Vitória highlights Marítimo's defensive unity


Benfica welcome Marítimo to the Estádio da Luz on Saturday night for the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup. The Madeiran side are having a decent season under new coach Daniel Ramos. They have the third best defensive record in the Liga NOS this term, as Rui Vitória alluded to in his pre-match press conference.

Vitória wants more from his fringe players

Following Benfica’s challenging victory over 1.º Dezembro in the third round of the Portuguese Cup, head coach Rui Vitória conceded that his side’s performance was not up to expectations, but praised the attitude of their Sintra-based opponents.

Luisão: "We had the humility to fight for the 90 minutes"

Benfica kicked off their Portuguese Cup campaign on Friday evening with a difficult 2-1 win over Sociedade União 1º de Dezembro, thanks to a last minute header from Luisão. The Eagles took the lead in the 50th minute after Lisandro López found Danilo on the edge of the area, and the Brazilian darted past the defence, finishing with a low strike to the left corner.

Vitória: "Benfica enter every competition to win"

Rui Vitoria

Benfica begin their Portuguese Cup campaign tonight against Sociedade União 1º de Dezembro. The Eagles' opponents hail from Sintra, but their stadium can only accommodate 1,000 spectators and has an artificial pitch, so the game will be played in Estoril.

Squad List: SU 1° de Dezembro x Benfica

Rui Vitória has called up 20 players for the 3rd round of the Taça de Portugal versus Sociedade União 1° de Dezembro.

Still out with injury are Júlio César (acute lower back pain), Jonas (hematoma of the right foot), Jardel (muscle strain in the back of the left thigh), Raúl Jiménez (left knee sprain with internal lateral ligament injury), Andreas Samaris (left ankle sprain), Rafa Silva and André Horta (both have a muscle strain in the back of the right thigh).

The game will be played tomorrow, Friday 14th October, at 20:15 at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota in Estoril.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Kalaica and Eliseu

Midfielders: Fejsa, Celis, Danilo, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi and Cervi

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes, Mitroglou, Jović and Zé Gomes

Vitória attacks refereeing decisions

Following Benfica’s Portuguese Cup defeat to Sporting – their third consecutive loss against their bitter rivals – head coach Rui Vitória argued that refereeing blunders had cost his side the game.

“I will start at the end and say that there was a stone-wall penalty. I have to react, because in three games with Sporting we’ve had three big penalty shouts and none given.  This has to stop!”

Highlights: Sporting 2 - 1 Benfica (AET)

Sporting x Benfica : Taça Pre-Match Press


The coach of the football team of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Rui Vitória, launched this Friday, in the press room at the Stadium of Light, the derby regarding the 4th round of the Portugal Cup.

In case of victory, Rui Vitória will be the first Portuguese manager to achieve a win for Benfica. 

"I'm always confident, but I'm not worried about being the first Portuguese to win in Alvalade for Benfica in the Taça competition. Sporting are a tough opponent that we respect but we believe in our quality, our size and we want to win, " he began by stating.

Taça de Portugal 4th Round draw

Benfica was handed a tough draw in the 4th Round of the Portuguese Cup against Sporting CP on the weekend of 21/22 November.

This will be the second Lisbon derby against former Benfica manager Jorge Jesus in the space for 4 weeks as Rui Vitoria's men meet Sporting in Estádio da Luz for the Liga on Sunday 25th October.



Benfica - Vianense post match quotes


Benfica managed a last minute win against Vianense in the 3rd round of the Taça, with the goals coming from Carcela and Jardel. Rui Vitória spoke to the media after the game, highlighting the positives and negatives of the play. 

"First of all, there is satisfaction to have won. We found some difficulties with the game, mainly because Vianense had a wonderful goal, with one of two shots on goal. That is why the Taça is beautiful and so interesting. We had several chances and we should have finished the game earlier. We were not realizing the opportunities that we were creating and we were giving oxygen to the opponent who was surviving. I give congratulations to Vianense, who fought well and made it difficult for us. We won and there was justice because we were the team that created more and so we deserved and had to win," Vitória began by saying.