Benfica returned to winning ways in Liga NOS three games later. The “red” team received and won Rio Ave 2-0, with the two goals scored by Haris Seferovic and Pizzi in a second part of good quality, in contrast to the first, in which the Vila-condenses were much more dangerous.
Helton Leite, the post and some offensive disinspiration prevented the outsiders to score, and in the second half, the “eagles” exchanged the ball with more speed, pressed further and completely annulled their opponent.
The game explained in numbers
- Jorge Jesus proceeded to three changes compared to the “eleven” who lost 3-2 with Arsenal. Jan Vertoghen, injured, Otamendi, suspended, and Laceoptionally gave rise to Jardel (which formed a pair of exchanges with Lucas Veríssimo), Luca Waldschmidt e Everton “Cebolinha”.
- Also noteworthy is the absence of Darwin Nunez summoned, due to injury. In Rio Ave, the only change was the departure of the punished Nélson Monte and the entry of Costinha, on the right side.
- The first move of great danger happened at nine minutes, when Everton collected on the left, flexed towards the middle and, at the entrance of the area, shot well and very placed, so placed that the ball found in the bar from the goal of Pawel Kieszek, almost at the junction with the post.
- Benfica dominated the first 15 minutes of the match, with more ball (56%), good passing efficiency (88%), especially the vertical (75%), two shots, one framed, and already eight ball actions in the Rio Ave area. for their part, they had a clear idea: retrieve the ball and quickly put it in front, for the speed of Rafael Camacho and Gelson Dala. And with that they added a shot, framed. And at 21 minutes, a great occasion for Rio Ave, with Dala working well to the left of the penalty area and shooting with an iron.
- By half an hour the visitors had already defensive problems stopped and kept Benfica out of their goal, with the same two shots. Rio Ave had no more than 40% of possession, but registered four shots, three framed and threatened the goal, more than the “eagles” themselves.
- For this reason, Helton Leite, Benfica goalkeeper, led the ratings, with 6.0, fruit of three defenses, one less than eight meters away. Even so, at 32 minutes it was Benfica who was close to the goal, with Haris Seferovic arriving late to a beautiful tense intersection of Diogo Gonçalves from the right.
- And at 40 minutes one great job “made in Alcochete”. Camacho fled on the left, crossed late and, in the penalty area, Francisco Geraldes shot wide for Helton Leite’s great save, increasingly one of the figures of the match. The draw was beginning to be flattering for the “red” and the disadvantage almost happened shortly after, when Lucas Veríssimo and Helton did not understand each other, the ball was left for Camacho, who finished off the side meshes.
- Null in Luz at halftime, but with more than enough chances for the marker to have already worked. AND the most dangerous team was the visiting team.
- Rio Ave had less ball, attacked less, but when it did, it was very close to scoring in more than one situation, cum a ball to the iron and several important defenses of Helton Leite.
- Only one mistake that gave Camacho the opportunity to score took the Brazilian goalkeeper off the top of the GoalPoint Ratings, who reached the interval with Adel Taarabt no command.
- The Moroccan registered a 6.4, the result of 50 ball actions (maximum of the game), three valuable offensive passes, two tackles and 100% success in five dribbling attempts.
- Benfica’s strong re-entry, pressing in more advanced areas, swapping the ball more quickly and creating several dangerous moves. The clearest at 55 minutes, when Seferovic took advantage of a lost ball in the area to shoot. But with everything to earn, he let Kieszek defend. The Swiss, with four shots and two striking occasions, increased his expected goals (xG) to 0.9, without being able to score.
- The 58 minutes was Waldschmidt to emerge against the Pole, who once again denied a goal almost made to the “reds”. The Benfica goal was to be guessed, which would appear in the 59th minute. Another good attack move, Everton, with a slight touch, served Seferovic who, this time, did not fail. A goal on the 12th shot by the home team in the game, framed room.
- At game time, that is, in the first quarter of an hour of the second half, Benfica already had twice the shots (8) they had recorded in the first half (4) and three times the framed (3-1), up to 70% possession of the ball and the overwhelming majority of attack throws. And in the 71st minute the goal did not appear because, in reloading a first shot by Seferovic, saved by Kieszek, Pizzi shot “into the clouds”.
- The clock struck 75 minutes and Benfica recorded 60% possession of the ball, 14 shots, five framed, Rio Ave 11 shots, five with good direction and began to press ahead and hamper the exits of the “incarnates” of his defensive third. But after 78 minutes, the hosts expanded. An excellent move by exchanging balls at the first touch, Everton left it to Pizzi who “shot” the goal from Vila-Condense. It was the Brazilian’s second assist in the match.
- Until the end, Benfica had some more good attacks, with Pizzi close to bisar, but his shot came out slightly over the top. Thus, Benfica managed to return to winning ways, thanks to the great second half, because in the first, he can thank Helton Leite and some fortune for not conceding goals.
The best in the field GoalPoint
Adel Taarabt’s competent game against Rio Ave, especially in unbalanced movements and in one-to-one.
The Moroccan was the best in the field this Monday at Estádio da Luz, ordinary GoalPoint Rating of 6.9, being in some of the best offensive moves.
Played for about an hour, but enough to add six valuable offensive passes and do “head in water” to opponents in dribble, I try to complete six, that is, 100%, four of them in the last third.
- Lace 6.6 – The Portuguese international played in the last half-hour, but his impact on the game was immense. In addition to the goal he scored, he made three shots, six valuable offensive passes, missed only one of 32 deliveries (97% effective), recovered the ball four times and added three ball actions in the opposite area. It would certainly have been the MVP, had it not missed a blatant occasion.
- Everton “Cebolinha” 6.4 – The Brazilian international is showing flashes of his quality and, in this match, he was a few holes above the last meetings. Everton made both assists, recorded three passes for submission, seven valuable offensive passes, was successful in two of four crosses and accumulated six ball actions in the area. He missed a goal, because the bar denied him that attempt.
- Diogo Gonçalves 6.4 – The young right-back was one of the most consistent of Benfica throughout the match, especially attacking. In addition to a striking occasion created in two passes for completion – expected assists (xA) of 0.7 -, he made four valuable offensive passes, succeeded in three of seven crosses and completed 45 of the 48 passes (94%).
- Pawel Kieszek 6.2 – The best element of Rio Ave, especially for what he did in the second half, to avoid goals from Benfica in the best period of the “reds”. In all, there were four defenses, all shooting from wide area, one from less than eight meters.
- Julian Weigl 6.2 – Very well the German in this match, revealing an increasingly better positioning, which allows him to intercept many moves. Altogether there were four interceptions, four defensive actions in the opposite midfield (maximum of the game), six recoveries of possession, nine certain progressive passes, four flank variations and 61 completed passes, also maximum of the encounter.
- Haris Seferovic 5.0 – The Swiss must certainly be responsible for several attacks on the nerves of Benfica fans. Very willing and committed, he was the best shot of the match, with seven shots, four of them framed, scored a goal and added 11 ball actions in the opposite area. But he managed to miss three blatant occasions.