Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa: The Eagles soar past visitors

Benfica Lisbon vs Maccabi Haifa
Photo Credit: AP

Maccabi Haifa FC lost their first match in the new Champions League campaign against Benfica.

After a goalless first half, Benfica certainly were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, with an early goal from Rafa Silva in the 50th minute. They then scored again, pulling level thanks to a goal from Alex Grimaldo, 54 minutes in to give a final score of 2-0.

Substitutions for Benfica included Petar Musa, Fredrik Aursnes, Diogo Goncalves and Chiquinho for Goncalo Ramos, David Neres, Rafa Silva and Joao Mario, respectively.

Technical card:
Benfica:Odysseas Vlachodimos, Alexander Bah, Nicolas Otamendi, Antonio Silva, Alex Grimaldo, David Neres (Fredrik Aursnes, min.64), Rafa Silva (Diogo Goncalves, min.79), Enzo Fernandez, Florentino Luis, Joao Mario (Chiquinho, min.79) and Goncalo Ramos (Petar Musa, min.46)
Maccabi Haifa FC:Joshua Cohen, Daniel Sundgren, Dylan Batubinsika, Abdoulaye Seck (Suf Podgoreanu, min.67), Sean Goldberg, Neta Lavi, Ali Mohamed (Mohammad Abu Fani, min.31), Tjaronn Chery, Dolev Hazizia, Frantzdy Pierrot (Nikita Rukavytsya, min.79) and Dean David (Omer Atzili, min.46)
Stadium:Estadio Do Sport Lisboa E Benfica
Goals:Rafa Silva (1-0, min. 50) and Alex Grimaldo (2-0, min. 54)