Vitória and Almeida highlight Benfica's team spirit

SL Benfica confirmed their presence in the semi-finals of the Portuguese cup by beating Leixões SC by the convincing scoreline of 6-2 on Wednesday night. Afterwards, head coach Rui Vitória shared his thoughts on the game.

"Our goal was to reach the semi-finals and we were able to do this deservedly, despite the considerable difficulties that Leixões put us through. After the first goal it got a bit easier. It was a clear and deserved win."




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.




Jardel relieved to make injury comeback

Benfica booked their place in the Portuguese cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Real Sport Clube at the Estádio do Restelo on Wednesday night. Real offered some stubborn resistance in the first half, before Kostas Mitroglou broke the deadlock shortly after the break with a point-blank header from Andrija Živković's near-post corner. The Greek striker then doubled the Eagles' advantage from the penalty spot, after Gonçalo Guedes was felled in the box. Raúl Jiménez added a third to continue his fine goalscoring form, netting just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.




Squad List: Real Sport Clube x Benfica

There is a relatively unfamiliar look to Benfica's squad ahead of tonight's Portuguese cup clash with Real Sport Clube. Long-term absentees Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and André Horta (thigh) are joined on the sidelines by Eduardo Salvio, who dislocated his right shoulder against Sporting, and Júlio César, who bruised his right shoulder in training.

Jonas is no longer on the injury list, but was not deemed fit enough to participate. Ljubomir Fejsa and Rafa Silva are rested, while 19-year old left-back Yuri Ribeiro and 18-year old striker Luka Jović have both been promoted from Benfica B. Guillermo Celis also returns.

The game at Belenenses' Estádio do Restelo gets underway at 19:00 Portuguese time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

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

Midfielders: Samaris, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Cervi, Celis and Danilo

Fowards: Raúl, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and Jović




Vitória will make changes but will not underestimate Real Sport Clube

Benfica make the short trip to Belenenses’ Estádio do Restelo tonight, where they will face Real Sport Clube in the fifth round of the Portuguese cup. Real are currently top of Group G in the Campeanato de Portugal, the third tier of the Portuguese football pyramid. To reach this stage, the Queluz-based outfit have eliminated Rabo de Peixe, São Martinho, Arouca and Olhanense. Rui Vitória has warned his players not to underestimate a team that has only conceded four times and lost just once in thirteen league games this season.




Vitória and Guedes respond to morale-boosting victory

Benfica reached the fifth round of the Portuguese Cup on Saturday after beating Marítimo at home with a conclusive 6-0 win. Cervi, Pizzi, Mitroglou (2), Raúl Jimenez (penalty) and wonderkid Gonçalo Guedes all got themselves on the scoresheet, helping the Reds to reach the next stage of the competition in style. Benfica will discover the identity of their next opponents this Thursday at 15:00.




Highlights: Benfica 6 - 0 Marítimo




Squad List: Benfica x Marítimo

Rafa Silva returns to the squad after recovering from the thigh strain that he sustained on his debut against Arouca. He could make his home debut tonight, along with Brazilian midfielder Danilo. Luisão is also fit after limping out of the Clássico a fortnight ago.

Álex Grimaldo (abdominal strain), André Horta (right thigh strain), Ljubomir Fejsa (left ankle sprain) and Jonas (right foot haematoma) are all unavailable. Jardel does not appear on the long-term injury list, but is still not fit enough for selection.

Saturday's match kicks off at 20:15 at the Estádio da Luz, with a place in the Portuguese Cup fifth round at stake.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Raúl, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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