Vitória laments poor finishing and lack of focus

Rui Vitória

The second semi-final match of the 2016/17 Portuguese League Cup finished with a surprising 3-1 victory for Moreirense at the Estádio Algarve, with the Northern minnows beating Benfica for the first time in their history to reach the final of the competition. The Encarnados reached half-time with a 1-0 lead but had a disastrous second half, conceding three goals and hitting the post on a couple of occasions in the pouring rain.




Highlights: Moreirense 3 - 1 Benfica




Vitória rejects favourites tag ahead of League Cup clash

Rui Vitória

Benfica have travelled to the Algarve to compete in the 'Final Four' of the Taça CTT. In the competition's new format, both semi-finals will be played at the neutral Estádio Algarve this week, with the final set to follow at the same stadium on Sunday evening. If Benfica can overcome Moreirense on Thursday night, they will face either Braga or Vitória de Setúbal in the tournament's decider.




Squad List: Moreirense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has taken 22 players to the Algarve for the semi-final of the League Cup.

Kostas Mitroglou (fatigue) misses out, along with Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), André Horta (ribs) and Ljubomir Fejsa (thigh). Marcelo Hermes has been called up for the first time, while Eliseu and Raúl both return. Luka Jović has been promoted from Benfica B to provide backup to Raúl and Jonas.

The action at the Estádio Algarve begins at 20:45 on Thursday night.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Celis

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Jović




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)




Vitória unconcerned by fixture congestion

Rui Vitória

Same opponents, same stadium, different competition. On Tuesday night, Benfica return to the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques to face Vitória de Guimarães for the second time in the space of four days. This time, the prize at stake is a place in the semi-finals of the Taça CTT. The northerners need a win to progress, while a draw would suffice for Benfica.




Squad List: Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica

Rui Vitória has made just one change to his squad ahead of Benfica's League Cup clash with Vitória de Guimarães. Ljubomir Fejsa limped out of Saturday's game with the same opponents, and is replaced by left-back Yuri Ribeiro, who featured in Benfica B's 3-2 triumph over Vitória de Guimarães B on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles are still without Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Guillermo Celis (knee) and Raúl Jiménez (groin).

Tuesday's match at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques commences at 21:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, André Almeida, Yuri Ribeiro and Nélson Semedo

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

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Vizela




Squad List: Benfica x Vizela

Rui Vitória has named a heavily rotated squad for tonight’s League Cup clash with second division Vizela. Branimir Kalaica, Yuri Ribeiro and Luka Jović have been promoted from the B squad, while Luisão, Victor Lindelöf, Ljubomir Fejsa and Franco Cervi have all been rested.

Júlio César (shoulder), Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Eduardo Salvio (shoulder) and Raúl Jiménez (groin) are currently unavailable through injury. Pizzi returns after serving his one-match suspension, and Danilo gets a rare call-up.

The game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Kalaica, Jardel, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Celis and Danilo

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and Jović




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