Joao Felix nets first senior hat-trick as Benfica trounce Eintracht Frankfurt

João Félix scored the first hat-trick of his senior career as Benfica thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 at home in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

The Portuguese outfit were rampant at the Estádio Da Luz and will feel they already have one foot in the semi-finals following Félix’s fantastic display, which also included an assist for Rúben Dias' strike.

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Benfica took the lead in the 20th minute when Evan Ndicka pushed over Gedson Fernandes in the penalty area. Félix stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, slamming past Kevin Trapp. 

Five minutes before the break, Luka Jović, who is on loan from Benfica, equalised. Ante Rebić motored away down the left, cutting back for his team-mate to side-foot his 25th goal of the season. 

Two minutes before half time Benfica restored their lead. Félix collected the ball 25 yards from goal before arrowing a powerful effort into the bottom right-hand corner with unerring accuracy. 

Five minutes after the restart Benfica grabbed a third. A corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Félix, taking Frankfurt keeper Trapp out of contention, and Dias stooped to nod in at the back post.

Félix then completed his hat-trick by coolly sidefooting home Álex Grimaldo's low cross to complete his first professional hat-trick.

The German outfit pulled one back with 18 minutes remaining, Gonçalo Paciência heading in Jonathan de Guzmán's cross. 

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