SL Benfica played with Ajax and drew 2-2, in one of the best games of the Veríssimo era, despite the fact that in the 18th minute they were already losing.
Benfica made a quality display and thus maintains the hope of continuing in the Champions League, as everything will be decided in Amsterdam.
After Ajax beat Sporting 5-1 and 4-2, the predictions for Benfica, which has bounced between moments of quality and many moments without any quality, were that a thrashing was imminent.
Benfica, however, surprised, showed quality, a spirit of sacrifice and struggle, as had not been seen for a long time, but Ajax was the first to score by Tadic in the 18th minute.
The equalizer came by Haller in the 26th minute with an own goal, however, the Ivorian would score again in the 29th minute but this time in Vlachodimos‘ goal.
Benfica’s equalizing goal was scored by Yaremchuk in the 72nd minute, with the Portuguese team looking for victory, with several quality shots, but always with Ajax also trying to take home victory.
So the tie is open, with the decision to be played in the Netherlands.
— SL Benfica (@SLBenfica) February 24, 2022