Notice: Undefined variable: new_article_url in /var/www/vhosts/footballcritic.com/httpdocs/article.php on line 46

Notice: Undefined variable: new_article_url in /var/www/vhosts/footballcritic.com/httpdocs/article.php on line 49

Notice: Undefined variable: new_article_url in /var/www/vhosts/footballcritic.com/httpdocs/article.php on line 53
Primeira Liga: Rafa Silva's 16-minute cameo ruins Bruno's potential goodbye
POR Player of the Round

Primeira Liga: Rafa Silva's 16-minute cameo ruins Bruno's potential goodbye

The Benfica attacker hit a late double in the most important display in Portugal this week

 
11:00am on Monday 20th January 2020
By
Paul Macdonald
Rafa Silva
M (L), W (R) - SL Benfica - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
16'
8.7
Jan 17, 2020
16Minutes played
2Goals
2Total shots
2Shots on target
15Touches
7Passes completed

All eyes were on Bruno Fernandes on Friday night as viewers assumed this would be his last outing for Sporting as a move to Manchester United loomed.

That move hasn't happened yet, and not only that, his Sporting side were taken out in the closing stages thanks for a quick-fire double from Rafa Silva.

Silva has very much been in and out of the Benfica side of late but he utilised his mere 16 minutes on the pitch to devastating effect. His first goal was slotted home with composure with 10 minutes remaining.

And then when the game descended deep into injury time following a VAR incident, Silva showed superb composure to control a high ball and smash home first time, for the type of cameo a substitute can only dream about.

View Rafa Silva's profile, matches played and season statistics

SECOND: Diego Lopes (8.5) proved to be the creative spark for his Rio Ave team, scoring one and assisting the other in a 2-0 win.

THIRD: Pedrao (8.4) was a colossus for Vitoria in a hard-fought 1-0 win v Santa Clara.

Sporting 0-2 Benfica: FC Ratings, Match Stats and Player Stats

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months
Standings

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months

Most read