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.




Opinion: News and views from the Beşiktaş camp

Benfica take on Beşiktaş in Istanbul this Wednesday, in a game of monumental significance. A win would guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, while a draw or a defeat would leave things very much in the balance. Ahead of Matchday 5, we sought the views of Kaan Bayazit, Editor of Besiktas International. You can also read his detailed appraisal of the Beşiktaş squad here.




Squad List: Beşiktaş x Benfica

Benfica have been handed a big injury boost ahead of their crunch Champions League game with Beşiktaş this week. Ljubomir Fejsa and Jardel have both been declared fit to travel.

The Eagles are now at full strength with the exception of Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), André Horta (thigh) and Jonas (foot). Danilo and Andrija Živković are ineligible for the Champions League group stage.

Wednesday’s match kicks off at 17:45 (UK/Portuguese time) at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul, and will be officiated by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Benfica stars reflect on Dynamo duel

Benfica claimed a priceless three points against Dynamo Kyiv at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night. The Eagles are now level on points with group leaders Napoli, with just two games left to play. Pizzi, Salvio and Ederson were asked for their thoughts immediately after the game.




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.




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