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.




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.




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