The match also saw fans return to the stands for the first time in nearly a year.

Following the 2-0 triumph in Russia over the team coached by Portuguese Rui Vitória, midfielder João Mário (58 minutes) scored initially with his first goal for the Eagles, and Frenchman Samuel Gigot (90+2), sealed the result and qualification for Benfica.

To join Sporting and FC Porto in the group stage of the Champions League, Jorge Jesus’ side will have to eliminate PSV Eindhoven, who knocked out Danish team Midtjylland.