PONTA DELGADA. Benfica was eventually too strong for Santa Clara with the goal of Fredrik Aursnes (9′), Gonçalo Ramos (16′) and Gonçalo Guedes (80′). Benfica was unquestionably better in terms of ball possession (67%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Estádio de São Miguel stadium in Ponta Delgada on Saturday and it started at 5:00 pm local time. The referee was Fábio José Costa Veríssimo with the collaboration of Pedro Nuno de Sá Martins and Hugo Marques. The 4th official was Flávio Dinis Lima. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 15.4 degrees Celsius or 59.72 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 63%.
Benfica had a strong ball possession 67% while Santa Clara was struggling with a 33% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Benfica was more pushing with 77 dangerous attacks and 15 shots of which 6 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Benfica won the match.
Santa Clara shot 9 times, 1 on target, 8 off target. Talking about the opposition, Benfica shot 15 times, 6 on target, 9 off target.
Santa Clara received 1 yellow card (Ítalo). On the opposite side, Benfica received 2 yellow cards (Fredrik Aursnes and Morato).
After playing this contest, Santa Clara will stay with 14 points to hold in the 16th place. Talking about the opposition, Benfica will have 44 points to sit in the 1st place.
In the next match in the Liga Portugal, Santa Clara will play away with Casa Pia on the 29th of January with a 0-0 head to head.
Benfica will play away agasint Arouca on the 1st of February with a 11-1 head to head statistic in favor of Benfica (1 draw).
Santa Clara – Formation
Santa Clara started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
The manager António Jorge Rocha Simão decided to play with the following team: Gabriel Batista, Diogo Calila , Kennedy Boateng , Ítalo , Paulo Henrique , Matheus Araújo , Adriano Firmino , Kento Misao , Gabriel Silva , Bruno Almeida and Matheus Babi .
The home team had on the bench: Xavier Quintilla, Ricardinho, Rildo , Kyosuke Tagawa , Bruno Jordão, Costinha , Ricardo Fernandes, Victor Bobsin and Paulo.
Santa Clara made 4 changes: Matheus Nunes Oliveira for Ricardinho (29′), Matheus Babi for K. Tagawa (64′), Bruno Almeida for Costinha (74′) and Ricardinho for Rildo (74′).
Best player: Bruno Almeida
Following our analysis, the most impressive player for Santa Clara was Bruno Almeida.
His rating iswith 12 passes (75% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 2 duels out of 6. He performed 12 crosses.
Benfica – Formation
Benfica started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
Roger Schmidt played with: Odysseas Vlachodimos, Alexander Bah , António Silva , Felipe Morato , Alejandro Grimaldo , Florentino Luís , Enzo Fernández , João Mário , Julian Draxler , Fredrik Aursnes and Gonçalo Ramos .
These were the players on the bench: Joao Neves, Gilberto, Andreas Schjelderup, Lucas Veríssimo, David Neres, Petar Musa, Gonçalo Guedes , Gil Dias, Chiquinho and Samuel Soares.
Benfica made 6 changes: Florentino for Victor Bobsin (64′), João Mário for Chiquinho (64′), Fredrik Aursnes for Gonçalo Guedes (64′), Florentino for David Neres (64′), Julian Draxler for João Neves (82′) and Gonçalo Ramos for Petar Musa (90′).
Best player: Enzo Fernández
The player that probably impressed the most for Benfica was Enzo Fernández even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 93 passes (83% accurate) and 2 key passes. He was won 11 duels out of 14. He performed 8 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Liga Portugal.