In the reception to Marítimo, in a match related to the 25th round of the championship, Benfica won 1-0. The decisive goal, built from the penalty spot, was achieved by Luca Waldschmidt in the first half.
The “eagles” wasted several flagrant occasions, suffered in the final moments, but managed to add up the three points, without getting rid of some scares.
Jorge Jesus’ team (who reached the 250-win mark as coach of the people of Lisbon) reached the sixth consecutive game without conceding goals and reached the mark of six gust triumphs. The visitors finish this round in the relegation zone.
The game explained in numbers
- Looking at the team that played against Braga in the last round, Jorge Jesus abdicated in the scheme with three centrals and bet on Everton, leaving Vertonghen on the bench.
- In the Madeirans, who were beaten at home in the last round by Famalicão 4-0, Julio Velásquez “crossed out” Léo Andrade, Rodrigo Pinho (both serving time), Guitane, Milson and promoted the inflows of Karo, Renê Santos, Edgar Costa and Alipour.
- The first frame of the meeting, after two attempts on each side, 16 minutes, through Everton. At this stage, the eagles had more possession (76% versus 24%), but they had difficulties to overcome the opposing defensive web, until in a seemingly easy to control move, Hermes took Rafa down after the 19th minute.
- From the 11 meter mark, Luca Waldschmidt did not shake and opened the count. It was the German’s seventh goal in the championship, the first time that the “incarnate” had a penalty awarded in this edition of the competition.
- In a kind of oasis of ideas that invaded both sets, on 29 minutes Rafa e Waldschmidt matched perfectly, but Seferovic failed at the time of definition and allowed Amir to intervene. It was the hosts’ sixth shot (three towards the target) in the face of two attempts, both unsuccessful, from the outsiders. And five minutes later, the islanders’ goalkeeper was quick to come out of the posts and blocked the submission of Waldschmidt.
- The numbers said Taarabt was the featured element, with one pass for finishing, four valuable passes, three failed passes in 22 runs (86% effective), five recoveries of possession, two defensive actions in the opposing midfield and some class details. The Moroccan midfielder hoarded a note of 6.0. Amir, with two defenses and 5.7, was the player on the side of the maritimist with the best evaluation at half an hour.
- Five minutes from rest, Following a free kick, Zainadine watched Karo who wasted a sovereign opportunity to tie the match, the first time that visitors managed to arrive in danger to the benfiquista area. And at 44, Hermes centered and Zainadine narrowly failed to reach the ball in the area of the second post.
- After the first 47 minutes, a goal made the difference on the scoreboard. In addition to the accurate shot by Waldschmidt, Lisboners managed to orchestrate some more well-designed moves, but they sinned at the time of definition.
- Marítimo, who was up for the challenge in the initial phase, retreated on the ground with the passage of time and only returned to show signs of life in offensive terms in the final stretch of this stage.
- Amir, with two interventions, was o best in the field, common GoalPoint Rating from 6.1. Rafa 6.1, with a flagrant occasion created, four valuable passes, four actions with the ball in the opponent’s area and three fouls suffered, it was who stood out the most on the Benfica side.
- Opening the final stage, in a laboratory bid, Otamendi missed the 2-0 with the goal at the mercy, in a move that still had Taarabt and Waldschmidt as interveners. Of the nine attempts to shoot, only three went towards the goal of the “rival”. In a crazy phase, Helton Leite was giant and prevented the tie to Cláudio Winck and, in the answer, Seferovic missed a goal that seemed right when he was isolated against Amir, all of this within a few seconds …
- With Correa and Pelágio entering the scene, the Madeiran emblem tried to reach the danger zones with more triangular football instead of the direct game, while Benfica was creating and wasting more occasions to expand the score. The lean advantage did not keep the national vice-champions safe e cherished the Marítimo’s hopes for the final minutes.
- In the discount period, Correa was just inches away from leveling the duel, following a cross shot. Of the Marítimo’s eight shots, only two went towards the target. And at 94, Chiquinho received a “sugared” pass from Rafa, but in the “face to face” with Amir he was unable to get the better of the Iranian.
- Despite the countless wasted occasions, the “eagles” managed to hold on to the three points and continue to fight for their presence in the next edition of the Champions League. For its part, Marítimo did not get any points in the fight for survival and added the ninth defeat in the last 11 rounds.
Excellent display by the Iranian guardian, who did everything to make the result different. With excellent reflexes and speed coming out of the posts, Amir was a kind of nightmare for Seferovic, Chiquinho and company.
To achieve the GoalPoint Rating from 8.2 and the title of MVP of the meeting, accumulated five defenses, four of which were shot inside the Marítimo area, two of which were of high difficulty.
- Rafa 7.6 – The season is not over yet, but there is no going back, it is unlikely that Rafa will not be the most regular Benfica player since the start of the season. Always connected to the current, he returned to be the main dynamo of the Benfica attack. Altogether, he scored three passes to finish, 12 valuable offensive passes (maximum in the encounter), six actions with the ball inside the opponent’s area, he was effective in four of the six dribbles attempted and suffered seven fouls.
- Luca Waldschmidt 6.8 – Author of the only goal of the day in Luz, the German initialed a positive performance and was involved in several dangerous plays by the home team. In addition to the goal, he scored three more shots, two striking orchestrated occasions, four valuable offensive passes and five actions with the ball inside the opposing area. To review, the six bad ball controls you recorded.
- Grimaldo 6.2 – The Spaniard did not have much work in defensive terms and ended up showing more in the last third of the opponent, with three valuable passes, three flank variations and three long passes right in four feats.
- Diogo Gonçalves 6.2 – The Portuguese under-21 international showed a good understanding with Rafa on the right flank, standing out, also, thanks to the two passes for finishing, seven valuable passes and the 100 actions with the ball, a number that no one else reached.
- Helton Leite 6.1 – In a week in which much was said about Vlachodimos, the Brazilian accumulated more points in the fight for title. At 62 minutes he was a giant and caught a shot from Winck that seemed to carry a goal.
- Seferovic 5.4 – There have been four consecutive days that the Swiss had scored and this time he just did not celebrate again due to his own fault. The number 14 shot five times – Expected Goals (xG) of 1.1 – but returned to sin at the time of finishing, missing three blatant occasions.
- Correa 5.4 – In just 22 minutes it gave speed and another sharpness to the island attack. In the discount phase, it was very close to equalizing the dispute.