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

False entry of the pink staff in Turin. Too a lot frustration, too many missteps, few collective hits, a staff caught in a straitjacket, largely as a result of expertise and stress imposed by the Italian staff in the primary minutes of the sport. Benfica shook and… fell. In the 4th minute, after a set piece, a free throw by Paredes on the precise aspect of the Italian assault, the ball finally ends up on the pinnacle of Milik, who wins the aerial duel with Gonçalo Ramos and deflects it on the first publish. for the purpose

A painful begin for the reds who, a couple of minutes later, didn’t undergo the second as a result of Kostic, in the pink space, accomplished a cross with the ball leaving very near the left publish of the Vlachodimos purpose. The Reds suffered so much in the primary 20 minutes and solely from there started to realize 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 just about all of the offensive spending went to Vlahovic and Milik. Benfica reacted and completed the primary half a lot better. First with a ball on the iron of the Perin purpose, robust shot by Rafa. After Mireti steps on Gonçalo Ramos in the world, the provide 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 end result, 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 awesome save from Vlachodimos in a strong 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 world by Bremen, however the ball goes to Rafa who kicks arduous. Perin can solely deflect the ball to the aspect and Neres, with a robust shot, beats the Italian goalkeeper. It was the flip of the sport and a renewed Benfica for a second half the place they had been higher in virtually the whole lot. 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 sport with nice gusto.

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

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 received three valuable factors in Turin in a hard-fought recreation however a good win for the Reds.


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