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




Opinion: The Lowdown on Napoli

Benfica continue their Champions League quest on Wednesday evening when they face Italian giants Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. The Napoli squad is packed with household names, including Pepe Reina, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, José Callejón and Arkadiusz Milik. In the build-up to the game, we talked to Massimiliano Gallo, editor of Il Napolista, to learn all about the Azzurri and their squad.




Benfica reflect on Beşiktaş sucker punch

Benfica and Beşiktaş played out a 1-1 draw at the Estádio da Luz on matchday one of the 2016/17 Champions League. It was a result that felt more like a defeat for the Encarnados, who led for over 80 minutes before Talisca levelled the scores with a stoppage time free-kick. After the match, Rui Vitória and his players did their best to focus on the positives.




Match Report: Benfica 1 - 1 Beşiktaş

Benfica began their 2016/17 UEFA Champions League campaign in front of 46,126 spectators at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, against Turkish champions Besiktas. The Encarnados came into the match short on options in attack, with Rafa, Jonas, Raúl Jiménez and Kostas Mitroglou all on the injury list.




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