Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 15h49

Nine European comebacks as inspiration

Football

Benfica searches for the tenth comeback in its Stadium in the UEFA competitions. Five of those comebacks happened after a 1-0 away defeat in the first leg, and the least of which in 2012/13, season o the Europa League final in Amsterdam.

Benfica is the most decorated club in Portugal and made itself even bigger in Europe of football. The UEFA competitions propelled the eagles for unparalleled global recognition. Among several historic performances, the Official Website brings you nine comebacks that serve as inspiration for the match Dinamo Zagreb, Thursday, at 8:00 pm, at Estádio da Luz.

José Augusto

1961/62

European Cup – quarterfinals

1st leg: Nuremberg-Benfica, 3-1

In the second leg, Benfica won by 6-0 – Eusébio (2), José Augusto (2), José Águas and Coluna – and went trough to the next round.

Jordão

1971/72

European Cup – quarterfinals

1st leg: Feyenoord-Benfica, 1-0

Ten years later, a new historic comeback in European. Estádio da Luz was once again a hell for those who visited it and Feyenoord lost by 5-0.

1972/73

European Cup – 1st round

1st leg: Malmö-Benfica, 1-0

The Old Cathedral proved to be an authentic hell that melted the Scandinavian ice and the final score of the second leg was 4-1 for the eagles.

Nené

1980/81

UEFA Cup – 2nd round

1st leg: Malmö-Benfica, 1-0

In Sweden, Malmö won by 1-0, but in the second leg, the reds turn the result around (2-0), through two penalty kicks converted by Nené in the second half.

Zoran Filipovic

1983/84

European Cup  – 2nd round

1st leg: Olympiacos-Benfica, 1-0

In Athens, the Greek club had the upper hand and traveled to the Portuguese capital in the lead. However, the Greeks suffered the firepower of Luz and lost by 3-0.

Carlos Manuel

1984/85

European Cup – 1st round

1st leg: Red Star-Benfica, 3-2

In the second leg, Benfica turned the result around (2-0) and moved forward in the competition.

Vata

1989/90

European Cup – semifinals

1st leg: Marseille-Benfica, 2-1

In the second leg of the semifinal, Estádio da Luz showed its best face, with 120 thousand spectators in the stands. Stars on both sides but the deadlock went on. Until the 83rd minute when Valdo took a corner kick and Vata opened the scoring.

Nélson Oliveira

2011/12

Champions League – last 16

1st leg: Zenit-Benfica, 3-2

In Lisbon, Benfica went to the break in the lead. The Uruguayan right-back scored again against the Russians at 45’+1’. In the second half, Nélson Oliveira sealed a 2-0 win.

Cardozo

2012/13

Europa League – semifinals

1st leg: Fenerbahçe-Benfica, 1-0

Gaitán opened the scoring at 9’, putting the tie back on level terms. Dirk Kuyt tied the match through a penalty kick and made things difficult for Benfica. The comeback was further away but was still possible. The reds did not throw in the towel and went searching for the win. Cardozo scored a brace and set the score at 3-1 and stamped the Benfica passport to Amsterdam.

The Club's most recent comeback happened against Fenerbahçe. Benfica is now looking for the sequel this Thursday, March 14, against Dinamo Zagreb.

Text: Marco Rebelo

Pics: Archive / SL Benfica

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