PSV defeats BATE in Champions League thriller, Benfica held at home

PAOK earned a 1-1 draw at Portuguese giants Benfica in the Champions League play-off round, while PSV edged a five-goal thriller at BATE.

PSV star Hirving Lozano   -  Getty Images

PSV holds the advantage in its Champions League play-off following a thrilling 3-2 victory at BATE that was sealed by an 89th-minute header from substitute Donyell Malen.

PAOK held Benfica to a 1-1 draw in Lisbon while the first leg between Red Star Belgrade and Red Bull Salzburg ended goalless in Serbia as it battles to secure a place in the group stage of the competition.

BATE took a surprise lead in just the ninth minute of Tuesday's tie at Borisov Arena when Jasse Tuominen turned a low cross from Aleksandar Filipovic through the legs of Netherlands goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet.

The Eredivisie side was level before the break when referee Felix Zwayer gave a penalty for a handball by Nemanja Milunovic, Gaston Pereiro drilling home the penalty despite Denis Scherbitski diving the right way. And the comeback was seemingly complete in the 62nd minute, Hirving Lozano collecting a pass from captain Luuk de Jong and bending home a delightful curling effort from 25 yards.

BATE had other ideas, however, with 37-year-old Alyaksandr Hleb firing in a volley in the 88th minute that looked certain to have left the match finely balanced ahead of next week's concluding leg. But PSV decisively retook the lead just a minute later to spark joyous celebrations, Malen rising highest in the box to crash a header from Angelino's cross past a helpless Scherbitski.

Pizzi's penalty in first-half stoppage time at the Estadio da Luz gave Benfica the lead against PAOK, but the Greek side scored a potentially vital away goal in the 76th minute through Amr Warda.

And Red Star Belgrade has a tough task to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time after it failed to break down Red Bull Salzburg in its home leg.

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