While AS Monaco could not do better than a 1-1 draw against PSV Eindhoven, four other clashes took place in parallel as part of the third qualifying round for the 2022/2023 Champions League. The meeting between the Belgians of Union Saint-Gilloise and Glasgow Rangers was also important for Monaco. Indeed, the winner of the double confrontation will challenge ASM or PSV in the play-offs. This first leg turned to the advantage of the Belgians since the French naturalized Maltese Teddy Teuma started the meeting (27th) before Dante Vanzeir doubled the lead from the penalty spot (76th) for a 2-0 victory for Union Saint-Gilloise against the unfortunate finalists of the last Europa League. Big piece of these qualifications for the next Champions League, Benfica made short work of Mitjylland with a 4-1 victory. The Aguias were able to count on Gonçalo Ramos author of a hat-trick (16th, 33rd and 61st) as well as a jewel of Enzo Fernandez (40th) to win easily. Pione Sisto reduced the score from the penalty spot (77th) offering a tiny hope to the Danes. Really encouraging performance from Roger Schmidt’s Benfica.
A little earlier in the evening, the Sheriff Tiraspol who had caused a sensation last season by beating Real Madrid in particular in the group stage (2-1) this time received Viktoria Plzen. And it started well with a penalty converted by the Nigerian Ibrahim Akanbi Rasheed (37th). Nevertheless, the Czechs in turn benefited from a penalty that Tomas Chory converted (41st). Finally, a second-half goal from Pavel Bucha (55th) validated the 2-1 victory for Viktoria Plzen. A score similar to that on which Dinamo Zagreb played Ludogorets Razgrad. Quickly scoring through Dino Peric (6th), the Croats quickly doubled the lead by provoking the goal against his camp by Sergio Padt (9th). Finally, the Bulgarians reduced the gap via Bernard Tekpetey (22nd) without being able to equalise.
Benfica (Portugal) 4-1 Midtjylland (Denmark): Gonçalo Ramos (16th, 33rd and 61st) and Enzo Fernandez (40th) for Benfica; Pione Sisto (77th sp) for Midtjylland
Union Saint-Gilloise (Belgium) 2-0 Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) Teddy Teuma (27th) and Dante Vanzeir (76th sp) for Union Saint-Gilloise
Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) 1-2 Viktoria Plzen (Czechia) : Ibrahim Akanbi Rasheed (37th sp) for Sheriff Tiraspol; Tomas Chory (41st sp) and Pavel Bucha (55th) for Viktoria Plzen
Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) : Bernard Tekpetey (22nd) for Ludogorets Razgrad; Dino Peric (6th) and Sergio Padt (9th CSC) for Dinamo Zagreb