In the third round of Champions League qualification on Tuesday, FC Midtjylland will face Benfica.
Last week’s opening leg saw the Danes lose in Portugal, so they have their work cut out for them if they want to stay in Europe’s top league.
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There is no doubt that Midtjylland would have been eliminated from the competition if the Danish winger hadn’t successfully tucked the ball away from 12 yards after Goncalo Ramos added his third goal to his team’s three unanswered first-half goals.
Midtjylland lost out on the Europa League knockout stage last season after finishing second for the second consecutive season in the Danish Superliga, but they did manage to win the Danish Cup for just the second time in their existence.
Benfica have only ever made it to the group stage of the Champions League once, in the campaign in which they finished last in the standings with just two points in 2020–21. They have a slim chance of repeating that achievement this season unless they can surprise Benfica on Tuesday.
Naturally, Benfica reached the round of eight in the Champions League for the first time in six seasons last year following a two-leg battle against eventual runners-up Liverpool.
To their great domestic regret, they lost in the fifth round of the Taca de Portugal, won the League Cup, and finished third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Based on last week’s first leg, Ramos appears to be able to step in for the Uruguayan’s goals, with Schmidt presumably anxious for his team to maintain their composure in Denmark given their sizable advantage.
Another easy win for Benfica is possible, putting them one match away from the group stage of the Champions League.
Even though it wouldn’t be surprising to see Midtjylland score again in the second leg, the visitors undoubtedly have too much firepower for the Danish team to manage. They overpowered Midtjylland in the first leg.