PSG’s scores against Benfica (1-1): Messi’s symphony, Donnarumma’s saves

Gianluigi Donnarumma: 7.5

Admittedly, he is still struggling with his shooting game (7th, 39th). But when he saves so many situations with his hands, let’s remember the primary function of a goalkeeper. From the foot (8th), with the opposite hand (18th) or even less academically (14th, 37th), he will have rejected everything for a long time before he is deceived by one of his own (42nd). He saves Paris by beating Rafa Silva at the end of the game (81′).

  • In summary : An impassable wall.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma and his incredible save against David Neres

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Ashraf Hakimi: 5

He spent his game being behind defensively. Behind was Enzo Fernandez (42′) as the Argentine delivered the perfect cross to equalise. Behind Rafa Silva (81st) as the Portuguese looked to challenge Donnarumma. Defensively his match fell far short of expectations, but the offensive part wasn’t much more convincing. Not found that often, not started that often, but he stumbles over Vlachodimos (61st).

  • In summary : We would have liked to see him more often.

Sergio Ramos: 4.5

He started the game cornered by the Portuguese pressing (9th) and never seemed to regain his composure. Rarely enthusiastic about the ball, he must have contributed to the feeling of insecurity in the Parisian defense through lost duels and sometimes accidental placements.

  • In summary : Not the great Ramos.

Marquinhos: 4

But how many duels has he lost? Still positioned in the center of the back three, the Brazilian will have suffered defensively. When Rafa Silva had a big chance, he even avoided it completely (81st). We are hesitant with the ball and therefore frankly cautious about recovery and punishing PSG in their ball games.

  • In summary : It really is time to start worrying…

Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos, in trouble against Benfica

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Danilo Pereira: 5.5

Where the ball sometimes burned his friends’ feet, he was able to restore calm (1st). He’s clearly unhappy on the csc, but it was the most reassuring of the three defenders, with some feel-good spurts (17′, 74′).

  • In summary : Solid at the post.

Nuno Mendes: 5.5

He’s still so independent in his left lane. The face of the game didn’t offer him a thousand opportunities to show himself, but each of his rises will have been incisive and allowed PSG to gain precious yards. His middle, which nobody could take back, was perfect (65th). Right after that, he held his left thigh tight before giving in.

  • In summary : He has grown well.

Replaced by Juan Bernat (68th).

Marco Veratti: 6

He had been targeted by Benfica in the first quarter of an hour and it showed. The Italian, who wasn’t always precise in his transfers, eventually regained the upper hand later on, helped by closer proximity from Lionel Messi and Vitinha. When Paris took over in the second half, it was also because the Little Owl regained control.

  • In summary : The heart of the Paris reactor.

Marco Verratti vs Benfica

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Vitinha: 6

It’s a habit, but the Portugieser was still in the oven and in the mill. He, too, took the tide for a quarter of an hour before regaining the upper hand. His technical ease offered a lot of oxygen in the middle, like this long counter sequence (34th). He is tactically very intelligent and definitely indispensable for this team.

  • In summary : As if it had been there for years.

Replaced by Fabian Ruiz (87th), Author of a heavy blow and a valuable tactical foul.

Lionel Messi: 7.5

It took him a long time to get up to support the Vitinha-Verratti duo. But it was on one of his first accelerations when he was struck by lightning. His curled left following a good movement of the MNM is divine (22nd). What followed was a demonstration of his class and technical virtuosity. Very close to the duo in the middle, he often put Paris in the right direction, like his serve for Hakimi (61st) or Mbappé (69th). The only downside, this little touch too much on a possible match ball (79th).

Replaced by Pablo Sarabia (82′).

Kylian Mbappe: 4

His start in the game was a celebration of failed transfers. If his pivot game allows Messi to score (22nd), he never seemed connected to the other members of the trio. His second half could have resulted in a great goal, but Vlachodimos decided differently (68′). Still, through his fault (74th) or because his teammates hadn’t followed suit (84th), his initiatives were much less thorough than usual. His poor final control (90+1st) sums up his complicated performance.

Kylian Mbappé, disappointed against Benfica

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Neymar: 4.5

His positioning will remain a mystery for many minutes and his awkward start to the game is undoubtedly due to this situation. He is still a crucial passer for Messi (22nd). In the second half, he hit the crossbar from the left on an artificial wheel (49th). But he experienced a technical drop before eventually walking out of his match, unnerved by the shots received. A classic.

  • In summary : Less influential, more irritable.

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