Benfica thrash Club Bruges to cruise into last eight


Goncalo Ramos of Benfica celebrates 3-0 with Alejandro Grimaldo of Benfica, Rafa Silva of Benfica, Antonio Silva of Benfica during the UEFA Champions League match between Benfica v Club Brugge at the Estadio Da Luz on March 7, 2023 in Porto Portugal.

Goncalo Ramos scored twice as Benfica emphatically beat Club Bruges to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The hosts, who won the first leg 2-0, opened the scoring in the first half with a smart finish from Rafa Silva.

Ramos then showed great footwork to make it 4-0 on aggregate, before stabbing home from close range.

Joao Mario’s penalty and David Neres’ finish wrapped up the win before Bjorn Meijer scored a stunning consolation.

It is the second successive season Benfica have reached the Champions League quarter-finals, though they have never progressed further and were beaten by Liverpool at that stage last term.

Scott Parker’s Club Bruges rarely looked like turning the tie around, with Benfica even having the ball in the net after two minutes through Joao Mario, but it was ruled out for offside.

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