Benfica lost 0-1 to Real Sociedad, in a match in which Goal Point highlights the following data.
The beginning of the match showed what Real Sociedad wants. The Basque side were always more aggressive and effective, finishing the match with 19 defensive moves in the opposition midfield compared to just 6 from Benfica.
The Eagles lost the ball in the defensive third 22 times throughout the match, compared to only 8 times for the Spaniards. Jurassic (5 losses) and Orsnes (4) were the main protagonists in Benfica’s weakness.
It is very rare to see Benfica finish a duel in Luz with less possession and, above all, with a passing efficiency of less than 80%, but it happened. The Reds finished the game with 71 failed passes (78.3%).
Thiago Gouveia came off the bench in the 69th minute, becoming a rare positive point on the night for Luz, as the young winger touched the ball only 9 times, but won all three of the individual duels he played, leaving once again a feeling of superiority. Who deserves more chances
Benfica finished the group stage with four goals that could have been… 8. The Reds allowed 8.3 expected goals (xG), the highest value among all participating teams so far.
By Joel Point
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