After losing at the Dragão in disheartening fashion and barely squeezing past Famalicão in the cup semis, Benfica hosted high-flying Braga in search of a win that would get them back on track in their title pursuit. What happened was very far from that.
Vlachodimos: 7. There is no such thing as an unfair goal in football. However, he has some right to feel hard done by in the first goal: that corner came after he saved a shot from less than a meter out. Once again, he had several impressive saves from short range and did everything he realistically could to prevent the loss.
Tomás Tavares: 5. Although he started off poorly, getting dribbled past by Galeno in exuberant fashion, he grew into the game.
Rúben Dias: 4. He despicably shoved Raul Silva after Braga’s goal and could have easily been sent off for it. An okay performance overall.
Ferro: 4. Overall, tonight’s performance wasn’t as poor as some that preceded it, but the center back still had a depressing moment: he lost track of Palhinha for Braga’s opener.
Grimaldo: 5. The first half was his best 45 minutes in a while. As Benfica’s game became more and more reliant on crossing, his offensive contribution was gradually limited to crosses into the box, most of which were far from dangerous.