Benfica stage comeback win over PSG but bow out

Reuters| Updated: Dec 11, 2013, 08:51 AM IST

Lisbon: Benfica got the better of a makeshift Paris St Germain side with a 2-1 comeback win on Tuesday thanks to goals from South Americans Lima and Nicolas Gaitan but it wasn`t enough to secure a passage to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

The Lisbon club needed to better Olympiakos` score in Athens, but the Greek side beat Anderlecht 3-1 to claim the runners-up spot in Group C and consign third-placed Benfica to the Europa League.

PSG go through as group winners with 13 points, three ahead of both Olympiakos and Benfica.

The visitors` Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani slotted home the opener eight minutes before halftime.

Benfica levelled with a penalty from Brazilian Lima after PSG`s Champions League debutant Kalifa Traore brought down Silvio in the box, and Argentinian Gaitan rewarded Benfica for a stronger second-half display with the winner after 58 minutes.