Champions League Review: Benfica, PSV & Red Star Progress

The trio of Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Red Star Belgrade have qualified for the group stage of this season’s Champions League following their respective aggregate wins on Wednesday night.

Benfica thrashed their hosts PAOK Salonika 4-1 in their second leg clash in Greece buoyed by two penalty goals from Argentine international winger Eduardo Salvio.

The Portuguese Super League side sealed group stage qualification with a 5-2 aggregate win after both sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal.

Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven are also through following a 6-2 aggregate victory over BATE Borisov of Belarus.

PSV thrashed their opponents 3-0 in the second leg in the Netherlands on Wednesday courtesy goals from Steven Bergwijn, Luuk de Jong and Hirving Lozano.

Red Star Belgrade will also feature in the Champions League proper after they edged Red Bull Salzburg of Austria on away goals.

Both sides played out a 2-2 draw in the second leg in Austria thus paving the way for the Serbians to go through.

The two teams played goalless in the first leg in Belgrade, Serbia.