Benfica edge Zenit 1-0

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February 17, 2016
Benfica's Jonas (right) fights for the ball against Zenit's Javi Garcia during a Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Benfica and Zenit at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.

LISBON, Portugal (AP):

Jonas scored in added time to give Benfica a dramatic 1-0 win over 10-man Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League yesterday heading home a free kick awarded after Domenico Criscito was shown a red card for the visitors.

Brazilian striker Jonas, Benfica's and the Portuguese league's top scorer, netted for the 26th time this season with a glancing header from a free kick in the 91st minute.

The free-kick was awarded after Criscito picked up his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Andre Almeida.

Neither team really shone in the first leg, last 16 game at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, though the win spared Benfica from what looked likely to be a goalless draw and a tough time in Russia.

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