An absolutely crazy start was followed by a much cagier, quieter period – both sides retained their unbeaten record.
Jorge Jesus selected Lima as his second striker, and Nico Gaitan rather than Ola John on the left of midfield.
Vitor Pereira was without his outside-right James Rodriguez, a significant loss. In his place, midfielder Steven Defour played out of position.
There were three distinct phases in this game – (1) a goal-crazy opening 20 minutes, (2) Porto dominance for the rest of the first half, (3) a stronger showing from Benfica after half-time. Read more »