THE BALL – Benfica beat Juventus in 12th consecutive victory (Champions League)

False entry of the crimson crew in Turin. Too a lot angst, too many misplaced passes, few collective hits, a crew caught in a straitjacket largely because of the expertise and strain imposed by the Italian crew in the opening minutes of the sport. Benfica shook and… fell. In the 4th minute, after a set piece, a free kick by Paredes on the precise facet of the Italian assault, the ball finally ends up on the top of Milik, who wins the aerial duel with Gonçalo Ramos and diverts it to the primary. stick for the purpose.

A painful begin for the Reds who, a couple of minutes later, solely missed the second as a result of Kostic, in the crimson space, completed a cross with the ball that went very near the left submit of the Vlachodimos purpose. The Reds suffered so much in the primary 20 minutes and solely from there started to achieve wings. Almost all the time from the identical protagonists. Two headers from Gonçalo Ramos (21′ and 27′), a cross from Neres, introduced hazard to Perin’s purpose.

More was wanted, nonetheless, to pierce the fixed Italian protection, led by Bonucci, very routine in a 3x5x2 system, in which nearly all of the offensive spending went to Vlahovic and Milik. Benfica reacted and completed the primary half significantly better. First with a ball on the iron of the Perin purpose, sturdy shot by Rafa. After Mireti steps on Gonçalo Ramos in the realm, the supply is analyzed by VAR and the Reds profit from a most penalty which is transformed by João Mário. Equality over the interval that allowed larger consolation to face the second 45 minutes. A good consequence, even so, given the expansion of these incarnated in the ultimate moments of the primary half.

In the ultimate stage, completely different situation. Benfica have already entered the match with extra confidence. Bah gave the primary sign with a shot from distance and Milik (once more…) made an ideal save from Vlachodimos in a robust shot that also deflected João Mário.

But it was Benfica who responded most affirmatively. Discreetly and purposefully. From David Neres, in a purpose with an essential stamp from Enzo Fernández who wins a duel with Milik, he offers it to Gonçalo Ramos who’s stopped in the realm by Bremen, however the ball goes to Rafa who kicks exhausting. Perin can solely deflect the ball to the facet and Neres, with a powerful shot, beats the Italian goalkeeper. It was the flip of the sport and a renewed Benfica for a second half the place they have been higher in nearly every thing. Rafa was near the third (63′) however Perín averted the worst for the Italians who even launched Di Maria to create extra difficulties for the reds. Italian desperation, additionally coming from the stands, helped the Reds who at this stage dominated the match with nice gusto.

But the third purpose was delayed and Juventus have been threatening. Kean nonetheless struck the ball (71′), in what was the perfect Italian probability of the season, forcing Roger Schmidt to vary groups. The sport broke down in the ultimate minutes, ball right here, ball there, however the Eagles withstood the Italian strain.

In the ultimate moments, he nonetheless sighed after Vlahovic put the ball in the purpose, however offside, and he sighed much more after the ultimate whistle. He obtained three treasured factors in Turin in a hard-fought sport however a good win for the Reds.


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