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"


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

Vitória: "We played a faultless group phase"

Benfica defeated Vitória de Guimarães for the second time in a week when the two sides met in the Taça CTT at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques on Tuesday evening. Rui Vitória made eight changes to his starting eleven, but history repeated itself as the Eagles ran out 2-0 winners, clinching a place in the semi-finals, where they will face Moreirense.

Highlights: V. Guimarães 0 - 2 Benfica (League Cup)