Vitória and Samaris preview Dortmund showdown

Benfica play Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion tonight, with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on offer to the aggregate victor. Benfica have a 1-0 lead to defend from the first leg, but Dortmund are in sparkling form, having defeated Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória was asked whether his tactical approach would differ at all from the teams’ previous meeting.




Opinion: News and views from the Dortmund camp

Borussia Dortmund

Benfica and Borussia Dortmund do battle at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday night, in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. Ahead of the match, we got the inside story on Dortmund's preparations from Stefan Buczko, editor-in-chief and host of The Yellow Wall Podcast.




Squad List: Borussia Dortmund x Benfica

Benfica have taken 22 players to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund. Ljubomir Fejsa has failed to recover from his left ankle sprain, dealing a massive blow to the Eagles' hopes. By contrast, Filipe Augusto has recovered from his right ankle sprain, some two weeks earlier than expected.

Álex Grimaldo is injured (abdomen) and no longer registered for the Champions League. Andrija Živković could make his Champions League debut for Benfica after serving a one-match European ban. Jonas missed the first leg with a neck injury, but looks set to be involved tomorrow. Nélson Semedo is well-rested after serving a domestic ban at the weekend.

Wednesday's match at the Westfalenstadion is scheduled for 19:45 UK and Portuguese time, and will be officiated by English referee Martin Atkinson.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Pedro Pereira, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas and Mitroglou




Coach and players react to dramatic Dortmund triumph

Benfica claimed a famous 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening, thanks to a combination of hard work, luck, and a sensational goalkeeping performance from Ederson. After the final whistle, Rui Vitória and his players shared their thoughts in front of the BTV cameras.




Match Report: Benfica 1 - 0 Borussia Dortmund

Benfica hosted Borussia Dortmund at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. The German side came into the game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to the Bundesliga’s bottom club, SV Darmstadt, whereas Benfica were buoyant after their 3-0 victory over Arouca.




Vitória reveals pride as Luisão prepares to join the 500 club

Benfica go head-to-head with German giants Borussia Dortmund in Lisbon tonight, in a mouth-watering Champions League round of 16 encounter. On the eve of the game, Rui Vitória faced the press at the Estádio da Luz, and was asked to analyse the principal strengths of Benfica’s illustrious opponents.




Squad List: Benfica x Borussia Dortmund

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for the visit of Borussia Dortmund. Jonas has been included, but is a major doubt after missing training on Monday with neck pain. Andrija Živković serves a one-game suspension carried over from his time at Partizan Belgrade.

Lisandro López is still absent after colliding with the post against Moreirense in January. Álex Grimaldo has been removed from Benfica's European roster as he continues his rehabilitation from abdominal surgery.

Eduardo Salvio has recovered from his ankle injury, and January signing Pedro Pereira is included for the first time. If selected, Luisão will make his 500th competitive appearance for the club.

Tuesday's game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo, Eliseu and Pedro Pereira

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Filipe Augusto, André Horta, Carrillo, Pizzi, Salvio, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Opinion: The lowdown on Borussia Dortmund

Benfica and Borussia Dortmund clash at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their eagerly anticipated Champions League round of 16 tie. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Stefan Buczko, editor-in-chief and host of The Yellow Wall Podcast, to get the latest on Benfica's formidable opponents.




Borussia Dortmund await Benfica in Champions League Round of 16

Aubameyang and Reus

Benfica's reward for qualification from the Champions League group stage is a mouthwatering round of 16 tie against German giants Borussia Dortmund. The Eagles will host the first leg at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday 14th February, before travelling to the 81,000 capacity Westfalenstadion on Wednesday 8th March.




Vitória attributes lethargic performance to "abnormal circumstances"

Rui Vitória

There were mixed emotions for Benfica on Tuesday night, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli at the Estádio da Luz, but still qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. The Eagles knew that they would progress regardless of defeat if Besiktas failed to overcome Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine. Dynamo raced into a 4-0 half-time lead, and the news clearly filtered through to the players, leading to a limp and lifeless second half display in Lisbon. Callejón and Mertens got the goals for the Italians, before Raúl snatched a late consolation.




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