Renato Sanches wins 2016 Golden Boy award

Former Benfica starlet Renato Sanches has been chosen by Italian publication Tuttosport to receive the prestigious Golden Boy award, an annual prize bestowed upon the best player under the age of 21 in the whole of Europe. Filipe Amante tells us more.

Records tumble as Belenenses are swept aside

Mitroglou and Lindelof

Benfica dispatched Beleneneses 2-0 with a superb display of attacking football at the Estádio do Restelo on Sunday night. Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring with a bullet header from Pizzi's 10th minute corner, his sixth goal in three games against Belenenses. The Eagles had plenty of chances to double their lead, but had to wait almost an hour for the second. Álex Grimaldo ran on to Gonçalo Guedes' clever reverse pass and drilled a low shot past Manchester United loanee Joel Pereira.

Highlights: Belenenses 0 - 2 Benfica

Vitória: "Luisão has an exemplary attitude"

Benfica do battle with Belenenses at the Estádio do Restelo on Sunday night, knowing that a win would take them three points clear of Porto, and five ahead of Sporting at the top of the Liga NOS. Belenenses, under the guidance of experienced Portuguese coach Quim Machado, are currently 13th in the table.

Squad List: Belenenses x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man squad for Matchday 8 of the Liga NOS. Jardel, André Horta, Andreas Samaris and Guillermo Celis are not on the long-term injury list, but have not been selected.

Jonas and Rafa are still out with foot and thigh injuries, respectively. André Almeida returns to the squad after recovering from a knee sprain.

Sunday's game takes place at the Estádio do Restelo, at 20:15 Portuguese time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Carrillo, Zivkovic, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Danilo

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes

Vitória, Salvio and Luisão reflect on Kyiv triumph

Benfica in Kyiv

Benfica returned to winning ways in the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night. Eduardo Salvio opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 9th minute, after Gonçalo Guedes was tripped in the box by Dynamo's Portuguese fullback Antunes.

Pizzi and Vitória preview vital Kyiv clash


Benfica take on Dynamo Kyiv at Ukraine’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, knowing that a positive result is required after a 1-1 draw with Beşiktaş, and a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Napoli. Rui Vitória is only too aware of the challenge that will be posed by an experienced and settled Dynamo side.

Opinion: The lowdown on Dynamo Kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

After gleaning just a point from their opening two group matches, Benfica face back-to-back games with Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kyiv, knowing that their Champions League survival hangs in the balance. Ahead of Wednesday night's crucial fixture in Kyiv, we learned more about Benfica's opponents from Steven Kalkan, of the Ukrainian football newsfeed Futbol Ukraine.

Squad List: Dynamo Kyiv x Benfica

On Wednesday, Benfica will face Dynamo Kyiv on Matchday 3 of the Champions League group stage. Rui Vitória today announced the 21-man squad that will be heading to Kyiv for the game. Several players have returned from injury, namely Júlio César, Raúl, Jardel, Samaris and Grimaldo.

Still out injured are André Almeida (left knee sprain), Jonas (hematoma in the right foot), André Horta and Rafa (both have a strained muscle in the right thigh).

The game will be played at 19:45 Portuguese time at the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Eliseu, Jardel and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and José Gomes

Vitória wants more from his fringe players

Following Benfica’s challenging victory over 1.º Dezembro in the third round of the Portuguese Cup, head coach Rui Vitória conceded that his side’s performance was not up to expectations, but praised the attitude of their Sintra-based opponents.