Liga NOS 2017/18 fixtures released

Liga Nos draw 1718

The upcoming 2017/18 Liga NOS draw took place yesterday in Porto.

Benfica will open the league season at home against Braga, which is set to kick-off on Wednesday 9th August. Both clubs have yet to confirm the date on their official websites.

December 2017 will see Benfica travel to Porto and host Sporting Lisbon in the space of three weeks.

The last two games of the season will be a visit to the Estádio José Alvalade for the Lisbon derby on the weekend of 5/6 May, and the final game will be at the Estádio da Luz against Moreirense a week later.




Highlights: Boavista 2 - 2 Benfica




Squad List: Boavista x Benfica

Rui Vitória has selected 22 players for the final league fixture of the 2016/17 season. Paulo Lopes, Marcelo Hermes, Pedro Pereira and Branimir Kalaica have been included, and will all feature at some point in order to earn a championship medal.

Jardel will be out of action for around 6 weeks with a left knee injury, and is replaced by Lisandro López. Nélson Semedo, Álex Grimaldo, Ljubomir Fejsa and André Carrillo have all been rested, while André Horta comes back into contention.

Saturday's match at the Estádio do Bessa begins at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Pedro Pereira, Hermes, Kalaica and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Benfica seal "Tetracampeanato": Player and staff reactions

Benfica sealed their fourth consecutive league title with a 5-0 thrashing of Vitória de Guimarães at the Estádio da Luz on Saturday evening. The result prompted joyous celebrations inside the stadium, and amongst Benfiquistas all around the world. After the final whistle, the Benfica players and staff shared their emotions with BTV.




Highlights: Benfica 5 - 0 Vitória de Guimarães




Squad List: Benfica x Vitória de Guimarães

A win against Vitória de Guimarães on Saturday would see Benfica clinch a fourth consecutive Primeira Liga title. Rui Vitória has named an unchanged squad, with nobody currently in the treatment room. Once again, André Horta and Lisandro López have not been selected.

Pedro Martins' side will be no pushovers as the Eagles look to make history; they are on a seven match win streak, are unbeaten in eleven league games, and have the second best away record in the Liga NOS.

Saturday's game at a sold-out Estádio da Luz kicks off at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Carrillo, Samaris, Fejsa, Salvio, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Filipe Augusto and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Raúl and Mitroglou




Raúl proud of Rio Ave heroics

Benfica are just two points away from lifting their fourth consecutive Primeira Liga trophy, following a nervy 1-0 win over Rio Ave on Sunday night. The Eagles were given a tough test by their Europa League-chasing opponents, with the game’s only goal arriving in the 75th minute, courtesy of Raúl Jiménez. The visiting fans were made to sweat until the final whistle, with FC Porto loanee Gonçalo Paciência striking the post for Rio Ave in the dying minutes.

Speaking after the match, head coach Rui Vitória dedicated the victory to his players and the travelling supporters.




Highlights: Rio Ave 0 - 1 Benfica




Squad List: Rio Ave x Benfica

Rui Vitória has a fully-fit squad to pick from for the first time this season. Jardel returns after recovering from his ankle sprain, but Lisandro López and André Horta have been left out by choice.

Benfica need five points from their remaining three fixtures to guarantee a fourth consecutive league title.

Sunday's game at the Estádio dos Arcos gets underway at 20:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 1 Estoril




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