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Benfica fight back to go through

Benfica fight back to go through (©GettyImages)
Benfica fight back to go through (©GettyImages).

Benfica produced a dynamic performance to overturn a first-leg deficit against Zenit St Petersburg and earn a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a 2-0 win (4-3 on aggregate).

The Portuguese team trailed 3-2 from the first match, which was played in freezing conditions at the Stadion Petrovskiy, with Roman Shirokov scoring his second goal of the night to win the game after Oscar Cardozo had levelled late on.

But they attacked the Russian outfit from the off tonight and, even when Maxi Pereira's goal in first-half injury-time put them on course to win on away goals, the Eagles pushed on until Nelson Oliveira secured the outright win in the 92nd minute.

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