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2 vs 1
Played
May 11, 2013 8:30 PM BST
Estádio Do Dragão — Porto
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 50117‎
 
26′ (OG) Maxi Pereira
Lima 19′
90+2′ Kelvin
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Porto 2-1 Benfica

Goal takes a closer look at the men on show in Saturday's key title clash after Kelvin's late strike all but assured the Dragons of the Primeira Liga trophy

By Daniel Edwards

  • Helton
    5
    3
    2.50

    Helton

    Rarely tested throughout the match, made a decent save from Lima's long-range effort in the first half. Could do nothing with the opener.

  • Danilo
    16
    0
    3.00

    Danilo

    Gave an early warning of his talents with a decent run and shot that flew just wide. Another that did not shy away from the physical battle.

  • Eliaquim Mangala
    5
    4
    2.50

    Eliaquim Mangala

    Alongside Otamendi, did not have too much work to do against a conservative, safety-first Benfica outfit.

  • Alex Sandro
    20
    1
    3.00

    Alex Sandro

    While his work at the back was at times less than exemplary, the ex-Santos man excelled charging into attack. Great vision to set up Varela for the goal.

  • Nicolás Otamendi
    11
    2
    2.50

    Nicolás Otamendi

    Fairly untested in the middle of defence, making sure that Lima did not enjoy too much space and keeping the area relatively free of traffic.

  • Lucho González
    8
    3
    2.50

    Lucho González

    Sat in front of the defence and helped keep the likes of Gaitan and Perez relatively quiet, and never afraid to stick the boot in.

  • Joao Moutinho
    9
    4
    2.00

    Joao Moutinho

    Was secure in midfield, but could not quite find the creative spark to put Porto on top against their rivals.

  • James Rodríguez
    15
    5
    2.50

    James Rodríguez

    Was singled out for rough treatment from the Benfica backline, but he did not exactly help his case with some exaggerated falls. Missed a glorious late chance.

  • Fernando
    8
    3
    2.50

    Fernando

    Tested Artur early with a decent shot from deep that was saved. Worked hard in the middle, passing diligently.

  • Jackson Martínez
    12
    5
    2.00

    Jackson Martínez

    The 25-goal top scorer was dubbed Porto's saviour before the match, but a lack of decent service meant it was a frustrating evening.

  • Silvestre Varela
    14
    2
    3.50

    Silvestre Varela

    Played a key role in Porto's equaliser, making space down the left and gaining a bit of fortune to steer in the ball off Maxi's boot.

Substitutions

  • Kelvin
    36
    2
    4.00

    Kelvin Top of the Match

    The young Brazilian came off the bench and wrote himself into Porto folk law with a stunning late strike that all but gave his side the league title.

  • Artur
    2
    7
    2.50

    Artur

    Was caught out by a wicked deflection off the boot of Maxi for the goal, but even so should have done much better at his near post.

  • Luisao
    3
    4
    2.50

    Luisao

    Stuck tight on the likes of Jackson Martinez and James, using his experience to keep the defence together under heavy pressure.

  • Maxi Pereira
    1
    13
    1.50

    Maxi Pereira Flop of the Match

    Suffered throughout the match as Varela ran rings around him, but desperately unlucky to put past his own keeper.

  • Ezequiel Garay
    12
    2
    3.00

    Ezequiel Garay

    Came to prominence in the opposition box, a well-hit shot turned in by Lima for the opener. Dealt well with Martinez, defending deep and effectively.

  • Toto Salvio
    3
    5
    2.50

    Toto Salvio

    His ability from set-pieces and out wide was a constant headache for Benfica. A teasing corner set in motion the opening goal.

  • Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán
    13
    1
    3.00

    Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián Gaitán

    Given the responsibility of leading Benfica on the break and linking with Lima, struggled for space at times but was always dangerous.

  • Nemanja Matić
    18
    3
    2.50

    Nemanja Matić

    Played almost as a third central defender, rarely crossing the halfway line and following James around the pitch. Booked in the second half.

  • André Almeida
    2
    1
    3.00

    André Almeida

    Was given a tough task keeping tabs on the electric Danilo, but did his best to keep the Brazilian relatively quiet across the 90 minutes.

  • Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    3
    2
    2.50

    Enzo Nicolás Pérez

    Occasionally let his enthusiasm get the best of him in the middle, riding his luck with a pair of heavy challenges. A decent showing.

  • Lima
    12
    3
    3.50

    Lima

    A typical poacher's finish from the striker, who added to his tally for the season to put Benfica ahead. Put in the hard yards as the sole man up front.

  • Ola John
    7
    4
    2.50

    Ola John

    Was the focus of much of Benfica's counters, using his space to punch holes out wide. Needed a slight improvement in the final product to make a bigger impact.

Substitutions

  • Roderick
    1
    3
    2.50

    Roderick

    Came on to sure things up for his side and his lack of game-time certainly didn't show as he so nearly helped his side to a famous draw.

  • Ó. Cardozo
    6
    3
    2.50

    Ó. Cardozo

    Arrived late to try and pinch a winner for his side and went close with a free kick. Held the ball up well to help alleviate some of the pressure his team felt.

Results
 
Player Ratings
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jackson Martínez Jackson Martínez
Striker
Porto
18 1
Derley Derley
Striker
Maritimo
15 4
Rafael Martins Rafael Martins
Striker
14 3
F. Montero F. Montero
Striker
Sporting
13 2
Lima Lima
Striker
Benfica
12 3