Champions League: it’s okay for Benfica without Vertonghen, Johan Bakayoko and PSV play Monaco

Jan Vertonghen has not yet played a single official minute this season with Benfica. Already replacing the first leg against the Danes of Midtjylland, and Friday against Arouca during the first day of the Portuguese championship, the defender of the Red Devils attended, from the bench, the qualification of his team for the play-offs of the League of Champions.

The Lisbon people confirmed their success at home in the first leg (4-1) by winning 1-3 on Tuesday evening in Denmark. They will have to dismiss the Ukrainians of Dynamo kyiv to validate their ticket for the group stage of the C1.

At the same time, PSV, although dominated by AS Monaco, got rid of the team coached by Philippe Clement after extra time (3-2). After sharing the first leg (1-1), this victory is synonymous with qualification for the play-offs, where Ruud van Nistelrooy’s troops will face the Rangers, executioners of Union Saint-Gilloise (0-2, 3-0 ).

The young Belgian striker Johan Bakayoko climbed in the 77th on the side of the visited while Eliot Matazo, holder in the Monegasque environment, gave up his place in the 106th minute after being warned in the 89th. Monaco, who were leading 1-2 in the 70th minute, hit the Dutch uprights twice. Luuk de Jong, author of the assist on Gutierrez’s equalizing goal in the last minute of regulation time (89th) before scoring the winning goal in the 109th minute, was decisive for the Eindhoven club.

Philippe Clement and his family are not leaving the European scene, however, drafted for the group stage of the Europa League.

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