Portuguese Benfica qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Football Champions League, by defeating its Belgian guest, Club Brugge, 5-1, on Tuesday, in the second leg of the round of sixteen.
The first leg ended with Benfica winning 2-0, so that the Portuguese team excelled in the aggregate of the two matches, 7-1.
Benfica advanced with an early goal in the second minute by Joao Mario, but the referee canceled it for offside after referring to the video technique (VAR). Rafa Silva advanced with a goal for Benfica in the 38th minute through a powerful shot with his right foot, taking advantage of Gonzalo Ramos’ pass.
In the second minute of stoppage time for the first half, Gonzalo Ramos assumed the championship role and scored the second goal for Benfica with an assist from Joao Mario.
Gonzalo Ramos returned and scored his second goal and the third for Benfica in the 57th minute with a shot with his left foot after a pass from Alex Grimaldo.
Benfica got a penalty kick as a result of Abakar Sila blocking Gilberto Junior, from which Joao Mario scored the fourth goal of the Portuguese team in the 71st minute.
The 78th minute witnessed the fifth goal for Benfica by David Neres, taking advantage of Joao Neves’ pass, as the referee used the video technique (VAR) before calculating the goal.
Two minutes before the end of the match, Bjorn Meyer responded with the only goal for Club Brugge.