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Benfica ends UCL campaign with 1-0 win over AEK

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BENIFICA finished its Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over AEK Athens on Wednesday.

Both teams were out of contention for the knockout stage, and Benfica had already secured third place and a spot in the round of 32 of the Europa League.

Alex Grimaldo scored the winner in the 88th minute with a well-struck free kick over the wall.

Bayern Munich won Group E with 14 points, two more than Ajax. Benfica finished with seven points, while AEK Athens had zero after losing all of its games. Bayern and Ajax drew 3-3 in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

With nothing at stake in Lisbon, both teams took risks in what was an entertaining match at the Stadium of Light. The teams created several chances back-and-forth in the second half, with the hosts coming closest to scoring.

Alfa Semedo hit the crossbar with a header in the 70th, and about 10 minutes later Gedson Fernandes entered the area free from markers but had his shot saved by AEK goalkeeper Vassilis Barkas.

AEK went a man down in the 86th when Kostas Galanopoulos pulled Fernandes’ jersey and was shown a second yellow card. Coach Marios Ouzounidis was sent off a few minutes later after complaining excessively. Benfica had won 3-2 in

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