Benfica's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League were ended after they slipped to a surprise defeat at the hands of Group B minnows Hapoel Tel-Aviv. A brace from
This defeat combined with Schalke's 3-0 win over Lyon was the worst possible combination of results for Benfica, with
Benfica started far the more positive of the sides and inside two minutes Alan Kardec unleashed a shot from 25 yards which grabbed the attention of Vincent Enyeama, but sailed wide of the upright. The Portuguese side continued to probe in the opening exchanges and
The hosts finally sparked into life midway through the half when Gil Vermouth chanced his arm from distance with an effort that just sailed wide. Hapoel's improved display was swiftly rewarded when they went ahead on 24 minutes. Shay Abutbul's free-kick from the right channel was not dealt with by the Benfica defence and Zahavi profited fully, sending a thumping header into the top-left corner.
Hapoel comfortably held their advantage to the interval, but after the restart it was the visitors making the running as they strove to get back on level terms. First
Enyeama then held on to
The second goal arrived on 74 minutes when Benfica failed to clear Zahavi's corner to the near post and Douglas da Silva reacted quickest to lash home. Zahavi's long-range effort from 25 yards was saved by Roberto with eight minutes remaining, but the Israeli forward was rewarded with the second goal his display deserved in stoppage time, slotting home from