UEFA Champions League 2022-23: Benfica eliminates Juventus with a 4-3 victory and advances to knockouts

For the first time in nearly a decade, Juventus have failed to advance from the group stage of the Champions League. (More football news)

Rafa Silva scored twice and Benfica gave Juventus their fourth defeat in five games with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday, securing a spot in the knockout stage.
In a mind-blowing first half, Benfica managed to score goals from António Silva, João Mário and Rafa Silva, while all that Juventus managed to produce was a momentary draw from Moise Kean.

Silva – who recently announced his retirement from the Portugal national team and will not play in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar – added another goal early in the second half and also hit the post in the 86th minute.

Arkadiusz Milik reduced for Juventus in the 77th, and Weston McKennie added another two minutes later, with two late goals from substitute Samuel Iling-Junior.

“It’s hard to find words now. We are very disappointed,” said Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli. “In the last 20 minutes we showed that we can be a great team and we have to start from there. The initial approach was wrong. We ran the risk of a bad defeat, but the reaction in the final 20 minutes was good, at least.”

Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Maccabi Haifa 7-2 to also advance, and Benfica lead Group H with 11 points each. Juventus and Maccabi have three points each and will fight for third place and a spot in the Europa League.

Juventus visit PSG and Maccabi host Benfica in the last round of the group stage next week.

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