Jardel relieved to make injury comeback

Benfica booked their place in the Portuguese cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Real Sport Clube at the Estádio do Restelo on Wednesday night. Real offered some stubborn resistance in the first half, before Kostas Mitroglou broke the deadlock shortly after the break with a point-blank header from Andrija Živković's near-post corner. The Greek striker then doubled the Eagles' advantage from the penalty spot, after Gonçalo Guedes was felled in the box. Raúl Jiménez added a third to continue his fine goalscoring form, netting just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Squad List: Real Sport Clube x Benfica

There is a relatively unfamiliar look to Benfica's squad ahead of tonight's Portuguese cup clash with Real Sport Clube. Long-term absentees Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and André Horta (thigh) are joined on the sidelines by Eduardo Salvio, who dislocated his right shoulder against Sporting, and Júlio César, who bruised his right shoulder in training.

Jonas is no longer on the injury list, but was not deemed fit enough to participate. Ljubomir Fejsa and Rafa Silva are rested, while 19-year old left-back Yuri Ribeiro and 18-year old striker Luka Jović have both been promoted from Benfica B. Guillermo Celis also returns.

The game at Belenenses' Estádio do Restelo gets underway at 19:00 Portuguese time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelof, Jardel, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro

Midfielders: Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Celis and Danilo

Fowards: Raúl, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and Jović

Vitória will make changes but will not underestimate Real Sport Clube

Benfica make the short trip to Belenenses’ Estádio do Restelo tonight, where they will face Real Sport Clube in the fifth round of the Portuguese cup. Real are currently top of Group G in the Campeanato de Portugal, the third tier of the Portuguese football pyramid. To reach this stage, the Queluz-based outfit have eliminated Rabo de Peixe, São Martinho, Arouca and Olhanense. Rui Vitória has warned his players not to underestimate a team that has only conceded four times and lost just once in thirteen league games this season.

Vitória and Guedes respond to morale-boosting victory

Benfica reached the fifth round of the Portuguese Cup on Saturday after beating Marítimo at home with a conclusive 6-0 win. Cervi, Pizzi, Mitroglou (2), Raúl Jimenez (penalty) and wonderkid Gonçalo Guedes all got themselves on the scoresheet, helping the Reds to reach the next stage of the competition in style. Benfica will discover the identity of their next opponents this Thursday at 15:00.

Highlights: Benfica 6 - 0 Marítimo

Squad List: Benfica x Marítimo

Rafa Silva returns to the squad after recovering from the thigh strain that he sustained on his debut against Arouca. He could make his home debut tonight, along with Brazilian midfielder Danilo. Luisão is also fit after limping out of the Clássico a fortnight ago.

Álex Grimaldo (abdominal strain), André Horta (right thigh strain), Ljubomir Fejsa (left ankle sprain) and Jonas (right foot haematoma) are all unavailable. Jardel does not appear on the long-term injury list, but is still not fit enough for selection.

Saturday's match kicks off at 20:15 at the Estádio da Luz, with a place in the Portuguese Cup fifth round at stake.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, Pizzi, Cervi, Salvio, Carrillo, Živković, Danilo, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes

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.