Late drama keeps Benfica alive

Benfica kept their Champions League knock-out stage aspirations alive and left Anderlecht resigned to an all-too-familiar fate after Rodrigo snatched a late winner in Brussels.

Last Updated: 27/11/13 at 22:47 Post Comment

Rodrigo: Late goal sunk Anderlecht

Rodrigo: Late goal sunk Anderlecht

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Portuguese side are attempting to navigate a route out of Group C and into the last 16 of the competition, and at worse their fate will be a place in the Europa League last 32, with Anderlecht now condemned to bottom place.

The Belgians have suffered the fate of propping up their group for seven successive campaigns, so the 90th-minute winner that condemned them to finish at the foot of the table may have come as little surprise.

Anderlecht led early, but it was to prove a false dawn.

Chancel Mbemba raced through to bundle in a pass from Fabrice N'Sakala for the 18th-minute opener.

Benfica levelled when Nemanja Matic headed home into the bottom right corner after 34 minutes.

And the visitors edged ahead in the 53rd minute when Mbemba, having been a first-half hero for the home side, was unfortunate to turn a firmly-struck ball from Nicolas Gaitan beyond his own goalkeeper, Silvio Proto.

It was unclear whether Gaitan was looking to shoot, or pick out a team-mate, but the ball was not on target until it came off Mbemba.

Massimo Bruno levelled for Anderlecht after 76 minutes with a fierce shot from a tightening angle to the right of goal.

But with time running out Benfica pinched the points as Rodrigo broke beyond the home backline on a speedy break out of defence.

Proto got a touch to his low left-footed shot, but could not prevent it crossing the line, leaving John van den Brom's men resigned to the wooden spoon again in a Champions League group and allowing Benfica to join second-placed Olympiacos on seven points.

Benfica face Paris St Germain in their final group game, with Olympiacos at home to Anderlecht.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 25 February 2015
19:45
Arsenal 1-3 Monaco Report
Leverkusen 1-0 A Madrid Report
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Juventus 2-1 B Dortmund Report
Man City 1-2 Barcelona Report
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Basel 1-1 FC Porto Report
Schalke 0-2 R Madrid Report
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
PSG 1-1 Chelsea Report
Shak Donetsk 0-0 Bay Munich Report
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Ajax 4-0 Apoel Nicosia Report
Ath Bilbao 2-0 BATE Borisov Report

Footer 365

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal eyes 'luck'

Louis van Gaal claims the most important factor in Manchester United's pursuit of a top-four place is 'luck'.

Chelsea v Tottenham preview

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is suspended for Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley (4pm kick-off).

Premier League clubs unacceptably poor in Europe and defensive naivety to blame, says Jamie Carragher

Premier League failure in Europe is down to defensive disorganisation , says Jamie Carragher.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company