Benfica overpowers Dynamo kyiv in Champions League first leg play-offs

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Benfica overpowers Dynamo kyiv in Champions League first leg play-offs

Quarter-finalist last season, Benfica has a foothold in the Champions League group stage. After dismissing the Danes of Midtjylland (4-1, 3-1) in the third preliminary round, the Lisbon club dominated the Ukrainians of Dynamo kyiv (2-0) in Lodz (Poland) on Wednesday evening, in jump-offs go.

Superior in all areas in the first period, Roger Schmidt’s men quickly made the difference with a powerful strike from Gilberto (9th), before Gonçalo Ramos took advantage of an error in recovery to double the lead in the 37th minute. If they preserved their goal before the return match in Lisbon on Tuesday (9 p.m.), they suffered more when they returned from the locker room. And can thank their Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos, author of several decisive parades (8th, 11th, 67th).

Maccabi Haifa take option against Red Star

In the other matches of the evening, Maccabi Haifa took the advantage over Red Star Belgrade (3-2) in front of their home crowd at the Sammy-Ofer stadium. Led 2-1 at halftime, the Israeli team scored twice in the space of 10 minutes after returning from the locker room (51st, 61st), Haitian striker Frantzdy Pierrot scoring twice. Engaged in the Europa League Conference last season, Maccabi has not participated in the group stage of the Champions League since 2009-2010.

Finally, the Azeris of Karabakh and the Czechs of Plzen failed to decide between themselves (0-0).

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