristian Baroni

    Poor from set pieces in the opening 45 before missing his penalty on the stroke of half time. Came close to opening the scores minutes after the interval.

  • Moussa Sow
    40
    9
    3.00

    Moussa Sow

    Came close to opening the scoring in the first half at the near post before heading against the bar minutes later. Never stopped running before his second half substitution.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    58
    9
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Put in a superb ball for Sow to head, only for the striker to hit the bar before dragging a long range effort wide before hitting the post on the 50 minute mark.

  • Pierre Achille Webo
    30
    12
    2.50

    Pierre Achille Webo

    Found Sow with a very good near post cross before failing to capitalise on a poor Melgarejo clearance. Worked tirelessly, but picked up a silly booking late in the game and will miss the second leg.

Substitutions

  • Selçuk Şahin
    22
    9

    Selçuk Şahin

    Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Milos Krasic
    38
    13

    Milos Krasic

    Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Salih Uçan
    37
    10
    2.00

    Salih Uçan

    Replaced Meireles midway through the second half and was a real menace in the midfield, often troubling the Benfica back line with his movement in the final third.

  • Artur
    21
    13
    3.00

    Artur

    A calming influence in the Benfica goal and turned consecutive efforts from Cristian and Meireles away minutes after the restart. Could do little for the goal, however.

  • Maxi Pereira
    12
    19
    2.50

    Maxi Pereira

    At times struggled with the movement and continuous threat of Kuyt and Sow and it was evident he's not Benfica's regular right-back.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    11
    19
    2.50

    Ezequiel Garay

    Struggled with the physical threat of Webo and Sow across the opening 45 and never really redeemed himself following half time.

  • L. Melgarejo
    9
    19
    2.00

    L. Melgarejo

    Put his side under pressure with a bizarre pass across the face of his goal, but fortunately Webo was unable to capitalise before heading across goal for Korkmaz to opening the scoring to cap off a miserable performance.

  • Jardel Nivaldo Vieira
    8
    19
    2.00

    Jardel Nivaldo Vieira

    Like Garay, could've perhaps done better with the aerial threat of the Fenerbahce frontline. At times give the run around by Webo and really sporadically looked out of his depth.

  • Pablo Aimar
    12
    22
    2.00

    Pablo Aimar

    Picked out in the 18 yard box in the first half, only to see his effort drift over the bar in a rare start for the Argentine before his half time withdrawal after a poor 45 minutes.

  • Toto Salvio
    14
    18
    3.00

    Toto Salvio

    Impressed when he broke forward, but particularly wasteful in front of goal. Benfica's best attacking outlet across the encounter, but his final pass let him down.

  • Nemanja Matić
    23
    18
    2.00

    Nemanja Matić

    Worked hard in midfield, but failed to really make his mark over the 90 minutes. Never stopped trying throughout the duration of the game, however.

  • André Gomes
    10
    18
    2.50

    André Gomes

    Broke forward well on the left to attack the Fenerbahce goal, only to be denied by a superb last ditch challenge by Yobo with 15 minutes to go. Other than that, a quiet game. Subbed off with 15 minutes to.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    10
    23
    2.00

    Ó. Cardozo

    Worked hard in the first half and held the ball up well, but was often isolated on his own. Struggled to really get into the game and a lack of support didn't help.

  • Ola John
    10
    34
    1.50

    Ola John Flop of the Match

    Given plenty of space on the left wing to run into before fouling Gonul to give away a penalty. Withdrawn for Rodrigo in the second half and his booking means he'll miss the second leg.

Substitutions

  • Carlos Martins
    9
    18
    2.00

    Carlos Martins

    Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    19
    15
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Replaced Aimar at half time and almost made an instant impact, hitting the post with a curling effort from 20 yards. Lively following his introduction, but was often contained comfortably.

  • Lima
    10
    17

    Lima

    Replaced John midway through the second half, but didn't really have the time nor support to make the desired impact.

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