Champions League: Mario Götze retires with PSV Eindhoven against Benfica – football

This zero number hurts a lot!

Mario Götze (29) and PSV Eindhoven have “lost” the “final” of the Champions League group stage. In the play-off second leg at the Philips Stadium, Benfica Lisbon created a 0-0 deficit on Tuesday evening. Moving into the group stage.

The Portuguese won the first leg 2-1. The goals for the Portuguese were scored by da Rafa Silva (28) and ex-BVB star Julian Weigl (25).

Götze and his German colleague Philipp Max (27) are strong throughout the game. In the end, however, it is only enough for the Europa League.

With buddy and ex-BVB colleague Weigl, Götze stood together in Dortmund for three years (2016-2019). Now Weigl is celebrating entry into the group stage of the premier class.

The Portuguese can hardly develop in the first 20 minutes, mainly have to fend off the offensively strong hosts. During the game, Götze repeatedly had to deal with ex-teammate Weigl. Benfica for the first time in the 28th minute! The Portuguese hold the leather dangerously in Eindhoven’s penalty area for a long time until Rafa Silva’s shot is blocked from a few meters over the crossbar.

Shortly afterwards the mega-chance for the Dutch! Götze crosses to Max on the left in the penalty area, but he only hits the side netting (30th).

Photo: Maurice Van Steen/dpa

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Lucas Verissimo (l.) In action with Mario Götze (r.)Photo: Maurice Van Steen/dpa

Then Benfica is outnumbered early! The cautioned Lucas Verissimo (26) has to leave the field with yellow and red (32nd). The Brazilian presses Gakpo’s elbow to his head in an air duel.

Then in the second half the GIANT CHANCE for Eindhoven! Zahavi stands in front of the empty goal and only hits the aluminum from five meters (62nd).

Although Eindhoven is only missing one goal for extra time and has played in the majority for a long time, Roger Schmidt’s (54) team doesn’t get a single ball into the goal.

In the end, Götze, Max and Co. only got the Europa League.

Which top teams Benfica will face in the Champions League group will be determined next Thursday (August 26th). Then the group stage of the CL season 2021/22 will be drawn in Istanbul at 6 p.m. (from 6 p.m. in the live ticker at

In addition, the team of ex-Schalke coach David Wagner (49) Young Boys Bern and the Swedish club Malmö FF made it into the draw.


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