Raul Jimenez inspired a Benfica comeback in their Champions League encounter with FC Astana by scoring two goals for the Portuguese side.
Jimenez’s goals in the 40th and 72nd minutes kept Benfica on course for the tournament’s round of 16. The Eagles find themselves atop Group C for the time being, with Atlético Madrid and Galatasaray still to play.
Astana had taken a two-goal lead before Jimenez propelled Benfica back into the match with a powerful header and a predatory finish.
Raul Jimenez goal in the 40th minute:
Raul Jimenez goal in the 72nd minute:
After Jimenez’s disappointing time with Atlético, the group table must be especially satisfying for the Mexican striker.
Raul Jimenez will be delighted to have seemingly cemented his place in Rui Vitoria’s starting eleven with another strong Champions League performance.
While Jimenez has had to make due with primarily coming off the bench in the Primeira Liga, where Benfica find themselves trailing league leaders Sporting by 8 points, he’s been instrumental in Benfica’s strong European performances.
For fans of Mexico, the sight of Jimenez getting back to doing what he does best is surely a cause for optimism.