LISBON, Portugal (AP) — One bad half ended Zenit St. Petersburg’s European hopes for the season.
Zenit conceded three second-half goals against Benfica on Tuesday, losing 3-0 to be eliminated from both the Champions League and the Europa League.
The loss allowed Lyon to advance as the second-place team in Group G after a 2-2 draw against group winner Leipzig at home , with Memphis Depay’s equalizer coming in the 82nd minute.
Zenit would have advanced if Lyon had lost to Leipzig because of a better head-to-head record against the French club.
“Everyone did know the result of the other match at halftime (when Lyon was losing 2-0), but I don’t think it influenced our performance, made them relax