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Leipzig advance to Champions League knockout stages with hard-fought 2-2 draw against Benfica

Pizzi (20') and Vinícius (59') score for Benfica | Gulácsi taken off injured (59') | Forsberg bags a brace (90' and 90'+6) | RBL advance to Round of 16

RB Leipzig fought back to earn a late 2-2 draw against Benfica in order to secure their spot in the Champions League round of 16. 

A back-and-forth affair saw RBL start off on the right foot, but it was Benfica who would take the lead through Pizzi in the 20th minute. Despite several chances, Leipzig headed into the break narrowly behind. 

The second half got off to a rough start for the Bulls. Lukas Klostermann slipped at the halfway line in the 59th minunte, allowing Carlos Vinícius a free path to goal where he would score to make it 2-0. Vinicius was unlucky to hit Péter Gulácsi in the head during his run, and the goalkeeper had to be taken off injured. 

Leipzig went on the attack soon after, but had to wait to be rewarded. Patrik Schick skillfully trapped the ball before winning a penalty, which Emil Forsberg cooly converted (90').

In added time it was once again Forsberg who found himself in the spotlight, this time after getting on the end of a Timo Werner cross to head home the equaliser (90'+6). After over ten minutes of added time, the final whistle finally blew. For the first time ever, Leipzig have advanced to the Champions League round of 16. 

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Highlights

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20th minute: Goal for Benfica. Upamecano can't quite clear his lines and the ball falls to Pizzi who slots it past Gulácsi to open the scoring.
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24th minute: Emil Forsberg finds Christopher Nkunku in the penalty area but Odysseas Vlachodimos somehow denies him.
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35th minute: Vlachodimos now pulls off a great stop to prevent Sabitzer from scoring.
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36th minute: Chance after chance for RBL! This time it's Konrad Laimer who is denied from range.
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44th minute: Pizzi strikes the RBL bar! The score remains 1-0 at half time.
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59th minute: Goal for Benfica. Lukas Klostermann suffers an unfortunate slip up and Carlos Vinicius finds himself clean through on goal. He slides the ball past Gulácsi to double the Benfica lead.
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63rd minute: Gulácsi sustained a head injury during the one-on-one and had to be replaced by Yvon Mvogo.
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89th minute: Schick controls a long ball from Sabitzer with a beautiful piece of skill and is fouled inside the penalty area!
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90th minute: GOAL FOR RBL! Forsberg converts with a thunderous strike. 9 minutes of added time to go!
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90 +6 minute: GOOOOOAAALLL FOR RBL! Werner crosses in from the left and Forsberg heads it into the back of the net!
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90 +10 minute: Full time! The Bulls are through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.

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