Vitória: "It was intense, thrilling and exhausting"

Benfica completed the double over Dinamo Kyiv in the group stage of the Champions League with a tight 1-0 victory in Lisbon on Tuesday night. The three points were crucial after Besiktas and Napoli played out a 1-1 draw in the earlier kick-off in Turkey. Head coach Rui Vitória made his ambitions abundantly clear after the final whistle on Matchday 4.




Squad List: Benfica x Dynamo Kyiv

Rui Vitória has made two changes to his squad ahead of the visit of Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday night. Guillermo Celis and José Gomes replace Danilo and Andrija Živkovic, who are both ineligible for the Champions League.

Jardel has yet to return to the training pitch following his thigh strain. Rafa Silva (thigh) and Jonas (foot) remain injured.

Tuesday's game kicks off at 19:45 at the Estádio da Luz, and will be officiated by Frenchman Clément Turpin.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Celis

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes




Vitória warns against complacency ahead of Dynamo test

Rui Vitoria

Benfica welcome Ukrainian Champions Dynamo Kyiv to the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, for Matchday 4 of the 2016/17 Champions League. The same opponents were convincingly beaten in Kyiv a fortnight ago, prompting Rui Vitória to warn his players against over-confidence.




Opinion: News and views from the Dynamo camp

Having defeated Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine on Champions League Matchday 3, Benfica host Serhiy Rebrov's side in Lisbon this Tuesday. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Steven Kalkan, from the Ukrainian football newsfeed Futbol Ukraine, to get an update on Dynamo's preparations. You can also read his detailed appraisal of the Dynamo squad here.




Vitória, Salvio and Luisão reflect on Kyiv triumph

Benfica in Kyiv

Benfica returned to winning ways in the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night. Eduardo Salvio opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 9th minute, after Gonçalo Guedes was tripped in the box by Dynamo's Portuguese fullback Antunes.




Pizzi and Vitória preview vital Kyiv clash

Pizzi

Benfica take on Dynamo Kyiv at Ukraine’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, knowing that a positive result is required after a 1-1 draw with Beşiktaş, and a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Napoli. Rui Vitória is only too aware of the challenge that will be posed by an experienced and settled Dynamo side.




Opinion: The lowdown on Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

After gleaning just a point from their opening two group matches, Benfica face back-to-back games with Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv, knowing that their Champions League survival hangs in the balance. Ahead of Wednesday night's crucial fixture in Kyiv, we learned more about Benfica's opponents from Steven Kalkan, of the Ukrainian football newsfeed Futbol Ukraine.




Squad List: Dynamo Kyiv x Benfica

On Wednesday, Benfica will face Dynamo Kyiv on Matchday 3 of the Champions League group stage. Rui Vitória today announced the 21-man squad that will be heading to Kyiv for the game. Several players have returned from injury, namely Júlio César, Raúl, Jardel, Samaris and Grimaldo.

Still out injured are André Almeida (left knee sprain), Jonas (hematoma in the right foot), André Horta and Rafa (both have a strained muscle in the right thigh).

The game will be played at 19:45 Portuguese time at the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel and Nélson Semedo

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

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes




Benfica left to rue ten minutes of madness

Benfica suffered a chastening 4-2 defeat at the hands of Napoli on Wednesday night. The Eagles started brightly, but the Italians opened the scoring when captain Marek Hamsik headed home from a corner. Briefly after half-time came ten minutes of madness, as Dries Mertens (2) and Arkadiusz Milik punished some terrible defending from the visitors. Benfica then salvaged some pride with late goals from Gonçalo Guedes and Eduardo Salvio.




Squad List: Napoli x Benfica

SL Benfica have announced their 21-man squad for Wednesday's game against Napoli. Still out injured for Benfica are Rafa, Andreas Samaris, Jardel, Jonas and Raúl Jiménez.

Andrija Živković and Danilo were not registered for the group stages, and Danilo is currently injured. Eliseu returns to the squad, while 19-year old centre-back Rúben Dias will provide extra defensive cover.

The game will be at 19:45 at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples, and will be officiated by Felix Brych of Germany.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Celis

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes, Mitroglou and José Gomes




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