On Wednesday evening, Juventus hosted Benfica in the second round of the Champions League group stage. The Bianconeri They were desperate for a win that would put them on the scoreboard, and their evening started on a positive note with Arkadiusz Milik scoring an early goal. Unfortunately for the Italians, their rhythm slowed down as the match progressed allowing the Eagles to bounce back thanks to Joao Mario’s penalty and David Neres’ win, leaving their European hopes hanging by a thread. So here are our player ratings for the Allianz Stadium match between Juventus and Benfica.
Mattia Perin – 7
The former Genoa goalkeeper is one of the few Juventus players who can leave the field with his head held high. He couldn’t do much on Mario’s penalty and block Rafael Silva before Benfica’s second goal. The embarrassing score was blocked by a series of balls.
Gleeson Bremer – 5.5
Mixed bag for the powerful Brazilian defender. He made several major interventions, but seemed lost at times. He missed an easy chance to equalize when he found himself in a one-on-one confrontation with the goalkeeper.
Leonardo Bonucci – 6.5
The captain may be one of the culprits in the second goal, but he still made a bunch of crucial blocks and interceptions to keep his team in the game for as long as possible. It was visibly exhausted at the end.
Danilo – 5
The former Porto man started his night on a positive note by keeping Neres away, but lost control completely in the second half, allowing his compatriot to riot.
John Square – 4.5
Another disappointing night for the Colombian who clearly needs some time to catch his breath. Missed opportunities with fruitless rounds and unwise decisions.
Weston McKinney – 5.5
The American is doing his best on the pitch for the team’s cause, but unfortunately, that shouldn’t be enough to secure a starting point at Juventus. His death leaves much to be desired.
Leandro Paredes – 6.5
Although it wasn’t his best show, the Argentine had one of the best that often disappointed. He assisted Milik with a superb free kick, chasing the ball all over the field and even covering defenders at times.
Fabio Meretti – 5.5
To his credit, the teenager was having a good walk before taking a penalty. Until then, the rest of his teammates left him to fend for himself and had no luck catching Ramos’ leg.
Philip Kostek – 5
The Serbian winger looked inspired at the start of the match, and almost doubled the old lady’s lead. However, he faded when Juve needed him most, and there was nowhere to be seen in the second half.
Arcadius Melek – 6.5
He picked up the pole from where he left on Sunday night against Salernitana. While his goal stood this time, his teammates failed to maintain the lead. And Vlachodemos threatened another cheeky shot in the second half.
Dusan Vlahovic – 4.5
The former Fiorentina man doesn’t have the best of times. He was barely able to smell the ball, and cut into a frustrated figure throughout the confrontation. He scored a goal using his body, but was repelled by a subtle offside call.
Mattia Di Siglio – 5.5
The full-back performed decently when he made his debut down the left flank, but his shift to the right backfired as he struggled to tackle Joao Mario.
Angel Di Maria – 5.5
The Argentine missed a golden opportunity to equalize and was clearly far from his best physical form. Some flashes of talent are still shown occasionally.
Moise Kean – 5.5
It wasn’t a horrific outing from the young Italian who nearly instigated the equalizer when his ball veered off Silva’s leg.
Niccolo Fagioli – 5
The midfielder had absolutely no impact on the match and was hardly seen during his appearance.
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Odysseus Flashodemus – 6
Oddly enough, it was not an eventful night, as the Greek guardian of Allianz had expected. He could have done a bit of Milik’s header, but he saved well for the latter’s skewed shot.
Alexander Bah – 6
The Dane had a rough start to the match, and secured a reservation for a challenge on Meriti. But he grew stronger in the second half, nullifying Kostik’s threat.
Nicholas Otamendi – 7.5
Fantastic display from the Benfica captain, who managed to beat Vlahovic in almost every ball. Despite his relatively advanced age, his cadence never decreased.
Antonio Silva – 7
At the age of 18, the Portuguese teenager is on track to become the next defensive player in Europe. He showed maturity beyond his age when dealing with the Juventus strikers.
Alex Grimaldo – 6
Truth has to be said, more was expected from the Barcelona youth producer who has recently been linked with a switch to Torino. He didn’t push forward as expected, but did well to contain Cuadrado and support his teammates in defence.
Florentine Louis – 6.5
The 23-year-old made a generous offer and wasn’t afraid to get dirty with his interventions. He got a reservation for his efforts, but helped Benfica win the battle in the middle of the park.
Enzo Fernandez – 6.5
It was a slow start for the Argentine midfielder, but in the end the midfield was in his grasp. He instigated Benfica’s second goal with an excellent run.
David Neres – 7
After initially struggling to get past Danilo, the former Ajax man ran away from his mark to pounce on the rebound and put his name on the score sheet. The Juventus defender had to pull him out of his shirt after losing a duel.
Rafa Silva – 7
The second striker may be the most talented and dangerous player for the Lisbon-based club. He contributed to the second goal and almost scored one from long range.
Joao Mario – 6
The former Inter man was barely seen before taking the penalty. His performance improved in the second half, but Bremer was better than him on several occasions.
Goncalo Ramos – 7
Although he did not score, the young striker had a huge role in his team’s victory. He won the penalty that resulted in a tie before placing the winner with his clever move inside the Juventus area.
Frederic Orsnes – N/A
Chiquinho – N / A
Petar Musa – N / A
Diogo Goncalves –
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