Highlights: Paços de Ferreira 0 - 0 Benfica




Squad List: Paços de Ferreira x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named an unchanged 20-man squad for the trip to Paços de Ferreira this weekend.

Ljubomir Fejsa (ankle), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Filipe Augusto (ankle) remain the three players on the injury list. Nélson Semedo has recovered from the last-minute knee injury that prevented him from playing against Belenenses. Lisandro López is still out of the first team picture.

Saturday’s game begins at 20:30 at the Estádio da Mata Real.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel, Hermes, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Vitória: "We are all together in this fight!"

Rui Vitória

Benfica produced the perfect response to their Champions League exit with a morale-boosting 4-0 victory over Belenenses on Monday evening. André Almeida opened the scoring in the 11th minute, seizing on an error from Benfica youth product Miguel Rosa. Kostas Mitroglou and Eduardo Salvio increased the Eagles' lead in the second half, with both players finding the net from outside the box. Jonas celebrated his return to the starting eleven with a late fourth, although Mitroglou looked to be offside in the build-up.




Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Belenenses




Vitória expecting a positive reaction after Champions League exit

Benfica welcome Belenenses to the Estádio da Luz on Monday night, with the Eagles needing all three points to overhaul Porto at the top of the Liga NOS. Quim Machado's team are in excellent form, having picked up three wins and three draws from their previous six games. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória promised that Benfica would show no ill-effects of their 4-0 drubbing by Borussia Dortmund.




Squad List: Benfica x Belenenses

Ljubomir Fejsa is absent for a fifth consecutive match due to a sprained left ankle, and Filipe Augusto misses his third successive game with a right ankle sprain. Álex Grimaldo is still sidelined after abdominal surgery, but may return for April's Clássico.

Paulo Lopes and Pedro Pereira drop out of the squad, while Marcelo Hermes comes in. Lisandro López remains out of favour.

Monday night's game kicks off at 20:00 at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelof, Eliseu, Jardel, Hermes, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Vitória, Semedo and Pizzi dissect Dortmund defeat

Benfica exited the Champions League at the round of 16 stage on Wednesday night, with a 4-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion. The home side took just four minutes to cancel out the Eagles' first leg advantage, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rose to meet Christian Pulisic's flick-on from an Ousmane Dembélé corner. After a nervy opening, Benfica held their own for the remainder of the first half, and Dembélé was incredibly lucky to avoid a second yellow card for a late challenge on Eliseu.




Vitória and Samaris preview Dortmund showdown

Benfica play Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion tonight, with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on offer to the aggregate victor. Benfica have a 1-0 lead to defend from the first leg, but Dortmund are in sparkling form, having defeated Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. In his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória was asked whether his tactical approach would differ at all from the teams’ previous meeting.




Opinion: News and views from the Dortmund camp

Borussia Dortmund

Benfica and Borussia Dortmund do battle at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday night, in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie. Ahead of the match, we got the inside story on Dortmund's preparations from Stefan Buczko, editor-in-chief and host of The Yellow Wall Podcast.




Squad List: Borussia Dortmund x Benfica

Benfica have taken 22 players to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund. Ljubomir Fejsa has failed to recover from his left ankle sprain, dealing a massive blow to the Eagles' hopes. By contrast, Filipe Augusto has recovered from his right ankle sprain, some two weeks earlier than expected.

Álex Grimaldo is injured (abdomen) and no longer registered for the Champions League. Andrija Živković could make his Champions League debut for Benfica after serving a one-match European ban. Jonas missed the first leg with a neck injury, but looks set to be involved tomorrow. Nélson Semedo is well-rested after serving a domestic ban at the weekend.

Wednesday's match at the Westfalenstadion is scheduled for 19:45 UK and Portuguese time, and will be officiated by English referee Martin Atkinson.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Pedro Pereira, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas and Mitroglou




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