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Benfica out of UEFA Champions League qualifying round

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Former European Cup winners Benfica crashed out of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on Tuesday after a shock 2 – 1 defeat at PAOK Salonika .
Serbia winger Andrija Zivkovic scored against his former club Benfica a week after leaving them.
Dynamo Kiev also advanced to the play – off round with a 2 – 0 home win over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar , as did Belgians Gent after they beat visitors Rapid Vienna 2 – 1 .
PAOK ’S reward is a two – legged play – off against Russians Krasnodar, while Dynamo Kiev face Gent for berths in the money -spinning group stage featuring 32 teams .
Benfica, who won Europe’ s premier club competition in 1961 and 1962 , saw last season ’ s woes spill over into this term .
This was as Zivkovic , who endured four difficult seasons in Portugal, rubbed salt into their wounds .
Having seen the domestic league and Cup double go to Porto last term , Benfica missed a string of chances against PAOK in a one -sided first half as they enjoyed 72 percent of possession.
They were punished after the break as Dimitrios Giannoulis poked in the opener from close range in the 63rd minute.
That was after a one – two with Chuba Akpom , and substitute Zivkovic made it 2 – 0 in the 75 th with a sweet shot inside the near post .
Rafa Silva pulled one back with a stoppage time header but it came too late to avoid an embarrassing defeat.
This will pile pressure on manager Jorge Jesus , who returned to Benfica during the close season for a second spell in charge .
Having been in charge from 2009 to 2015 , Jesus went on to win the elusive double of the Brazilian league title and Copa Libertadores with Flamengo in 2019 .
But he now faces a mammoth task to get Benfica back to winning ways .
Dynamo Kiev soaked up pressure on home soil against Alkmaar in the first half .
Then, Luxembourg forward Gerson Rodrigues fired them ahead just after the break with a neat finish into the roof of the net , thanks to good work by Vitaliy Buyalskiy .
Mykola Shaparenko sealed their passage with a late header after visiting goalkeeper Marco Bizot misjudged Tomasz Kedziora ’s cross from the right .
It left the midfielder with the simple task of nodding the ball into an empty net .
Niklas Dorsch headed Gent into a 36th minute lead against Rapid Vienna from a pinpoint Sven Kums assist .
Roman Yaremchuk added the second with a penalty kick on the hour, before Yusuf Demir netted a stoppage time consolation for the visitors .
In Wednesday’ s stand – out fixtures , 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade visit Cypriots Omonia Nicosia while Dinamo Zagreb are at Hungarian champions Ferencvaros .

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Barcelona : “Nothing Surprises Me Anymore” Messi Laments Suarez Exit

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FC Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has again taken a swipe via Instagram, at the Club Management in his emotional farewell message to former teammate, Luis Suarez.
Messi had last month reluctantly agreed to see off his contract, after feeling that he had been lied to by Club President, Joseph Bartomeu.
Luis Suarez joined Atletico Madrid for 6 million euros in variables after deemed surplus to requirements under new Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman.
The Uruguayan is the third highest goalscorer in the club’s history with 198 goals in 283 games.
I had already began to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every every day with you both on the pitches and away from them. We’re going to miss you so much.
We spent many years together, drunk many mates, had many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together. It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fits with who you are: One of the most important players in the history of this football club.
Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level. You did not deserve for them to throw you out like they did, but the truth is that, at this point, nothing surprises me anymore.
I wish you all the best in this new challenge. I love you very much.
See you soon friend.

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Wilfred Ndidi Sustains Abductor Injury , Could Be Out For Up To 12 Weeks

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Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi could be out for up to 12 weeks because of an abductor injury he sustained in Sunday’s league win over Burnley.
The 23-year-old missed Wednesday’s 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal and may require surgery.
“It is an abductor injury – it may have come off the bone which could be a nasty injury,” said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers after the loss to the Gunners.
“We will wait to see if he needs an operation – if so it will be 12 weeks.”
Ndidi has been operating as a makeshift central defender for the Foxes so far this season in the absence of the injured Jonny Evans.
Leicester have won both of their league games this season, to leave them top of the Premier League on goal difference.

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Chelsea Complete The Signing Of Edouard Mendy From Rennes

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OFFICIAL: Chelsea complete the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes, with the goalkeeper joining on a five-year deal at a cost of £22 million ($29m).
The Senegalese international has penned a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and will compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero for a starting spot between the posts in the season ahead.
After signing his long-term contract with the Blues, Mendy said: ‘I am so excited to be joining Chelsea. It’s a dream for me to be a part of this exciting squad and to work with Frank Lampard and all of his coaching staff. I look forward to meeting my team-mates and can’t wait to get started.’
On signing Mendy, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘As soon as Petr Cech and our technical team identified Edouard as the most suitable goalkeeper to complement our existing group, there was only one player we wanted to bring in. Edouard arrives following a season of real success with Rennes, he is ambitious for more, and we welcome him to our club.’

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