Highlights: Benfica vs Belenenses

Benfica trashed Belenenses in the Lisbon derby 6-0 in Estádio da Luz. Watch highlights and click "Read More" below to watch individual goals.




Squad List: Benfica x Belenenses

Rui Vitória revealed his 20-men squad list to face Belenenses in the first Lisbon derby of the season.

Jardel returns as an option after fully recovering from injury.

Nuno Santos is the surprise inclusion and takes the place of João Teixeira on the list in respect to the previous match.

The match will kick-off tomorrow at 20:30 at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Ederson

Defenders: Lisandro López, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel, Sílvio, André Almeida and Nelson Semedo

Midfielders: Fesja, Samaris, Gaitán, Victor Andrade, Pizzi, Talisca, Gonçalo Guedes and Nuno Santos

Forwards: Mitroglou, Raúl Jiménez and Jonas




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 2 Moreirense

Benfica came back from behind in Estádio da Luz to narrowly win against Moreirense after a lacklustre first half where Rui Vitória's men found themselves 1-0 behind despite dominating in possession once again.

The game had "Arouca v2" written all over it in the second-half but a late flurry of goals from substitute Raúl Jiménez (74'), Samaris (75') and Jonas (86') sealed a hard fought victory. Moreirense equalised through Cardozo shortly after Samaris gave Benfica the lead with a powerful shot from outside the area and it was Jonas who sparred further blushes with a sweet left footed volley after a cross by man-of-the-match Nico Gaitán.

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Squad List: Benfica x Moreirense

Jardel continues to be unavailable for manager Rui Vitória and will sit out on the sidelines once again as Benfica return to Primeira Liga action.

Estádio da Luz will host northern side Moreira for the 3rd matchweek and the «encarnados» will be hoping to leave last week's defeat behind by winning in front of the home crowd.

Carcela and Cristante have been left out by option.

The 20 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Ederson

Defenders: Lisandro López, Luisão, Eliseu, Sílvio, André Almeida and Nelson Semedo




Highlights: Arouca x Benfica

Benfica succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against a resilient Arouca side played on a neutral ground in Aveiro. Rui Vitória's men dominated attacking statistics with 30 shots and 13 corners but were unable to find the back of the net. 

Arouca took an early lead through Roberto and Benfica seemed unable to break down an organised defensive side who began time wasting tactics immediately after. Title rivals Sporting and Porto both drew on Saturday and the chance to take a two-point lead at the top of the table went begging.

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Squad List: Arouca x Benfica

New singning Carcela makes his debut on the manager's squad list and may feature against Arouca, however there is a guarantee two names from the below list will not be on the first XI or substitute bench.

Except for the inclusion of Carcela, Jardel (injury) and João Teixeira (dropped by option) are the only changes since last week.

Benfica will travel to Aveiro for the second matchweek of the Liga NOS. Beira Mar's stadium will act as the home ground for Arouca due to the larger capacity than their own and the potential for increased revenue for the modest northern club.




Highlights: Benfica vs Estoril

Benfica left it late in the game to overcome a difficult Estoril side who had chances of their own in Estádio da Luz. The floodgates opened when new signing Mitroglou scored with a placed header from Gaitán's cross. Jonas scored a brace shortly after and senior team debutant Nélson Semedo sealed the win after a string of good passes from Victor Andrade and a backheel assist from Gaitán.

Attendance: 53,285

Full-time Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Estoril




Rui Vitória wants an auspicious start

Rui Vitória carried out his pre-match conference in front of the media and made conclusive comments on how he wants to approach the opening match.

"The expectations are huge and the will to win too. We need to respect the opponent, Estoril is a good side. We hope we can begin the new league season with a win."

"Estoril are currently in good form and will want to play eye to eye. We need to be focused and concentrate on ourselves. My players are aware of what they need to do and how we want to play, with pride, commitment and professionalism."




Squad List: Benfica x Estoril

Rui Vitória revealed his first squad list for the 2015/16 opening league game against Estoril tomorrow evening at 20:30.

Victor Andrade was 'promoted' for this weekend from the B side and trained with the first team, allowing him to feature on the manager's list.

New signings Carcela and Taarabt are injured and on the sidelines alongside Cristante and Salvio.

Raul Jiménez, who just joined Benfica a couple of days ago, will not be making an appearance by choice.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Ederson




First three league game dates confirmed

Liga Portugal has confirmed the first three matchweeks of Liga NOS starting in middle of August.

Benfica host Estoril on Sunday 16th August at 20:30 BST (live on BTV) and travel to Arouca on Sunday 23rd August, with kick-off scheduled at 19:15 BST (live on Sport TV).

August completes in Estádio da Luz against Moreirense on Saturday 29th August at 20:45 BST (live on BTV).




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