Match Info – Benfica vs Club Brugge Highlights
Benfica under Roger Schmidt showcased their attacking brilliance with a thumping 5-1 triumph over Club Brugge, advancing to the Champions League quarter-finals in style and proving that they are a team to be reckoned with.
It was Gonçalo Ramos who had set up Silva for the opener, and the Benfica talisman would find time before the interval to get himself on the scoresheet too. Dancing beyond the Brugge backline, Ramos tucked a composed right-footed strike into the bottom corner, upping his tally for the season to an astonishing 22 goals and putting the tie beyond Brugge’s reach.
Gonçalo Ramos was instrumental in securing Benfica’s victory over Brugge, as he provided the assist for the opener and then scored himself with a dazzling run through the defense, further extending his impressive goal-scoring record and ensuring a comprehensive win for his team.
1 – At 21 years and 260 days, Gonçalo Ramos has become the youngest Benfica player to both score and assist in a single Champions League game in the 21st century. Cannon. pic.twitter.com/c8yTY4WB2V
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Gonçalo Ramos continued his stunning performance in the second half, scoring Benfica’s third goal of the match and fourth of the tie with a superb first-time finish that showcased his exceptional talent as a striker, leaving Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet helpless and sealing a dominant victory for the Portuguese side.
Club Brugge’s Champions League campaign ended in humiliation as they were outclassed by Benfica, with defender Loubadhe Abakar Sylla’s poor challenge inside the box leading to a penalty, which was calmly converted by João Mário to compound Brugge’s misery and seal a comprehensive 5-1 victory for Benfica.
Substitute David Neres then got in on the act with a goal of his own, taking a shot just inside the penalty area and tucking the ball into the bottom corner, while adding further gloss to a landslide victory. However, it wouldn’t all be doom and gloom for Brugge, as Bjorn Meijer struck a sensational consolation late on, crunching a left-footed strike into the top-right corner for a scant consolation.
David Neres came off the bench to score Benfica’s fifth goal of the night, putting the finishing touch on a dominant performance, but Brugge managed a late consolation through Bjorn Meijer’s stunning left-footed strike into the top corner, providing a small glimmer of hope for the Belgian side in an otherwise disappointing night.
Benfica’s emphatic win over Brugge has shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League, and any team that draws them in the quarter-finals will have to be at their very best to stop the Portuguese side, who are in scintillating form both domestically and in Europe.