Dynamo Kiev will be Benfica’s opponent in the Champions League play-off, after beating Sturm Graz, from Austria, by 2-1 after extra time (0-1 in the 90′), on Tuesday night, in 2nd leg match of the 3rd qualifying round of the UEFA competition played in the Austrian city, after the 1-0 victory in the 1st leg, in Lodz (Poland) and qualified, with 3-1 in the aggregate of the two games.
After the 1-0 victory in the 1st leg in Lodz – goal by Oleksander Karavaev, in the 28′ -, Romanian Mircea Lucescu’s pupils, who in 2021/22 also faced the eagles but already in the group stage of Champions League (0-0 in Kiev, 2-0 for Benfica in Luz), saw Sturm Graz, coached by Christian Ilzer, equalize the tie with a goal from Rasmus Hojlund in the 27th minute.
The result of the match at the Graz Libenau Stadium did not change until the end of the 90′, Dynamo Kiev took the lead again – and it is good to remember that, in the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League, Fenerbahçe were eliminated , from Turkey, coached by Portuguese Jorge Jesus (0-0 and victory in Istanbul, 2-1 after extra time, 1-1 in the 90′) – with a goal by Kostiantin Vivcharenko, in the 97th minute, for the tie in tonight’s game Tuesday.
The advantage in the tie was back on the visitors’ side… and qualification for the last round before the UEFA Champions League group stage would be a matter of time.
A matter of time rushed by the expulsion, with a second yellow card and consequent red, of the Austrian forward Manprit Sarkaria, at 105+1′, left Sturm Graz in numerical inferiority (ten players, for 11 of the Ukrainians) in the second part of extra time , in which Viktor Tsygankov, assisted by Buyalskiy, made it 1-2 for Dynamo Kiev in the 112′.
The 1st leg of the ‘play off’ between Benfica and Dynamo Kiev will be in Lodz, Poland – home on loan from Dynamo Kiev, unable to play in the Ukrainian capital, due to the ongoing war with Russia in the territory – next the 16th or 17th of the current month, and the second leg in Lisbon, at Estádio da Luz, on the 23rd or 24th of August.
Benfica beat Midtjylland, from Denmark, in this same 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League and on this day, with a 7-2 aggregate in two games: after a 4-1 victory in Luz, Roger Schmidt’s men won again the second duel, 3-1.