PAOK Dump Benfica: Former European Cup winners Benfica crashed out of the Champions League third qualifying spherical after a shock 2-1 defeat at PAOK Salonika on Tuesday as Serbia winger Andrija Zivkovic scored in opposition to his former membershipevery week after leaving them.
Dynamo Kiev additionallysuperior to the playoff spherical with a 2-Zerodwelling win over Dutch facet AZ Alkmaar, as did Belgians Gent after they beat guests Rapid Vienna 2-1.
PAOK’S reward is a two-legged playoff in opposition to Russians Krasnodar, whereas Dynamo face Gent for berths within the money-spinning group stage that includes 32 groups.
Benfica, who gained Europe’s premier membershipcompetitors in 1961 and 1962, noticedfinal season’s woes spill over into this time period as Zivkovic, who endured 4troublesome seasons in Portugal, rubbed salt into their wounds.
Having seen the home league and cup double go to Porto finaltime period, Benfica missed a string of probabilitiesin opposition to PAOK in a one-sided first half as they loved 72% of possession.
They had been punished after the break as Dimitrios Giannoulis poked within the opener from shutvarywithin the 63rd minute after a one-two with Chuba Akpom and substitute Zivkovic made it 2-Zerowithin the 75th with a candy shot contained in theclose topublish.