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.




Vitória and Guedes preview "Clash of the Eagles"

Benfica will be without five key players for the visit of Beşiktaş on Tuesday night. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória refused to bemoan his bad luck, instead choosing to focus on the positives, such as the emergence of 17-year old forward José Gomes.




Squad List: Benfica x Beşiktaş

Benfica must field a makeshift forward-line once again when they take on Beşiktaş in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Rafa suffered a thigh strain on his debut against Arouca, and joins Jonas (foot hematoma), Raúl Jiménez (knee sprain) and Kostas Mitroglou (thigh strain) on the injury list. Jardel is also unavailable with a thigh strain.

17-year old forward José Gomes retains his place in the squad after becoming the third youngest debutant in Benfica's history at Arouca. 19-year old João Carvalho has also been promoted from Benfica B to bolster Rui Vitória's options in midfield.

Benfica versus Beşiktaş gets underway at 19:45 on Tuesday at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes




Opinion: The Lowdown on Beşiktaş

Benfica begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night when they host Turkish champions Beşiktaş at the Estádio da Luz. The visitors' squad should include some familiar faces, including Anderson Talisca, Ricardo Quaresma and Vincent Aboubakar. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Kaan Bayazit, editor of Beşiktaş International, to learn more about Benfica's opponents.




Benfica register Champions League squad

Benfica have submitted a 24-man squad list to UEFA for the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League. New signing Rafa Silva has been registered, but there is no place for Branimir Kalaica, Danilo or Andrija Živković. The latter is currently sidelined with a right leg injury.

A club may register a maximum of three new players before the knockout stages, but the squad cannot exceed 25 players. An unlimited number of youth players (born on or after January 1st 1995) are also eligible to play in the Champions League, provided that they have been with the club for an uninterrupted period of at least two years since their 15th birthday.

The Eagles begin this season's European campaign on Tuesday 13th September, when they welcome Turkish champions Beşiktaş to the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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