Benfica's mascot eagle returns after flying away before game

Benfica's mascot at the Stadium of Light Source: Getty Images

Benfica fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The team's mascot eagle is back.

A day after one of the team's eagles unexpectedly flew away during a pre-match ceremony, the club said the bird had returned unharmed - 24 hours later - on Monday (AEST).

"Guess who's back...," the club said in a social media post accompanied by a photo of the eagles.

"You can stop worrying, they are all here."

The eagles are released before home matches and fly around the Stadium of Light.

They are supposed to return to a trainer standing near midfield, but the bird used before the team's 2-0 win over Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday (AEST) flew out of the stadium and kept going.

The eagles carry ribbons with the team's red and white colours.

Benfica lead the Primeira Liga just one point ahead of rivals Porto, but could drop to second should Sergio Conceicao's men win their match away to Belenenses on Tuesday (AEST).

Source AAP