Vitória and Almeida highlight Benfica's team spirit

SL Benfica confirmed their presence in the semi-finals of the Portuguese cup by beating Leixões SC by the convincing scoreline of 6-2 on Wednesday night. Afterwards, head coach Rui Vitória shared his thoughts on the game.

"Our goal was to reach the semi-finals and we were able to do this deservedly, despite the considerable difficulties that Leixões put us through. After the first goal it got a bit easier. It was a clear and deserved win."




Match Report: Benfica 6 - 2 Leixões

On Wednesday January 18th 2017, SL Benfica hosted Leixões at the Estádio da Luz at the quarter-final stage of the Taça de Portugal. Rui Vitória started the following eleven players: Júlio César, Nélson Semedo, Lisandro, Jardel, André Almeida, Samaris, Pizzi, Carillo, Živković, Jonas and Mitroglou.




Highlights: Benfica 6 - 2 Leixões




Squad List: Benfica x Leixões

Eliseu has returned to the Benfica squad after almost two months out with a thigh complaint. Branimir Kalaica has been promoted from Benfica B, but the Eagles are still without Guillermo Celis (knee), Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh) and Raúl Jiménez (groin). Victor Lindelöf and Eduardo Salvio have both been omitted.

Álex Grimaldo successfully underwent abdominal surgery in Madrid yesterday and could be back in as little as six weeks.

Benfica versus Leixões gets underway at the Estádio da Luz at 20:30 tonight, with a place in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals at stake.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Pizzi, Zivkovic, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Danilo

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Vitória expecting no favours from Segunda Liga Leixões

Rui Vitória

Benfica take on Leixões at the Estádio da Luz tonight, in the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals. The reward for the winner is a semi-final tie against Estoril, who beat Académica yesterday. Speaking ahead of the game, Rui Vitória made it abundantly clear that the tournament is a major priority for the Eagles.




Taarabt given a fresh start by Genoa

Adel Taarabt

On Sunday 8th January, it was reported that Adel Taarabt had joined Serie A side Genoa CFC on an eighteen month loan deal. After undergoing medical examinations and finalising his contract, Taarabt was introduced to the media as a Genoa player last Thursday.




Vitória: "We displayed a reaction worthy of champions"

Rui Vitória

It was an afternoon to remember: a packed Estádio da Luz welcomed the 15 millionth supporter through its gates since its official opening in 2003, and the atmosphere was absolutely thrilling. After a series of convincing displays, and with the lethal fans' favourite Jonas getting back into the groove, Boavista seemed like easy prey for the Eagles.




Highlights: Benfica 3 - 3 Boavista




Vitória not expecting Boavista to "park the bus"

Boavista

Benfica meet Boavista at the Estádio da Luz on Saturday afternoon. The 2000/01 Primeira Liga champions are not quite the force they once were, but Rui Vitória is still wary of a side that have taken seven points from their last three league games, conceding just once in the process.




Squad List: Benfica x Boavista

Benfica are without five players ahead of Boavista's visit to the Estádio da Luz on Saturday afternoon. Álex Grimaldo is set to undergo surgery on his abdominal injury and should be sidelined for the next few months.

Rui Vitória is also unable to call upon Eliseu (thigh), Guillermo Celis (knee), Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh) and Raúl Jiménez (groin). Yuri Ribeiro has returned to the Benfica B squad.

Saturday's match gets underway at 16:00 in Lisbon.

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 Danilo

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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