Benfica returned to the triumphs after having beaten Portimonense by 5-1, in a match related to the 28th round of the Liga NOS, after the defeat registered in the reception to Gil Vicente.
However, it was not an easy duel for the eagles, who were at a disadvantage, but managed to get around the “placard” already in the complementary stage, where they devastated the opponent. Beto (a serious case) opened the scoring, but Pizzi, Darwin (who came in after the break), Seferovic (with an encore worth the lead of the goalscorers in the competition) and Everton were the service markers. Those from Portimão have the same 32 points with which they started this round, while those from Lisbon returned to occupy the third position and reduced the handicap in relation to the leader Sporting to ten points.
The game explained in numbers
- Two changes to each of the two sets. In the Algarve, Salmani and Fabrício occupied the vacancies of Ewerton and Anzai, who had been regulars before Famalicão. In the “eagles”, the Germans Weigl (personal reasons) and Luca Waldschmidt (option) have been replaced by Gabriel and Pizzi, respectively.
- A lot of struggle and little inspiration in the opening minutes in Portimão. Only two shots to register, one for each side, and 57 ball losses in total, 27 for the Algarve and 30 for the “outsiders”.
- We had to wait until the passing of the 28th minute to see a dangerous move. In a combination with Pizzi, Rafa fired with danger and missed the 0-1 by a few centimeters. At this stage, five “shots” had already been made, two for the house, both noncompliant, and three for the “red” (one framed).
- In the first half-hour of the meeting, Vertonghen accumulated the best rating, a 6.2, the result of a shot, two crosses, just two failed passes in 24 (92% effective), four long passes, four right progressive passes, 37 ball actions, five possession recoveries and two interceptions.
- On the first occasion, Portimonense scored in the second shot he made. In the 43rd minute, Boa Morte watched and Beto, after overcoming the three central Benfica goals, shot and scored the 11th goal in the course of this season. It was the striker’s fifth goal in the last four meetings.
- However, on the last breath of the first half, Vertonghen in the opening, Grimaldo in the assist and Pizzi in the finish found their way to the “try” of the tie, in the move that was best orchestrated by JJ’s men. It was the 14th straight shot of jersey 21 so far, the fourth in the competition.
- Almost total effectiveness of both sets in the first 47 minutes of action in Portimão. Paulo Sérgio’s “troops” opened the scoring the first time they shot towards the opposing goal. The “eagles” responded almost in the same coin and tied the second time (in eight attempts) when they managed to target Samuel Portugal’s goal. Despite having more possession of the ball (73% versus 27%), Benfica never managed to overcome the strategy well developed by the Algarve. With three shots, one goal, two passes to finish and five valuable passes, 40 actions with the ball – six of which were in the opponent’s area -, Pizzi was the one who ordered the most with a GoalPoint Rating from 7.1.
- With Lucas (replacing Fabrício) and Darwin Núñez (in Gabriel’s spot), the Lisboners gave the first sign when Darwin, in great shape, missed the 1-2 and fired over the goal.
- In the second attempt, at 50 minutes, the Uruguayan striker managed to redeem himself and signed the second goal “red” after getting the better of Maurício and Lucas and following a pass endorsed by Taarabt. It was the sixth goal (in 24 days) for the former Almería player in the championship. Of Benfica’s ten shots, three were framed and two ended up in the back of the net for the Portimão emblem.
- Crazy minutes followed, with danger lurking around the two areas, with the most egregious occasions occurring at 59 ′, with Darwin, lying on the left side, preferring to watch Seferovic when he could (and should) have risked the shot, and at 62 when Beto, alone, got the better of the three central opponents and only Helton Leite’s reflexes prevented 2-2. In this period, Portimonense had 30% of possession, five shots (three on target) and three corners. Benfica already had 70% of possession, 11 shots (three on target) and two corners.
- The 64th minute elapsed when Diogo Gonçalves took off, got Fali Candé out of the way, entered the area and, at the right time, watched Seferovic, who finished effectively and extended the lead to 1-3. It was the Swiss’s 17th goal in the competition, he who once again “caught” Pedro Gonçalves in the scoring list, and the fourth assist of the right winger in Liga NOS.
- With high artistic note. This is how the Benfica players managed to reach 1-4. In a drawing in which Grimaldo, Darwin and Rafa got along perfectly, it was the Spaniard who attended (eighth time at the time) Seferovic, who in the area of the second post, only had to pull over to take the lead of the best scorers in the Liga NOS, now with 18 accurate shots.
- In the discount phase, Everton was cool and made the final 1-5, after assistance from another alternate, compatriot Pedrinho. It was the fourth time that the former player of Grémio de Porto Alegre has scored a goal in this edition of the championship.
- The Portimonense, who came from three consecutive games to win, in which he scored nine goals, failed to give continuity to the last good results nor to Beto’s goal-streak (five “goals” in four matches). The teams trained by Paulo Sérgio continue without winning the “eagles” in the championship, adding nine defeats and a draw.
- On the other side, Jorge Jesus’ men smiled again, after the mishap with Gil Vicente, and reached their fourth burst victory in the last four trips. The team has scored ten consecutive goals, with Seferovic having scored seven goals in the last four rounds outside Estádio da Luz.
The best in the field GoalPoint
Back to Jorge Jesus’ initial options, Captain Pizzi shouted “present” again and more than justified the coach’s bet. After a first part in which he played on the line of three with Rafa and Seferovic, he retreated on the ground with Gabriel’s departure at the break, however, not losing influence on the team’s maneuvers. The target of numerous criticisms, it demonstrated once again that it is a crucial piece in the “eagles”. In the 88 minutes he played, he made a draw, made three shots in total, three passes to finish, five valuable passes, 78 actions with the ball, seven shares in the Algarve area, having also regained possession on three occasions. For all this, it was the MVP of the meeting with a GoalPoint Rating from 7.6.
- Seferovic 7.2 – Once again, the Swiss “ugly duckling” was in a “mood” and was crucial in the outcome of the scoreboard, scored twice and took the lead of the league scorers with 18 goals. In Portimão, after a first part in which he was “abandoned”, he used Darwin’s input to dictate the difference. Of your data, highlight for four shots (two goals), three valuable passes and five actions with the ball in the opposite area. To review, the six bad ball controls (maximum negative).
- Taarabt 7.1 – On the retina, the pass he executed and which resulted in 1-2, moreover, was always connected to the chain, making another positive display, where he was effective in the four dribbles attempted, made seven recoveries and six valuable passes. To review, the 18 times he lost possession and the three times he was dribbled.
- Willyan 7.0 – He was the best element of Portimonense, even though he left on 66 minutes, at a stage when the team was chasing the loss. Until then, he was the author of a shot, two passes for finishing and 11 ball recoveries (maximum in the game).
- Vertonghen 7.0 – Good “performance” by the Belgian: two shots, 13 correct progressive passes, nine long passes, 80 spherical actions and three offensive aerial duels won in so many others in which he intervened.
- Darwin Nunez 6.9 – And everything the Uruguayan has changed. The entry on the scene of the number “9” was decisive for the change that occurred in the match. Sharp, he got on well with Seferovic and was a constant headache for the opposite defense. In 49 minutes, he scored a goal in three shots, had six actions in the opponent’s area and only sinned when instead of aiming for Samuel’s goal, he chose to watch “Sefe”.
- Beto 6.5 – Alone, and while he had the strength, it was a kind of nightmare for Otamendi, Lucas Veríssimo and Vertonghen. Mobile, fast and not at all clumsy, he did what he wanted whenever he had the ball at his feet. He scored a great goal, shot three times in all, hit three of the four dribbles attempted and suffered four fouls.