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Porto debacle benefits bitter rivals Benfica

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Pin Benfica have been given a huge helping hand by Krasnodar. SLBenfica
Benfica have been given a huge helping hand by Krasnodar. SLBenfica

Porto debacle benefits bitter rivals Benfica

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Porto's elimination from the Champions League made Benfica go from pot 3 to pot 2 for the group stage draw. An involuntary helping hand for the Lisbon club.

Porto and Benfica are two big rivals. They are the two best teams in Portugal followed by Sporting Lisbon. Porto and Benfica are also used to being in the Champions League every year, but this time, the Dragons are out early

Krasnodar upset the Portuguese outfit with a 2-3 win at the Do Dragao to qualify on away goals. A situation which directly affected Benfica, who needed Porto or Ajax to be eliminated to go from pot 3 to pot 2. 

And they got their wish. The Russians defeated Porto and did Benfica a big favour. A situation which drastically improves Benfica's chances of getting out of the group stage. 

Benfica are now guaranteed to avoid teams like Real Madrid, Atletico, Napoli, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Shakhtar Donetsk

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