Frankfurt suffered their first loss of their Europa League campaign in Portugal as Benfica’s teen sensation Joao Felix tallied a hat-trick. The game wasn’t without controversy, however.
Evan N’Dicka was sent off for Frankfurt in the 20th minute for a straight red card. Felix converted the ensuing penalty, but had VAR been used on the night, there is the chance N’Dicka would have stayed on the pitch.
His sending off was the cause of Frankfurt’s inability to keep Benfica out of goal. But the Eagles did manage two away scores. They nearly had a third, but it was ruled out due to a debatable offside call.
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Benfica head into this clash in good form, as the Eagles are currently top of their domestic league after a strong campaign so far this season. However, the Champions League dropouts do not have a great recent record in its sister competition.
In fact, the Portuguese giants have won just one of their last six matches in the Europa League in 90 minutes. To be fair the home side had not featured in the competition since 2014 prior to this season, so those stats may be slightly misleading.
Benfica have an inconsistent record in their latest Europa League away games. However, the Portuguese side has suffered just one defeat in their last six matches on their travels in the [...]