Tottenham 1 Benfica 3: Player ratings

Tottenham 1 Benfica 3: Player ratings as Spurs suffer a heavy first-leg loss at White Hart Lane

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Tottenham
1
Benfica
3

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Tried in vain to stretch to keep Rodrigo’s precise effort out and pulled off a couple of smart saves thereafter but left helpless for the second and well beaten for the third. 6/10

Kyle Walker Solid performance before picking up an injury in the second-half. Replaced by Rose. 6

Younes Kaboul Handed the captain’s armband but certainly didn’t lead from the front as he lost Luisao for the second and was caught cold on several occasions. 5

Jan Vertonghen Given a vote of confidence after his costly slip at Stamford Bridge but looks a shadow of the player who first arrived in north London. Looks shaky on the ball and devoid of all confidence. Booked and now suspended for next week. 5

Kyle Naughton Culpable for Rodrigo’s goal as he was caught unaware and out of tune with his defence. Tried to get forward at every opportunity but outmuscled. 5

Aaron Lennon Some bright, energetic bursts caused some problems but lacked an end product as he seemed to be carrying a knock. 6

Paulinho Slighter better than his midfield partner but nothing special from the Brazilian. Not good enough for the hefty price tag against a decent but tolerable opposition. 6

Sandro Plenty of endeavor but too much exuberance as he saw yellow early for a reckless foul which set the tone for his evening. Continued to give needless fouls away. 5

Christian Eriksen Roamed effectively but the central areas were largely overcrowded and had little room to manoeuvre for the most part. His moment of brilliance from the dead ball. 6

Emmanuel Adebayor Threw himself around and caused a couple of problems but met his match in Luisao. 6

Harry Kane Before the game his manager said the youngster would occupy the number ten role but his performance only justified the question marks surrounding his inclusion. 6

Substitutes

Roberto Soldado Had little impact. 5

Danny Rose N/A

Bentaleb N/A

Benfica

Jan Oblak Quiet evening for the shot stopper who was rarely called into action until the hour mark when he was forced to pick the ball out of his net. 6

Luisao A stellar performance from the veteran who mopped up anything loose and won every ball thrown in his direction. Outmuscled Adebayor throughout and broke free of Kaboul to head home his sides’s second and emphatically slammed home the third. 7

Guilherme Siqueira Solidity personified as he dealt with anything that came his way. 7

Ezequiel Garay (Man of the match) Outstandingly eye-catching evening’s work for the former Real Madrid man, who dominated the engine room for large parts and dictated the pace of the game with his cool and composed essence. Won the header for the third. 8

Sílvio Gave away the free kick that afforded Spurs a way back into the game and tie. Consequently booked and now out of the second leg. 6

Ljubomir Fejsa N/A

Rúben Amorim The inept Spurs defence were unable to deal with his wicked set-piece as Luisao nodded home from close range. 7

Miralem Sulejmani Largely ineffective until being replaced in the second-half. 5

Óscar Cardozo Disappointing showing from the Paraguayan as he had very little impact on proceedings before being withdrawn on the hour mark. 6

Rodrigo Is this the same Rodrigo that spent a season at Bolton? Has come into his own in Portugal and showed why he’s so highly rated with a skilful showing typified by his classy run and finish in the first half. 8

Lazar Marković Held the ball up well and caused Kaboul no end of problems but didn’t get a sniff on front of goal. 6

Substitutes

Enzo Pérez Worked hard when he came on with some direct running. 6

Nicolás Gaitán Oozed class on the ball as he kept possession expertly. 7

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