Squad List: Vitória de Setúbal x Benfica

Ljubomir Fejsa and Kostas Mitroglou are fit enough to take their places in Benfica's preliminary squad for the league clash with Vitória de Setúbal.

Eduardo Salvio is unavailable with a sprained ankle. Lisandro López is out injured after clattering into the post against Moreirense in midweek. Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and André Horta (ribs) are sidelined.

Monday's game at the Estádio do Bonfim kicks off at 20:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Jović




Vitória laments poor finishing and lack of focus

Rui Vitória

The second semi-final match of the 2016/17 Portuguese League Cup finished with a surprising 3-1 victory for Moreirense at the Estádio Algarve, with the Northern minnows beating Benfica for the first time in their history to reach the final of the competition. The Encarnados reached half-time with a 1-0 lead but had a disastrous second half, conceding three goals and hitting the post on a couple of occasions in the pouring rain.




Highlights: Moreirense 3 - 1 Benfica




Guedes clinches Paris Saint-Germain transfer

Gonçalo Guedes

Gonçalo Guedes has sealed his big-money move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The 20-year old forward arrived in the French capital on Tuesday evening, before passing his medical on Wednesday morning. He has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, which ties him to Les Parisiens until June 30th 2021.




Vitória rejects favourites tag ahead of League Cup clash

Rui Vitória

Benfica have travelled to the Algarve to compete in the 'Final Four' of the Taça CTT. In the competition's new format, both semi-finals will be played at the neutral Estádio Algarve this week, with the final set to follow at the same stadium on Sunday evening. If Benfica can overcome Moreirense on Thursday night, they will face either Braga or Vitória de Setúbal in the tournament's decider.




Squad List: Moreirense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has taken 22 players to the Algarve for the semi-final of the League Cup.

Kostas Mitroglou (fatigue) misses out, along with Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), André Horta (ribs) and Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh). Marcelo Hermes has been called up for the first time, while Eliseu and Raúl both return. Luka Jović has been promoted from Benfica B to provide backup to Raúl and Jonas.

The action at the Estádio Algarve begins at 20:45 on Thursday night.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Jović




Pizzi and Ederson ink contract extensions

Pizzi

Pizzi and Ederson have reaffirmed their commitment to Benfica by signing new deals with the club. The Portuguese midfielder, 27, has extended his contract until 2022, and the Brazilian goalkeeper, 23, has renewed until 2023. Pizzi's minimum fee release clause has been increased to €45 million, while Ederson's is now €60 million.




Vitória and Pizzi reflect on Tondela triumph

Rui Vitória

On Sunday, over 56,000 fans gathered in the stands of the Catedral on a sunny but crisp winter afternoon to see Benfica defeat underdogs Tondela, with goals from Pizzi (2), Rafa Silva and Jonas. Despite the convincing 4-0 scoreline, the Reds faced some difficulties, especially in the first half, when the visitors managed to keep them at bay with a neat and efficient defensive display.




Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Tondela




Squad List: Benfica x Tondela

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man preliminary squad for the visit of Tondela this weekend. Victor Lindelöf and Eduardo Salvio are back after being rested against Leixões in midweek, while Branimir Kalaica returns to Benfica B.

Eliseu and Raúl Jiménez are both absent, despite not featuring on the official injury list. Danilo has travelled to Belgium to seal his switch to Standard Liège, and is replaced by Guillermo Celis, who has recovered from his knee injury. Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) remain sidelined.

Sunday’s game at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 16:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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