RB Leipzig 2-2 Benfica: Late Forsberg double sends hosts through to last 16
Emil Forsberg scored two late goals, including a 96th-minute equaliser, to send RB Leipzig through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-2 draw against Benfica.
Benfica needed victory to remain in the competition and held a two-goal lead late in Wednesday's clash at Red Bull Arena.
Leipzig suffered an early setback when Pizzi struck and Carlos Vinicius added a second just before the hour to seemingly kill off the contest.
The visitors took the lead inside 20 minutes through Pizzi's deflected finish into the bottom-right corner after he was teed up by Adel Taarabt.
Christopher Nkunku fired a close-range shot straight at Odisseas Vlachodimos, and the visiting goalkeeper was equal to Marcel Sabitzer's half-volley as Leipzig pushed for a
leveller, also seeing penalty appeals waved away.
The offside flag then denied Sabitzer when he converted a parried Forsberg strike, but Pizzi nearly doubled Benfica's lead before half-time with a curling shot against the crossbar.
What appeared to be the all important second goal went the way of Benfica, Vinicius making the most of Lukas Klostermann's error to charge through one-on-one and calmly slot past
Peter Gulacsi, who was caught in the head by the goalscorer's trailing leg and had to be replaced.
However, Forsberg converted from the penalty spot after Ruben Dias challenged substitute Patrik Schick inside the box, before heading in Timo Werner's cross with six of the nine
added-on minutes played.
What does it mean? Leipzig through, Benfica eliminated
Forsberg's late double could not have been any more dramatic given the outcome for both sides.
Leipzig are into the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time, while Benfica can no longer overtake both Lyon and Zenit, who are level on seven points heading into
the final round of fixtures.