Atualizado: 29 de Jan de 2020
Photo credit: MaisFutebol.
As the sun set on Sunday, Benfica travelled North to play Paços, a traditionally difficult away match. The only one change from the eleven that beat Sporting on the 17th was Rafa replacing Chiquinho as the supporting striker. Rafa’s inclusion rewarded his game-winning substitute appearance in that very position against Alvalade, in which he scored a brace in a tough 2-0 away win. Benfica looked to build on that result and reach a provisory 10-point lead over Porto, who only play midweek.
Vlachodimos: 7. Had two great pure reflex saves after corners, one in each half. Even though he’s developed certain aspects of his game, such as his presence outside the box, his reflexes have always been his best feature.
Grimaldo: 6. While not as dangerous as he can be on the offensive end, he’s as strong as ever in build-up: he always picks the right option, whether that is providing a wide option when the opposition pressed inside, moving inward when Paços blocked the wing or beating his marker one-on-one and dribbling past him. Had a great freekick attempt early on.
Ferro: 7. Played a lovely long pass to Rafa, creating the chance that led to the second goal. This match represented somewhat of a return to form, after a disastrous run of games. Tanque, who led the line for Paços, is weak in 1v1 situations and had a night off. Won 4 out of 6 aerial duels, which was important as Paços despaired and pursued route-one football.