Opinion: What a European Super League would mean for Benfica

Rumours continue to swirl about the formation of a European Super League. But what would this actually involve, and what would it mean for a club like Benfica? Jordan Russell investigates.




Benfiquistas around the globe: Cintia Mota




International Preview: Ten first-team regulars on international duty

Ten first-team regulars have joined up with their respective national teams ahead of another round of World Cup qualifiers. Benfica fans will be hoping that all ten avoid injury ahead of the crucial Clássico on April 1st. Read on for a rundown of who is playing when.




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.




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