Tonight brought us the first leg of the Portuguese Cup semifinals against high flying Famalicão. Bearing in mind that our next match is against Porto, there was much less tweaking in the starting eleven than could have been expected. Jardel replaced Ferro, but had an unfortunate match. Gabriel played in lieu of Weigl, Chiquinho regained his place behind the striker and Vincius being rested meant Seferovic got a start.
Vlachodimos: 6. After a very quiet first half, he conceded twice in the second period, with no fault of his own. Still pulled off a brilliant reflex save around the 70th minute, after a shot from a central position inside Benfica's box rebounded off Rúben Dias; with a fraction of a second, he sidestepped and tipped it over the bar for a corner.
André Almeida: 5. Competent match from the captain tonight. Had a few good offensive contributions including a good ball into the area that led to Vinicius’ attempt on goal that led to Rafa’s goal.
Rúben Dias: 5. An average match. He could have defended Pedro Gonçalves’ goal better. His under rated passing was once again on display for the second goal: his pass to André Almeida broke through Famalicão’s lines.<