Benfica went to Greece to beat AEK Athens, 3-1, in the second round of the UEFA Youth League group stage, with the Portuguese winger in evidence.
Benfica added their second victory in the UEFA Youth League group stage. This Tuesday in Greece the Eagles beat AEK Athens, 3-1, and took the lead of group E, taking advantage of the tie (2-2) of Ajax against Bayern Munich.
Renato Paiva’s commanders improved the game and advanced on the scoreboard in the 8th minute, in a spell cast by Jota and Nuno Santos. The captain served the heel end, and the latter, after leaving several opponents behind, shot a cross, arching, that entered the upper left corner of the Hellenic goal. An anthology goal of the Portuguese player who would become the great figure of the encounter.
However, at 26 ‘, a bad pass in the defensive midfield gave rise to a counterattack from AEK and consequently to the equalizer, which Mpotos scored after Giousis’s pass.
Equality, however, did not last long, as four minutes later the Portuguese team returned to put themselves in front of the score, again for … Nuno Santos. Within the area, jersey 10 received the ball from Embaló, took an opponent from the front and shot to the 2-1, giving no chance to goalkeeper Tafas.
Until the interval, Benfica would still extend the advantage. This time, Nuno Santos donned the assistant’s skin and with a great pass to tear the Greek defense, he isolated Embaló who, in the face of the opposite guardian, did not forgive.
In the second half, the Luz club continued to dominate the match, creating goal situations, but the result did not change. The Eagles take first place in Group E with six points, one more than Ajax and four than Bayern Munich, while AEK Athens are last with two defeats in two games. In the next round, Benfica visit the Dutch side, while the Greeks receive the Bavarians.