Benfica ran at home to PAOK and settled in the group phase of the Champions
Nicolás Castillo's team clearly defeated the Hellenic players in the rematch of the play-offs.
Benfica secured presence in the group stage of the Champions League after trailing by 4 -1 to PAOK Thessaloniki in the second leg for the play-offs of the European tournament.
The team of Nicolás Castillo, who is injured and therefore left out of the meeting, cemented a solid comeback after the initial goal scored by Aleksandar Prijovic for the Hellenic, in the 13 minutes.
Jardel scored the equalizer in the 20' and in the end he left the tie tied, because in the first leg they finished 1-1, so Eduardo Salvio's penalty goal in the 26' took the advantage for the "eagles" and brought them closer to the championship.
Then Pizzi was responsible for delivering tranquility with a hit at 39 'and Salvio himself left things 4-1 with another conquest from the 12 steps to 49'.
The Greek team had several difficulties to seek a reaction, especially since it suffered the expulsion of Leo Matos by double reprimand in the 76th minute.
Remember that Castillo did not travel to Thessaloniki to be in the final stage of recovery from his injury to the twin.
Benfica will meet its rivals after the draw that will take place on August 30 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
However, Benfica will be in the draw for the Champions League, former Catholic University will fulfill its dream of competing in the European continental contest.
Note that FC Barcelona by Arturo Vidal and Manchester City by Claudio Bravo will also be in the group phase of the tournament.
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