Talisca likely to miss Académica encounter

Midfielder Talisca is likely to miss Benfica's next game against Académica at the Luz for the Primeira Liga.

The Brazilian landed awkwardly and dislocated his finger on his right hand, much to the nausea of TV onlookers and nearby colleagues.

Talisca was not part of the group that trained this morning at Seixal which was open to the press for 15 minutes. 

Goalkeeper Artur and defender César were training independently to recover from their respective injuries. Bruno Varela was called up to replace Artur on goalkeeping duties.

Highlights: Benfica 3 - 1 Nacional

Watch highlights of Benfica vs Nacional.

Benfica increased the gap to six points against second placed Porto, who have a game in hand, after an emphatic first half attacking performance. Jonas scored the first on the 21st minute in a move which started with Gaitán's superb tackle. Lima made it two with a cross from Gaitán and Jonas doubled his tally before the hour with a sweetly struck shot from outside the area, hitting the underneath of Gottardi's crossbar  in the process. 

Nacional were able to clinch one back with a long range effort by Tiago Rodrigues. There was not much Júlio César could have done in a game where he spent majority of his time watching the play.

Talisca was brought on in the second half to replace Jonas who is one booking away from a one-match suspension. Jorge Jesus was soon forced to substitute the Brazilian who dislocated his finger.

Benfica host Académica de Coimbra next on Saturday 11th April at 17:00 BST, in Estádio da Luz. Live coverage from BTV 1 HD.


Jorge Jesus wants to nullify Nacional's attacking prowess

In today's press conference at Seixal's training campus, manager Jorge Jesus previewed the Liga match where Benfica host Nacional tomorrow.

"We are in the last third of the championship and it's all more than planned. Nacional are stronger than they were earlier in the season and we felt that in the League Cup semi-final. It is going to be a challenging and competitive game. Now, in our stadium, with our fans we are stronger and hope to come out victorious to continue to meet our goals."

Benfica must maintain Nacional form

Benfica return in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this Saturday at 17:00 BST.

This will be the 21st encounter at the Estádio da Luz between the two sides and the team from Madeira have never left with a smile, accumulating 16 defeats and 4 draws so far.

Jorge Jesus' side must maintain this record and preferably record a win to continue to pressure the rivals, especially after last

Nacional currently sit in 9th place, and Benfica triumphed in the first round where they won 2-1 at the Choupana with goals from Jonas and Salvio.

Action packed April awaits you!

Benfica return in early April once the International break is over. Estádio da Luz is set to receive Portugal as they continue their fight to qualify for the Euro 2016 in France against Serbia.

On 4th April Benfica will host Madeira team Nacional at 17:00 BST, which is then followed by two home games against Académica and league rivals FC Porto. Dates for the latter two are still to be confirmed.

Highlights: Rio Ave 2 - 1 Benfica

Watch highlights of Rio Ave vs Benfica. Salvio put the visitors ahead with a toe poke past Ederson early in the game after a great long pass from Pizzi. The hosts leveled the scoreline on the 74th minute from the penalty spot after Samaris' handball. Júlio César was inches away from saving Ukra's shot. Minutes later Luisâo was shown a straight red for a foul outside the area on Tiago Pinto, the Rio Ave player was through on goal. Forward Del Valle sentenced the game for 10-men Benfica with seconds left on the clock.


Jesus justifies red cards

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus held his usual pre-match press conference in Seixal where he previewed Saturday's game away to Rio Ave for the Portuguese Liga.

"Whenever Benfica play away the stadiums are full, and that's how it has been in the last few games. The "red wave", or Benfica supporters, are important for the club. They are an enormous strength and the players feel that confidence."

Rio Ave FC x SL Benfica squad list

Jorge Jesus' biggest selection surprise is Uruguayan player Jonathan Rodríguez making the cut.

The striker received the call after quality performances for the B team, especially against Portimonense where he scored a hat-trick.

His inclusion is also directly related to the suspended Gaitán, who will be forced to sit this game out.

Tickets still available for Rio Ave

Supporters who would like to push the team forward at Vila do Conde still have a chance to buy tickets.

Benfica travel north on Saturday to face Rio Ave and tickets are available between €15 to €30, which is now open non-members too and will be on sale until Friday evening or until they sell out.

Jorge Jesus has called for a training session this morning at 10:00 GMT which will take place behind closed doors.

Benfica have 3 days to prepare for this important away game, in a ground which is typically difficult to play in.

Highlights: Benfica 2 - 0 Braga

Jonas and Eliseu scored a goal on each half with placed shots from outside the area. In front of over 60,000 fans, Benfica worked hard for their comfortable win over 10-men Braga. Benfica increase the gap to second placed FC Porto by seven points with an extra game played. Continue to watch highlights.