A fantastic little hand put Benfica in the quarterfinals again


A full bathroom. Benfica reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second season in a row, giving a show against Club Brugge, a shadow of the one that surprised the group stage, overwhelmed by the avalanche of games and great goals that came in Da Luz (5-1). Goncalo Ramos, with a double and an assist, he stood with his own light in a great choir performance.

After a 0-2 defeat in the first leg in Belgium, Benfica did not think any time with the advantage of the tie from the first whistle and took advantage of the fact that Bruges took risks by advancing their defense in the -attack without stopping danger. .

Roger Schmidt’s team showed a variety of resources, both combining and looking for vertical play, and a very high pace of play that gave the Belgians no choice. Driven by bands at the speed of Alexander Bah and Alejandro Grimaldothe omnipresence of Joao Mario in the midfielder and the mobility in the attack of Rafa Silva and Gonçalo Ramos, the ‘eagles’ took flight and delighted their fans. No one at Da Luz remembers that Enzo Fernández went to Chelsea in January after winning the World Cup.

Crazy at first

In minute 2, Joao Mario had a good backheel goal that was canceled after a cross from Bah due to the previous offside by Gonçalo Ramos. Bruges, included Ferran Jutglà on the bench after recovering from a stomach injury and without his other striker Andreas Skov Olsen, he responded immediately to a dangerous header from Hans Vanaken with one of his few shots all game.

After a quarter of an hour, Florentino missed a sung goal by shooting wide with the goal all to himself and shortly after goalkeeper Bjorn Meijer kept out Joao Mario’s goal on the same line after a great action from Grimaldo.

Rafa Silva’s great goal

Benfica is a steamroller and the goal is inevitable. Gonçalo Ramos put the ball on a counter and Rafa Silva did the rest: control. cut in, turn himself in and shoot with the outside of his right foot near the post (38′). His fifth goal in the Champions League was amazing.

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Already on discount for the first part, Gonçalo Ramos was sentenced Certainly, if necessary, the tie after receiving from Joao Mario, left two rivals in a span of the ground and nailed the ball to the net.

Goncalo Ramos doubled

In the second half, Benfica cheered and cheered for their fans. Grimaldo, who is more of a winger than a winger, made it 3-0 against Gonçalo Ramos, who scored his third goal in the Champions League, with a shot with his left foot first (57′). That was then Roger Schmidt decided to rest some players.

Completely overwhelmed despite the jump in Jutglà field, Bruges He admitted a very clear penalty. Abakar Sylla brought down the newly entered Gilberto on the edge of the box and Joao Mario made it 4-0 (71′).

David Neres, another substitute, joined the party at 5-0 (88′) crossing before Simon Mignolet after he was left alone with Joao Neves, another refreshment man. Bruges saved the honor with another great goal, the work of winger Meijer with a wonderful strike with his left foot across the top corner (87′).

Otamendi, down for the cards

The only blemish on a good night for Benfica was the yellow card picked up by centre-back Nicolás Otamendi in the first half which will see him miss the first leg of the quarterfinals. A tie where




Benfica: Vlachodimos; Bah (Gilberto, 63′), Antonio Silva (Veríssimo, 88′), Otamendi (Morato, 74′), Grimaldo; Florentino, Chiquinho (David Neres, 63′); João Mário (João Neves, 74′), Rafa Silva, Aursnes; Goncalo Ramos
Club Bruges: Mignolet; Mata (Odoi, 63′), Mechele, Sylla; Buchanan, Nielsen, Vanaken (Nusa, 75′), Sowah (Rits, 75′), Meijer; Yaremchuk (Jutglà, 62′), Lang (Onyedika, 46′)
​Goals: 1-0 Rafa Silva (38′), 2-0 Gonçalo Ramos (45′), 3-0 Gonçalo Ramos (57′), 4-0 João Mário (pen.) (71′), 5-0 David Neres (77′), 5-1 Meijer (87′)

Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey). Yellow cards to Yaremchuk (17′), Lang (20′), Otamendi (29′), Sylla (43′), Meijer (48′)

Spectators: 60,960 at Da Luz

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Source: La Verdad


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