UCL: Wild matches see Benfica, Red Star Belgrade through
PSV Eindhoven made quick work of BATE Borisov on Wednesday to ensure its place in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but the day’s two other fixtures provided great drama, including a stomping incident and a horrific goalkeeping error.
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Benfica routed PAOK, 4-1, en route to the group stage with a trio of first-half goals and a fourth just after halftime to advance.
PAOK goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis had a match to forget though, handing Benfica its second goal with a horrible mistake by keeping the ball in play and then conceding a penalty kick (below)
Eduardo Salvio’s brace helped Benfica on to the 6-2 aggregate victory.
Meanwhile, Red Star Belgrade knocked off Red Bull Salzburg, 2-2, by virtue of El Fardou Ben’s two away goals on the day.
Marin Pongracic was the target of a contentious incident in the second half though, after jumping and stomping on a Red Star player that was down with after a collision (below).
Wednesday’s UCL results
PSV Eindhoven 3-0 (6-2 on agg.) BATE Borisov
PAOK 1-4 (2-5 on agg.) Benfica
Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Red Star Belgrade