SL Benfica and Olympiacos FC battled to a hard-fought draw in a deluge in Lisbon to maintain both sides' realistic hopes of a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.
Óscar Cardozo's scrambled late strike cancelled out Alejandro Domínguez's slick first-half opener – the Greek club's first goal in the Portuguese capital at the sixth attempt – to leave both teams on four points in Group C. With perfect Paris Saint-Germain FC pulling away at the top, the return encounter at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in two weeks promises to be decisive.
It was impossible to play the kind of football we are used to playing. Our players fought hard against the rain with a lot of mental and physical strength. It was a fair point.
Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach
We were better than Benfica. I am proud of my players. They responded well to all challenges. I am confident that we will advance to the next round.
Míchel, Olympiacos coach
|1||Artur (GK)||16||Roberto (GK)|
|4||Luisão (C)||2||Maniatis (C)|
|13||Paulo Lopes (GK)||42||Megyeri (GK)|
|Jorge Jesus (POR)||Míchel (ESP)|
|Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)|