Football

Benfica draws 1-1 with Olympiakos in Champs League

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Oscar Cardozo equalized five minutes from full time as Benfica rallied late for a 1-1 home draw against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The result put the clubs level on four points in Group C, five points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain which routed Anderlecht 5-0. Alejandro Dominguez received a neat backheeled pass from Kostas Mitroglou on the left of the Benfica penalty area and wrongfooted his marker before coolly slotting the ball past Artur for a 29th-minute opening goal.

The goal was a reward for the Greek champion's slick play in Lisbon as the home team rarely got out of first gear in the first half. A heavy rainstorm made the pitch almost unplayable in the second half, frustrating Benfica's efforts to pull level until Cardozo bundled the ball over the line in a goalmouth scramble.

Benfica and Olympiakos had previously lost to Paris Saint-Germain and beaten Anderlecht. Kostas Mitroglou regularly set alarms ringing in the Benfica defense, coming close twice in the first 10 minutes as Benfica failed to find a spark.

In the miserable conditions, neither team was able to make its possession tell as the ball repeatedly got stuck on the waterlogged pitch.

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