Tonight was the night he ended his much talked-about European goal drought, slotting beneath Benfica keeper Artur in the second half to temporarily level matters. A goal that he chose to dedicate to "my family and the people I love" after the game.
Yet far more important than any personal significance it might have had is what it means to Juventus and their chances of reaching the final. And Carlitos Tevez's strike keeps Juve's hopes very much alive going onto the second leg. The Argentine insisted: "The goal is not important, what's important is that the tie remains open. It doesn't matter whether I score or not."
Commenting then on the match itself, Tevez concurred with the views of his team-mates and coach that, "We played well and dominated proceedings but failed to make the most of the opportunities we had. We have another 90 minutes to qualify."
The Apache also stressed that he has no fitness concerns before talking up his side's chances of reaching the Europa League final: "We have a very good chance of going through. Qualification is still open."