Champions League - Round of 16 - 2nd Leg
Zenit St Petersburg1Benfica2

Zenit St Petersburg 1-2 Benfica (1-3 agg)

Benfica
Benfican won the European Cup in 1961 and 1962

Two-time European champions Benfica reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 aggregate win against Zenit St Petersburg.

The Portuguese side won the first leg 1-0 but Zenit levelled the tie in Russia on Wednesday when Hulk scored a second-half header.

However, Nicolas Gaitan nodded in after the hosts' keeper Yuri Lodygin had pushed a shot onto the bar.

Talisca then sealed a 2-1 win on the night with a late drive.

Zenit, managed by former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, had been looking to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

The Russian side struggled to break down their opponents for much of the game, but were in the ascendancy when forward Hulk struck with a free header from Yuri Zhirkov's cross midway through the second half.

With five minutes left and the score 1-1 on aggregate it looked like the game was heading for extra time before Raal Jimanez's long-range strike was tipped onto the bar by Lodygin and midfielder Gaitain pounced on the loose ball to head into the empty net.

The goal meant Zenit needed to find two goals and as they pushed forward Benfica took full advantage as Talisca struck on the half-volley with the last kick of the game.

The stats you need to know

  • Benfica have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011-12 when they were eventually eliminated by Chelsea.
  • Nicolas Gaitan has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances this season (four goals, three assists).
  • Benfica have scored in all eight of their games in the competition this season.
  • Hulk (eight) has had a hand in more Champions League goals this season than in any other previous campaign (four goals, four assists).
  • Hulk made his 50th Champions League appearance; becoming the 24th Brazilian to reach this milestone.
  • France (28) are the only nation with more players to have made more than 50 appearances - Spain are also on 24.

Line-ups

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 1Lodygin
  • 2AnyukovSubstituted forSmolnikovat 58'minutes
  • 13Neto
  • 6Lombaerts
  • 81Zhirkov
  • 8da Silveira JúniorSubstituted forYusupovat 82'minutes
  • 28Witsel
  • 9KokorinSubstituted forShatovat 58'minutes
  • 10Alves Gomes
  • 7Vieira de SouzaBooked at 90mins
  • 22Dzyuba

Substitutes

  • 14Yusupov
  • 17Shatov
  • 19Smolnikov
  • 24Garay
  • 41Kerzhakov
  • 52Ivanov
  • 92Dolgov

Benfica

  • 1Ederson
  • 50Cabral Semedo
  • 7Samaris
  • 14Nilsson-Lindelof
  • 19Eliseu
  • 21Afonso FernandesBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSalvioat 73'minutes
  • 5Fejsa
  • 85Renato Sanches
  • 10Gaitán
  • 11MitroglouBooked at 36minsSubstituted forJimenez Rodriguezat 67'minutes
  • 17Gonçalves OliveiraSubstituted forSouza Conceiçãoat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Jimenez Rodriguez
  • 13Pedro Lopes
  • 18Salvio
  • 20Gonçalo Guedes
  • 28Azevedo Ferreira Sá Pereira
  • 30Souza Conceição
  • 66Rúben Dias
Referee:
Viktor Kassai
Attendance:
17,688

Match Stats

Home TeamZenit St PetersburgAway TeamBenfica
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Zenit St Petersburg 1, Benfica 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Zenit St Petersburg 1, Benfica 2.

Goal!

Goal! Zenit St Petersburg 1, Benfica 2. Anderson Talisca (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán.

Booking

Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Zenit St Petersburg. Danny tries a through ball, but Hulk is caught offside.

Foul by Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Raúl Jiménez (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Anderson Talisca replaces Jonas.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ederson Moraes (Benfica) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Luís Neto (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

Goal!

Goal! Zenit St Petersburg 1, Benfica 1. Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Nelsinho (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Zenit St Petersburg. Yuri Zhirkov tries a through ball, but Artem Dzyuba is caught offside.

Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nelsinho (Benfica).

Attempt saved. Eliseu (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán.

Substitution

Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Artur Yusupov replaces Mauricio.

Attempt saved. Artem Dzyuba (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mauricio.

Hand ball by Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

Foul by Artem Dzyuba (Zenit St Petersburg).

Andreas Samaris (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Benfica. Nicolás Gaitán tries a through ball, but Jonas is caught offside.

Luís Neto (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

Attempt missed. Nilsson-Lindelöf (Benfica) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Mauricio (Zenit St Petersburg).

Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Eduardo Salvio replaces Pizzi.

Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Benfica).

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Juri Lodygin.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid65101931616
2PSG64111211113
3Shakhtar Donetsk6105714-73
4Malmö FF6105121-203

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg640296312
2PSV Eindhoven631287110
3Man Utd62227708
4CSKA Moscow611459-44

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid6411113813
2Benfica6312108210
3Galatasaray6123610-45
4FC Astana6042511-64

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City6402128412
2Juventus632163311
3Sevilla6204811-36
4B Mgladbach6123812-45

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona64201541114
2Roma61321116-56
3B Leverkusen6132131216
4BATE Borisov6123512-75

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011931615
2Arsenal6303121029
3Olympiakos6303613-79
4Dinamo Zagreb6105314-113

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea64111331013
2Dynamo Kiev632184411
3FC Porto631298110
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv6006116-150

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg6501136715
2KAA Gent631287110
3Valencia620459-46
4Lyon611459-44
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