Vitória weighs into refereeing debate

Rui Vitória

Benfica take on Braga at 'The Quarry' on Sunday night, needing three points to overhaul Porto at the top of the Liga NOS after the Dragons defeated Tondela on Friday. Rui Vitória is braced for a battle despite Braga's indifferent form under their new coach Jorge Simão. In the seven league games since his appointment, the Arsenalistas have triumphed just twice, and they are without a win in four league games.




Squad List: Braga x Benfica

Jonas has failed to recover from his neck injury in time for the trip to Braga. Ederson is banned after his expulsion against Arouca. The Eagles are still without Lisandro López (leg & knee) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen).

Andrija Živković returns after serving a European suspension against Dortmund. Pedro Pereira has been dropped.

Sunday's game at the Estádio Municipal de Braga kicks off at 20:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Rafa Silva and Cervi

Forwards: Raúl and Mitroglou




The Great Debate: Should Luisão be given a new contract as a player?

Luisão is one of the most experienced players in Europe, and one of the most recognisable figures in world football. On Tuesday night, he captained Benfica to a memorable Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund, just a day after his 36th birthday. In the process, he made history by becoming only the fourth player in Benfica’s history to reach 500th competitive appearances. With his contract set to expire in the summer, should the Eagles hand a new contract to their influential skipper? Jeff Viveiros and David Pritchett present the two sides of the debate.




Benfica pay homage to Luisão after historic 500th appearance

On Wednesday night, Benfica staged a gala event in their European Champions lounge to commemorate Luisão’s remarkable achievement of completing 500 competitive matches for the club. The Benfica captain was the guest of honour, accompanied by his wife and two daughters. Also in attendance was an array of treasured ex-players, including António Veloso, Nuno Gomes, Petit, Vítor Paneira and Shéu.




Benfiquistas around the globe: Manolis Giakoumakis




Coach and players react to dramatic Dortmund triumph

Benfica claimed a famous 1-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening, thanks to a combination of hard work, luck, and a sensational goalkeeping performance from Ederson. After the final whistle, Rui Vitória and his players shared their thoughts in front of the BTV cameras.




Match Report: Benfica 1 - 0 Borussia Dortmund

Benfica hosted Borussia Dortmund at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. The German side came into the game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to the Bundesliga’s bottom club, SV Darmstadt, whereas Benfica were buoyant after their 3-0 victory over Arouca.




Vitória reveals pride as Luisão prepares to join the 500 club

Benfica go head-to-head with German giants Borussia Dortmund in Lisbon tonight, in a mouth-watering Champions League round of 16 encounter. On the eve of the game, Rui Vitória faced the press at the Estádio da Luz, and was asked to analyse the principal strengths of Benfica’s illustrious opponents.




Squad List: Benfica x Borussia Dortmund

Rui Vitória has named a 21-man preliminary squad for the visit of Borussia Dortmund. Jonas has been included, but is a major doubt after missing training on Monday with neck pain. Andrija Živković serves a one-game suspension carried over from his time at Partizan Belgrade.

Lisandro López is still absent after colliding with the post against Moreirense in January. Álex Grimaldo has been removed from Benfica's European roster as he continues his rehabilitation from abdominal surgery.

Eduardo Salvio has recovered from his ankle injury, and January signing Pedro Pereira is included for the first time. If selected, Luisão will make his 500th competitive appearance for the club.

Tuesday's game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Filipe Augusto, André Horta, Carrillo, Pizzi, Salvio, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Mitroglou




Opinion: The lowdown on Borussia Dortmund

Benfica and Borussia Dortmund clash at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday night, in the first leg of their eagerly anticipated Champions League round of 16 tie. Ahead of the game, we spoke to Stefan Buczko, editor-in-chief and host of The Yellow Wall Podcast, to get the latest on Benfica's formidable opponents.




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