Youngsters miss out on the Final Four

Benfica's youth team went out on penalties against Shakhtar and failed to make the Final Four in Nyon for the UEFA Youth League.

João Carvalho put the reds ahead on the 41st minute after complete domination in the first half.

Romário Baldé wasted a great opportunity to convert the penalty which would have seen João Trolhão's men two ahead, however his artistic effort was easily gathered by the Ukrainian keeper.

Shakhtar then equalised and forced the match into penalties, which they won by 5-4.

Benfica's president left a vote of confidence for the youngsters:

Benfica aim for semi-final in UEFA Youth League

The Benfica youth team is aiming to repeat last year's feat and reach the last 4 of the competition. They could be the only surviving team in respect to last season if they are able to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home.

João Tralhão, the manager, gave his views to Benfica TV and stated they are wary of the Ukrainian's side's potential.

"This is another difficult game, similar to what we have been dealing with so far in this competition where the teams are very well balanced."

Benfica youths through to quarter-finals

Benfica beat Liverpool this afternoon 2-1 at the Caixa Futebol Campus in Seixal, south of Lisbon.

The UEFA Youth League match saw English giants Liverpool travel to Portugal for the one legged round, which gave slight advantage to the home side but deservedly so as they topped their group.

Benfica took the lead through Hildeberto Pereira who was a menace throughout the game. Liverpool's Sergi Canós equalised within 2 minutes and the game was open for the winner.

Benfica in action against Liverpool in UEFA Youth League

While the senior squad have already said their goodbyes to Europe, the UEFA Youth League is very much alive for the youngsters who did extremely well to top Group C qualify for the knowckout stages.

Benfica will now face Liverpool, who finished second in their group behind Real Madrid only to goal difference, at the Seixal academy today at 15:00 local time.

Manager João Tralhão stated the reds must respect the Merseyside side and fight for the victory.

Benfica handed tough Liverpool test in UEFA Youth League

Despite the senior team not qualifying from the UEFA Champions League Group C, the youth team topped their group with 13 points, three above second placed Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia

In the Round of 16 Benfica were drawn with Liverpool (UK) who finished second behind Real Madrid in Group B.

Benfica's training complex Caixa Futebol Campus will host the one-legged match in mid-February 2015 where the winners will face either Shakthar Donetsk (UKR) or Olympiakos (GRE) in the Quarter-Final.