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2022/23 UCL: Ghana’s Sowah, Odoi suffer elimination with Club Brugge

Ghana duo Kamal Sowah and Denis Odoi were involved as Belgian side Club Brugge suffered an embarrassing 5-1 defeat away to Benfica on Tuesday night to bow out of the 2022/23 Uefa Champions League.

The Portuguese giants, having won the first leg 2-0, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-1 aggregate win.

Sowah started the game in the game on the wings of a 5-man midfield but was substituted by Antonio Nusa in the 75th minute. Earlier on in the 62nd minute, compatriot Odoi had made his way in for Clinton Mata

Benfica’s early dominance saw them break the deadlock in the 38th minute, with Goncalo Ramos crossing the ball to Rafa Silva who controlled and found some space before slotting into the corner of the far post.

The second was scored just before half-time, with Ramos skipping past several challenges in the box before firing a low shot.

It was more of the same in the second half, and in the 57th minute, Ramos completed his brace with a powerful near-post finish.

Joao Mario scored the fourth goal from the spot, sending Simon Mignolet the wrong way, after Abakar Sylla’s rash challenge on Gilberto earned Benfica a penalty.

Substitute David Neres scored in the 77th minute after drilling the ball into the far corner. It was initially ruled offside by the linesman, but VAR reversed the decision to give Benfica their fifth of the night.

 Bjorn Meijer scored a late consolation goal for the visitors to make it 5-1 in the 87th minute.

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