Benfica is most likely to be PSV‘s next Champions League opponent. One day after the Eindhoveners won 3-0 by FC Midtjylland, the Portuguese also did good business in part one of their diptych: Spartak Moscow was treated to 0-2 defeat in Russia.
The hosts started without Quincy Promes, but with Jorrit Hendrix and former Nec’s Jordan Larsson. Jan Vertonghen had a base spot at Benfica. Larsson tested goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos early in the game, but both teams remained in balance for a long time.
Shortly after rest, the ban was still broken. Benfica combined over the right touchline and Rafa Silva shot the ball past goalkeeper Aleksandr Maksimenko: 0-1. 15 minutes before the return, the starting position became even better for O Glorioso: the accuded Gilberto popped into the penalty area and shot à la Rafa Silva. inside.
Benfica is allowed to finish the job on Tuesday evening — during PSV-FC Midtjylland. The last Champions League preliminary rounds will be scheduled on 17 and 18 August and 24 and 25 August.