Diogo Gonçalves

Benfica set an unwanted record in the UEFA Champions League by becoming the first Portuguese side to finish the group stage without a point after a 2-0 defeat to FC Basel at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night.

The Águias, who had already been eliminated from the competition following a 2-0 away defeat to CSKA Moscow, found themselves behind early on when Mohamed Elyounoussi headed home in the fifth minute. Dimitri Oberlin's second half diving header made it two to seal the Swiss Champions' progression to the last 16 of the Champions League.

The visitors started well and opened the scoring after just five minutes; Michael Lang's pinpoint cross found Elyounoussi, who headed home past Mile Svilar.

The hosts almost levelled matters in the 19th minute when an Andrija Živković corner found Lisandro López, whose first-time effort was diverted inches wide by Elyounoussi.

The Encarnados had a good opportunity to draw level from the resulting corner, as Pizzi's cross reached Jardel, but the veteran Brazilian headed just wide of the target.

In the 36th minute, Benfica again went close when Haris Seferović's powerful effort on the turn drew a fine save from Tomáš Vaclík, who did well to palm the effort behind.

The Swiss side should have doubled their lead a minute later, as Oberlin sent Renato Steffen through on goal; with just Svilar to beat, the diminutive winger decided to square the ball back towards Oberlin, but Jardel made a vital interception and cleared the ball to safety.

Benfica came close to an equaliser on the brink of half-time, when Eliseu met a Živković corner with a powerful header that Vaclík managed to palm away before gathering at the second attempt.

Despite the Eagles starting the second half in the ascendancy, Basel doubled their lead; Luca Zuffi's 65th minute freekick was nodded into the path of Oberlin by Manuel Akanji, and the 20-year-old found the net with a fine diving header.

Nine minutes later, the RotBlau's Raoul Petretta was fortunate not to be sent off when he kicked out at Benfica substitute Gabriel Barbosa, with the referee only booking the Italian.

The Swiss Champions should have made it three immediately afterwards when a misplaced clearance from Svilar fell straight to Steffen, who bore down on goal before somehow firing wide.

In the 93rd minute, the visitors threatened again as Steffen drove forward before seeing his lobbed effort sail just over the bar from a tight angle.

The result means that Basel finished second in Group A on 12 points, three points behind group winners Manchester United, and three points ahead of third-placed CSKA Moscow, who drop into this season's Europa League.

Benfica finished bottom, without a point, becoming the first Portuguese side to lose all six matches in the tournament. With just one goal scored and 14 conceded, they registered the ninth worse group stage statistics since the inception of the Champions League.

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