International Roundup: Six players on the scoresheet

Haris seferović

Despite a number of injury-enforced withdrawals, there were plenty of Benfica stars in international action this week, and no fewer than six got themselves on the scoresheet. Read on to find out how each player fared while representing their country.




Squad List: Benfica x Portimonense

The Benfica squad has been boosted by the addition of new signing Gabriel Barbosa, and the return from injury of Álex Grimaldo and Eduardo Salvio. Jardel is absent due to the right thigh injury he sustained at Rio Ave; the Brazilian defender is replaced by Rúben Dias.

Ljubomir Fejsa remains sidelined by a right leg injury, while Paulo Lopes, Chris Willock, João Carvalho and Diogo Gonçalves have all been dropped. Loan signing Douglas has not been included. 

Friday night's match at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Rúben Dias, Eliseu and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Pizzi, Krovinović, Salvio, Cervi, Živković and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa, Seferović and Raúl




Opinion: What Gabriel Barbosa will bring to Benfica

Gabriel Barbosa

Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa arrived at Benfica on transfer deadline day, looking to reignite his career after a disappointing first year in Europe with Inter Milan. The former Santos starlet has joined the Eagles on a season-long loan, and the deal includes a €25 million purchase option. So what should the Benfica fans expect from the player affectionately known as "Gabigol"? We asked South American and Italian football expert Jordan Russell.




International Preview: Injury curse continues to haunt Benfica

Pizzi

Domestic football pauses for another international break this week, and as usual, a raft of Benfica stars have been called up to represent their respective national teams. However, three senior players have already been ruled out due to injury. Read on to find out who will be travelling and who will be staying in Lisbon.




Highlights: Rio Ave 1 - 1 Benfica




Squad List: Rio Ave x Benfica

Rui Vitória has rung the changes for Saturday's visit to in-form Rio Ave. Júlio César, Andrija Zivković and Filip Krovinović return from injury, while Andreas Samaris is back after serving his four-match suspension.

Martin Chrien and Aurélio Buta have both been dropped, with the latter linked with a loan move away from the club. André Almeida has shaken off a knock picked up against former club Belenenses, but Eduardo Salvio has been ruled out with a right knee injury. He joins Álex Grimaldo (right leg), Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh) on the sidelines.

Saturday's top-of-the-table clash at the Estádio dos Arcos begins at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Krovinović, Pizzi, Willock, Cervi, João Carvalho, Diogo Gonçalves, Živković and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Champions League draw yields reunion with Mourinho, Lindelöf and Matić

Victor lindelöf

Benfica’s 2017/18 UEFA Champions League opponents have been revealed after the group stage draw was held in Monaco on Thursday. The Encarnados were drawn in Group A alongside three-time European Cup winners and last season’s Europa League victors Manchester United, Swiss champions FC Basel, and Russian Premier League runners-up CSKA Moscow.




Highlights: Benfica 5 - 0 Belenenses




Squad List: Benfica x Belenenses

Rui Vitória has made three changes to the squad he selected for Monday night's win over Chaves. Rúben Dias has been dropped, but Aurélio Buta has been recalled. Ljubomir Fejsa has been ruled out with a right leg injury and Andreas Samaris is serving the final game of his four-match suspension, so Filipe Augusto or André Almeida should start in midfield.

Also in the treatment room are Júlio César (left leg), Álex Grimaldo (right leg), Andrija Zivković (right thigh) and Kostas Mitroglou (left thigh). Filip Krovinović is still recovering from hernia surgery. André Carrillo and André Horta are both absent, and are expected to depart the club on loan in the coming days.

Saturday's match at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 20:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Aurélio Buta

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Willock, Chrien, Diogo Gonçalves, João Carvalho and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Highlights: Chaves 0 - 1 Benfica




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