Highlights: Moreirense 1 - 3 Benfica




Moreirense FC x SL Benfica Squad List

Gaitán misses out again as Jorge Jesus names his 18 match squad to travel to Moreira de Cónegas and face Moreirense for the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

The Argentine will not be risked and instead Gonçalo Guedes continues to receive the manager's support.

With Samaris suspended André Almeida or Cristante may be called to replace the Greek in the starting XI.

"With Samaris out the best placed players are Cristante and André Almeida." stated Jesus.

"Pizzi has been improving in both offensive and defensive plays. He is integrated with the team's ideas and strategies."




All eyes on Moreirense away

Jorge Jesus called the squad for another training session this morning at 10:00 at the Seixal Futebol Campus.

The reds are fully focused in keeping their gap with the rivals who play on Sunday and Monday.

Nico Gaitán is still not confirmed to feature as the Argentine continues to recover from an injury he suffered in Funchal on 18th January. The creative midfielder has since missed 6 games. The good news is that he has been training with the first team however may not be risked.




The aftermath of the Lisbon derby by 'Redpass'

Jardel's 94th minute goal against Sporting on Sunday 9th February at the Estádio José Alvalade still echoes in their nightmares. 

The shortlived 86th minute celebration, the 'olés', and their histerical/offensive banners have all but come back to haunt them in a way they fully deserve.

The exert below 'Learn to say Benfica' is translated in English from the well acclaimed Benfica blog Redpass, by JG on 12th February 2015.

"So, this will not stop anytime soon will it?

The derby has already come and gone, Benfica has returned to its reality which is to continue winning. The theme remains the same and Sporting have already cut ties with Benfica.




Comfortable win over Vitória de Setúbal with a Lima brace

Benfica repeated the mid-week result against Vitória de Setúbal, this time for the Liga, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Os Sadinos.

Jardel continued where he left off in the Liga and scored the opener with a well headed effort from Pizzi's corner. Lima added the second minutes before the half with a high placed ball from close range, the ball was a cross from Ola John and the dutchman received the benefit of doubt after a shoulder-to-shoulder barge with Pedro Queirós.




Benfica vs Vitória de Setúbal Squad List

Jorge Jesus has named his 18 player squad list ahead of this afternoon's Liga match between Benfica and Vitória de Setúbal. 

Italian midfielder Cristante has been left out with Rúben Amorim's return from injury, whilst youngster Gonçalo Guedes continues to receive confidence from the manager.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro López, Luisão, Jardel, André Almeida, Maxi Pereira and Eliseu

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Rúben Amorim, Salvio, Ola John, Gonçalo Guedes and Pizzi




Jorge Jesus previews Liga match against V. Setúbal

At the press conference in Seixal this afternoon, Jorge Jesus previewed Sunday's Liga match against Vitória de Setúbal in Estádio da Luz. Both sides met midweek in Lisbon for the League Cup semi-final.

"It's a game where both teams know more of each other. Benfica's objective is always the same, to win. V. Setúbal are an opponent who gave us problems in the first 30 minutes of the last game. We know there will be difficulties but Benfica have a lot of momentum when playing in their stadium."




Benfica share derby spoils

Benfica scored in the last second of the game through defender Jardel and come away from Alvalade with a share of the points against bitter rivals Sporting.

This vital draw keeps Portugal's third best team 7 points away from the leaders.

Despite having no chances on goal during the 90 minutes Jorge Jesus' side showed resilience and experience in keeping Marco Silva's men at bay.

Jorge Jesus was satisfied to leave with a point given the circumstances of the game as both teams cancelled each other out.




Lisbon derby magic moments!

As we warm up for tomorrow's crunch match away against our eternal reptilian foes, we've been reliving some epic derbies of the past. Let us know your best moments in the comments!

Pablo Aimar 2010

As Benfica thundered on in their title winning 2009/10 season, the home fixture to eternal rivals Sporting stuck out as a potential hazard. Sporting hadn't had a season to write home about, but then they rarely do. Nonetheless, a derby is always a derby. And no one would have loved to have taken it away from us more than Sporting. After a tense and goalless first half, finally Óscar "Tacuara" Cardozo diverted a driving cross from Fábio Coentrão into the Sporting goal on 68 minutes, to everyone's joy and relief. But the match was topped off by this sensational goal from Pablito himself.





Derby antics commence

This matchweek is the much anticipated Lisbon derby with Benfica travelling a couple of kilometres to Alvalade where they will play Sporting CP.

It would not be a derby without a heated build up between two and Sporting fans began by embarrassing themselves when they disfigured wall murals that celebrated Benfica's glorious history.

http://www.abola.pt/img/fotos/ABOLA2015/BENFICA/mural.jpg
In Campolide, Sporting fans forgot how to spell their own name...




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