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.




Vitória and Semedo preview crunch Champions League encounter

Benfica do battle with Italian giants Napoli at the Estádio da Luz tonight, with their Champions League fate hanging in the balance. If Beşiktaş lose or draw with Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine this evening, the Eagles are guaranteed to progress to the last 16. If Beşiktaş triumph, however, then Benfica must win to remain in the competition.




Squad List: Benfica x Napoli

There are no surprises in Rui Vitória's squad to face Napoli on Matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage. Benfica are still without Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Eliseu (thigh), André Horta (thigh) and Jonas (foot). Danilo and Andrija Živković are both ineligible.

Tuesday's game kicks off at 19:45 at the Estádio da Luz, and will be officiated by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Opinion: News and views from the Napoli camp

Benfica host Napoli at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, conscious that they could still finish first, second or third in Champions League Group B. Ahead of the crunch match, Patrick Kendrick spoke to Diego De Luca of Neapolitan radio station Radio Kiss Kiss, to get an insight into Napoli’s preparations.




Vitória and Semedo remain confident of qualification

Benfica were minutes away from achieving qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday night. After an impressive first half display in which the Eagles scored three goals - much to the dismay of the avid Besiktas fans in the stands - the Turkish side managed to level the scores in the second half with a late goal from Porto loanee Vincent Aboubakar. Benfica's fate will now be decided in a fortnight's time, in the very last round of the group stage.




Match Report: Beşiktaş 3 - 3 Benfica

On Wednesday 23rd November, Benfica travelled to Istanbul to face Besiktas on Matchday 5 of the the UEFA Champions League group stage. Ahead of the main event, Benfica defeated Besiktas 3-0 in the UEFA Youth League, a score which at one point seemed achievable for the first team.




Vitória: "We are aware of what is at stake"

Vitória and Luisão

The Eagles of Benfica take on the Black Eagles of Besiktas at the Vodafone Arena this week, and the stakes could barely be higher. A win would guarantee Benfica's progression to the last 16 of the Champions League, while a defeat would make a third-placed finish a very real possibility. As usual, failure is not on the agenda for Rui Vitória.




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