Roger Schmidt’s Benfica side blitzed Club Brugge 5-1 on the night to secure an astonishing 7-1 aggregate victory, while cruising into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) for a second consecutive season.
The 29-year-old wriggled away from two defenders inside the Brugge penalty area, before poking home beyond a statue-esque Simon Mignolet in the visitors’ goal.
It was Gonçalo Ramos who had set up Silva for the opener, and the Benfica talisman would find time before the interval to get himself on the scoresheet too.
Dancing beyond the Brugge backline, Ramos tucked a composed right-footed strike into the bottom corner, upping his tally for the season to an astonishing 22 goals and putting the tie beyond Brugge’s reach.
Ramos would add further to that already-impressive tally just 10 minutes after HT, netting Benfica’s third of the evening and their fourth of the tie.
Displaying the quality that has many tipping him as one of Europe’s most promising strikers, the 21-year-old’s first-time finish inside the box left a crestfallen Mignolet little chance of making a save.
Substitute David Neres then got in on the act with a goal of his own, taking a shot just inside the penalty area and tucking the ball into the bottom corner, while adding further gloss to a landslide victory.