João Félix became the youngest Portuguese player, surpassing Eusebio, to score a hat-trick in European competition to lead Benfica to a 4-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa quarterfinals on Thursday night in the Estádio da Luz.
Benfica got the home win, but the two away goals by Frankfurt could prove to be important in the second leg in Germany next Thursday.
Bruno Lage rested top scorer Seferovic, in order to help protect the Swiss International for the important six matches left in the Liga NOS.
Benfica (4-4-2): Vlachodimos; Corchia (Pizzi 66), Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo; Gedson, Samaris (Zivkovic 85), Fejsa, Cervi; Silva (Seferovic 60), Felix
Subs not used: Svilar, Ribeiro, Luis, Jota
Goals: Felix (pen) 21, 43, 54, Dias 50
Manager: Bruno Lage
Eintracht Frankfurt (4-4-2): Trapp; Abraham, Hinteregger, Hasebe, N’Dicka; da Costa, Rode (Gacinovic 85), Fernandes, Kostic; Rebic (Paciencia 68), Jovic (de Guzman 60)
Subs not used: Ronnow, Falette, Willems, Torro
Booked: Rebic, Jovic, Hasebe
Sent off: N’Dicka
Goals: Jovic 40 , Paciencia 72
Manager: Adolf Hutter
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Eng)
2nd Leg, Thursday, April 18, 20:00
Eintracht Frankfurt (2) x (4) Benfica