Benfica vs Juventus: After failing to defeat Benfica in Portugal on October 25, 2022, Juventus was unable to advance the Champions League.
The two outstanding goals Rafa Silva scored in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Juventus enabled the Portuguese powerhouse advance to the Champions League’s knockout round.
it is the first time in the Italian giant’s history they have conceded three first-half goals in the Champions League.
Benfica has 11 points after five games and is currently in second place. The only thing separating the team from Paris Saint-Germain on an equal footing is goals scored.
The loss by Juventus, their fourth in five games, leaves them tied for third place in Group H with Israel’s Maccabi Haifa on a point each.
After 17 minutes, 18-year-old Antonio Silva gave the home team the lead with his debut goal for Benfica, but Moise Kean’s strike for Juventus tied the score four minutes later.
Benfica scored the second goal due to a controversial penalty that was converted by Joao Mario before Rafa Silva silled the three points with two quick goals.
Benfica wasted several chances to widen the scoreline, and it proved costly as Juventus fought their way back into the match.
Juventus came back stronger in the second half and dominated. Arkadiusz Milik gave Juventus fans hope after scoring in the 77th minute. In the 79th minute, Milik created a chance for Weston McKennie to score Juve’s third.
Benfica have been unbeaten in the last 20 matches in all competitions and you can see how good they were, the team played with high intensity, composed in the midfield and score chances the way they were created.
The Benfica team now leads the Portugal Primeira Liga by six points after winning nine of its ten games and drawing the other, if this consistency remain, they are most likely to win the league.
Benfica remain a tough team that are capable of reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Juventus have been knocked out in five consecutive seasons in the Champions League by Ajax, Lyon, Porto, Benfica, and Villarreal.
Juventus going out of the Champions League will not help reduce their €254.3m loss.
What Next For Juventus
Juve need to put aside the embarrassing defeat and look for a way to get back to the top. They travel to Lecce on October 29, 2022, by 5:00 pm. Coach Massimiliano Allegri needs to start winning matches for the club.
Although injuries had been affecting the club, most of the time, Allegri played young and inexperienced players in most of the matches this season
Juventus are currently in the 8th position and a win against Leece could move them to the 5th position.