Midfielder Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga
Bender produced a typical captain's performance as he and Leverkusen impressed in a 3-1 victory Wednesday against Benfica in Champions League Group C.
Bender was seemingly everywhere as Leverkusen dominated last season's Primeira Liga champions. Defensively he was very solid, was unlucky to hit the post early on and was involved in good build-up play to Heung-Min Son's goal. Bender was eventually substituted to make room for defender Giulio Donati in the 82nd minute with the game all but won.