Benfica left to rue ten minutes of madness

Benfica suffered a chastening 4-2 defeat at the hands of Napoli on Wednesday night. The Eagles started brightly, but the Italians opened the scoring when captain Marek Hamsik headed home from a corner. Briefly after half-time came ten minutes of madness, as Dries Mertens (2) and Arkadiusz Milik punished some terrible defending from the visitors. Benfica then salvaged some pride with late goals from Gonçalo Guedes and Eduardo Salvio.




Vitória lauds Napoli's quality and style

Benfica return to Champions League action on Wednesday night, when they face Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. Maurizio Sarri's side are currently second in Serie A, and seventeenth in the UEFA rankings. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória was full of praise for the Italian outfit.




Squad List: Napoli x Benfica

SL Benfica have announced their 21-man squad for Wednesday's game against Napoli. Still out injured for Benfica are Rafa, Andreas Samaris, Jardel, Jonas and Raúl Jiménez.

Andrija Živković and Danilo were not registered for the group stages, and Danilo is currently injured. Eliseu returns to the squad, while 19-year old centre-back Rúben Dias will provide extra defensive cover.

The game will be at 19:45 at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples, and will be officiated by Felix Brych of Germany.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Celis

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes, Mitroglou and José Gomes




Opinion: The Lowdown on Napoli

Benfica continue their Champions League quest on Wednesday evening when they face Italian giants Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. The Napoli squad is packed with household names, including Pepe Reina, Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens, José Callejón and Arkadiusz Milik. In the build-up to the game, we talked to Massimiliano Gallo, editor of Il Napolista, to learn all about the Azzurri and their squad.




Pizzi: "We must salute the efforts of GD Chaves"

Benfica retained top spot in the Liga NOS with a 2-0 triumph over Chaves on Saturday evening. The home side were more than worthy opponents, hitting the post twice, and having a goal ruled out for offside. Kostas Mitroglou also had two goals disallowed - one incorrectly - before he glanced home the opener from an Álex Grimaldo free-kick.

Pizzi sealed the points in the dying minutes with a typically opportunistic strike, and after the match, he paid tribute to Benfica's plucky adversaries.




Highlights: Chaves 0 - 2 Benfica




Vitória: "We are not concerned with records"

Benfica take on newly-promoted Chaves on Saturday night, the only other unbeaten team in the Primeira Liga. The Eagles should be full of confidence having captured top spot in the Liga NOS last weekend, although nothing has changed for head coach Rui Vitória.




Squad List: Chaves x Benfica

Benfica have no new injuries to contend with ahead of their game with Chaves on Saturday evening. The Encarnados are still without Jardel, Danilo, Andreas Samaris, Rafa, Jonas and Raúl Jiménez.

Luka Jović and Eliseu have both been dropped, but Paulo Lopes has been included in Rui Vitória's preliminary 20-man squad.

The match at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves begins at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Celis, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Živković and Cervi

Forwards: Gonçalo Guedes, Mitroglou and José Gomes




Caixa Futebol Campus celebrates ten-year anniversary

Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Caixa Futebol Campus, Benfica's state-of-the-art training centre and youth academy. Over the past decade, the facility has produced a host of talented players, including Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes, Ivan Cavaleiro, João Cancelo, André Horta, José Gomes and Gonçalo Guedes.




Vitória: "We are far from the end of the race"

Benfica climbed to top spot in the Liga NOS with a 3-1 victory over Braga at the Estádio da Luz on Monday night. It was an eventful and entertaining affair, with multiple chances for both sides, but the Eagles prevailed thanks to a goal from Pizzi and a brace from Kostas Mitroglou on his return from injury. The result was entirely deserved, according to head coach Rui Vitória.




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