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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Benfica through to CL quarters with victory over Zenit

Portuguese giants Benfica are into the final eight of the Champions League courtesy of tonight's 2-0 home win which allowed them a 4-3 aggregate over Zenit St Petersburg.

Benfica trailed 3-2 following the first leg in Russia but made inroads when Maxi Pereira opened the scoring at Estadio da Luz in stoppage time of the first half with a nice finish from a clever Axel Witsel backheel.

That goal edged Jorge Jesus' men ahead on away goals with the visitors struggling to muster much up front with a total of just two shots on target directed at goalkeeper Artur.

Benfica sat deep as the tie looked to be safe but then managed to score a second on the counter in injury time when Nelson Miguel Castro Oliveira slotted home Bruno Cesar's well-weighted ball to tie up proceedings much to the delight of the home fans as Zenit crash out of the competition.

UEFA Champions League Round of 16 - second leg

Benfica (POR): 2 (Maxi Pereira 45+1', Nelson Miguel Castro Oliveira 90+3', *Benfica win 4-3 on aggregate) Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): 0

Estado da Luz, Lisbon - 46,000

Yellow cards:BEN - Javi Garcia 15', Nelson Miguel Castro Oliveira 90+3' ZEN - Alexander Anyukov 5', Igor Denisov 68'

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