Oct 22, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoAS Monaco
0-0
Benfica

Carvalho (71'), Kurzawa (78'), Ferreira Carrasco (95')
FT

Eliseu (8'), Lopez (26'), Salvio (36')
Lopez (76')

Player Ratings: Monaco 0-0 Benfica

Sports Mole rates and slates the players from Monaco's 0-0 draw with Benfica in Champions League Group C.

Benfica survived the final 15 minutes with 10 men to secure their first Champions League Group C point of the season courtesy of a 0-0 stalemate with Monaco.

Lisandro Lopez's late dismissal meant that the previously-threatening visitors had to abandon their quest for victory and hold out for a draw at the Stade Louis II.

The Portuguese outfit remain bottom of the table, while Monaco are second behind Bayer Leverkusen having yet to lose in Europe this campaign.

Below, Sports Mole rates and slates the performances of the individuals on show.



Benfica's Argentine forward Eduardo Salvio vies with Monaco's French defender Layvin Kurzawa during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match Monaco (ASM) vs Benfica (SLB) at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on October 22, 2014© Getty Images

MONACO

Goal

Danijel Subasic: Made several important saves to keep Monaco on level terms when they were being pressed back at 11 vs. 11. Stops from Lima and Nicolas Gaitan were particularly impressive. (8/10)

Defence

Fabinho: Was given a tough time by the excellent Gaitan, but took the opportunity to venture forward himself when given the chance and generally put in a good shift. (6/10)

Ricardo Carvalho: The 36-year-old still has many of the qualities that made him one of the best defenders in the Premier League while he was at Chelsea. Showed why he has recently earned a Portugal recall with an assured display. (7/10)

Andrea Raggi: His physicality helped him quell the minimal threat of Lima for the most part. Had a golden opportunity to win the game in stoppage time, but headed wide from six yards. (6/10)

Layvin Kurzawa: Suggested that he would be a good attacking outlet for Monaco with some early bursts forward, but was then pinned back by the counter-attacking threat of the visitors. (6/10)

Midfield

Joao Moutinho: Needs to do more to get his goal-shy side firing. His set-piece delivery was poor and he failed to create a single chance for any of Monaco's forwards. More was expected of the midfielder. (5/10)

Jeremy Toulalan: Plays an important role in making Monaco as tight defensively as they are with his protection of the back four and even had a couple of long-range shots on target. (7/10)

Geoffrey Kondogbia: Struggled to exert his physical presence on the game. There was no sign of his trademark powerful running and he seemed immobile compared to Benfica's midfield. Not good enough for a £17m signing. (5/10)

Attack

Nabil Dirar: Got in behind a couple of times but drifted in and out of the game. A naive defensive mistake would have cost them a goal in the second half had it not been for Subasic's save from Gaitan. (6/10)

Dimitar Berbatov: Passed up his only genuine chance before his withdrawal by squaring for Lucas Ocampos to miss from eight yards. Seemed to pull a muscle in the process of volleying over from 30 yards and was substituted on 34 minutes. (6/10)

Lucas Ocampos: Will have nightmares about his eighth-minute miss, when he had an open goal to aim at, and elsewhere had little influence. Is supposedly being watched by Jose Mourinho, but will not impress him with performances like this one. (4/10)

Substitutes

Anthony Martial: Offered Monaco something different in attack with his direct runs. Went close with one good effort and his pace could have troubled the Benfica defence further had he been given the service. (7/10)

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco: Perhaps unfortunate not to start, the Belgian delivered a superb 94th-minute corner from which Raggi should have netted the winner. (7/10)

Bernardo Silva: Being booed by the visiting fans of his former club was about as involved as he got during his brief cameo. (5/10)



Benfica's coach Jorge Jesus gestures during the UEFA Champions League group C football match SL Benfica vs Olympiacos FC at Luz Stadium in Lisbon on October 23, 2013© Getty Images

BENFICA

Goal

Artur: Did what he had to competently, but was never severely tested by anything that Monaco threw at him. (6/10)

Defence

Maxi Pereira: A solid performance as usual from the Uruguayan full-back, who made a couple of crucial late clearances to help his side close out the result. (6/10)

Lisandro Lopez: Had been putting on a good display before his foolish lack of discipline saw him sent off late on, and cost his side the chance to press for victory in the final 15 minutes. (6/10)

Luisao: Commanding in the air, the Benfica captain is a great asset from set pieces at both ends. Could be found out against a quicker forward line as his battle with Martial suggested. (7/10)

Eliseu: An early booking meant that he could not get that close to Dibar from then on, and he allowed the winger in behind on a few occasions. His crossing was mixed, but more bad than good. (5/10)

Midfield

Eduardo Salvio: With him on one flank and Gaitan on the other, the Portuguese outfit have two players who are willing to run with the ball, and that excites fans and scares defenders in equal measure. His decision making was not the best at times. (7/10)

Andre Almeida: Played the deep-lying role in what was essentially a two-man midfield and helped things tick over. (6/10)

Enzo Perez: Provided the bite and intensity in the centre of the park to help Benfica match what was, on paper, a formidable Monaco midfield three. (7/10)

Nicolas Gaitan: Benfica's outstanding player, the Argentine was a constant threat on the left flank, helping his side's rapid transitions. Would have been worthy of the winning goal had Subasic not stuck out a strong hand to deny him. Benfica's chances of victory went when he was sacrificed on 80 minutes following the red card. (8/10)

Attack

Lima: Was bullied out of several challenges by Raggi and Carvalho. Tidy on the ball, but not brave or physical enough to perform in a lone forward role when Talisca dropped into midfield. (5/10)

Talisca: Showed good work rate but did not have a single chance to add to the six goals that he has scored so far this season before he was taken off on 68 minutes. (6/10)

Substitutes

Bebe: The former Manchester United's striker's introduction came 10 minutes before the red card and he ended up spending most of his time chasing down lost causes. (5/10)

Cesar: Replaced Gaitan to fill in for Lisandro Lopez at the heart of defence and helped Benfica see out the draw, although he lost Raggi at the back post from a stoppage-time corner. (6/10)

Andreas Samaris: Came on in the final few minutes to provide fresh legs and wind the clock down. (6/10)


Benfica's Argentine forward Eduardo Salvio vies with Monaco's French defender Layvin Kurzawa during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match Monaco (ASM) vs Benfica (SLB) at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on October 22, 2014
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