Benfica beat Juventus and qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League

Rome: Portugal’s Benfica officially reached the round of 16 of the Champions League by beating his host, Juventus, by four goals to one on Tuesday in the penultimate round of Group H. Benfica entered the “Al Anwar” stadium with a great desire to score and solve in anticipate things and take advantage of the poor conditions that his opponent, Juventus, is going through, who arrived in Lisbon with very few chances after having received three defeats and obtained a single victory. Benfica scored their first goal in the 17th minute with a beautiful header from defender Anthony Silva, who was immediately reacted by Serbian Dusan Vlahovic with a goal that gave Juventus the equalizer after 4 minutes. The joy of the Italian fans lasted only 7 minutes, when the referee awarded a penalty kick to the Portuguese, after a handball by Colombian Juan Cuadrado inside thearea reserved, Joao Mario scored the second goal for the hosts. Unexpectedly, the Juventus defense collapsed receiving two goals, the first of which came in the 35th minute in beautiful way with the heel of Rafa Silva, who returned and scored the fourth goal in the 50th minute, followed by the coach Massimiliano Allegri makes 4 changes with which Juventus gets up and manages to reduce the difference A second goal was scored by Polish substitute Arkadiusz Milik in the 77th minute, before American Weston McKinney scored his third goal after just two minutes. The remaining minutes experienced strong offensive pressure from Juventus, but Benfica managed to keep the result until the end, which officially announced the farewell to “Juve” from the first round for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. . In the same group, Paris Saint-Germain rained against Maccabi Haifa, host, who with seven goals to two also secured the passage to the second round. Paris Saint-Germain leads the group standings with 11 points, ahead of Benfica, while Juventus are third with 3 points and Maccabi Haifa are fourth in equal balance. In the rest of the games, the champion in charge of Real Madrid lost to Germany host Leipzig with two out of three goals, after the former secured their qualification for the round of 16 of the previous round and Ukraine’s Shakhtar drew Scotland’s Celtic with a goal for the same, in group F. AC Milan returned with a great victory from the Croatian stronghold of Dinamo Zagreb with four goals and rekindled their hopes of qualifying for the next round with Chelsea, who defeated the Austrian Red Bull Salzburg with two goals to one in Group E. In the eighth round, German Borussia Dortmund drew on his field with England’s Manchester City without a goal and joined him in the knockout stage, while Spain’s Sevilla beat for three the Danish Copenhagen and its European path has been transformed in “Europe League”. (Anatolia)