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Benfica enter the Europa League draw - 15 December 2013

After finishing in third place in Group C of the Champions League, Benfica have a second chance at a European trophy as they drop down to the Europa League.

The Last 32 and 16 draw is made tomorrow in Nyon, Switzerland, and is set to commence at 12:00 GMT where the Lisbon side is seeded. The ties are set to be played on 20 / 27 February and 13 / 20 March respectively.

The possible opponents Benfica could face in the next round are listed below. Facing FC Porto would only be a possibility in the Last 16 should Benfica make it through.

Swansea City AFC (ENG, Group A)
FC Chornomorets Odesa (UKR, B )
Esbjerg fB (DEN, C)
NK Maribor (SVN, D)
FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR, E)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR, F)
FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR, G)
FC Slovan Liberec (CZE, H)
Real Betis Balompié (ESP, I)
SS Lazio (ITA, J)
FC Anji Makhachkala (RUS, K)
PAOK FC (GRE, L)
AFC Ajax (NED)*
Juventus (ITA)*
FC Porto (POR)*
FC Viktoria Plzen (CZE)

*Transferred from the UEFA Champions League

Road to Turin
Quarter-finals: Draw 21 March, matches 3 & 10 April
Semi-finals: Draw 11 April, matches 24 April & 1 May
Final: Wednesday 14 May, Juventus Arena

> Also read:
Draw preview from UEFA.com




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Report: SC Olhanense 2 - 3 SL Benfica - 15 December 2013


Liga Zon Sagres Matchweek 13 | Kick-off 18:15 GMT

SC OLHANENSE

SL BENFICA

SC Olhanense Logo

2 - 3

SL Benfica Logo
7' F. Dionisi 19' Lima
31' Regula 37' Matic
46' Sulejmani


Statistics
Possession Shots (on target) Corners Offsides Fouls Yellows (reds)
49% | 51% 6(3) | 12(5) 1 | 2 1 | 7 23 | 9 2(0) | 0(0)


Date: Sunday 15th December 2013, 18:15 GMT PT/UK (19:15 CET)
Venue: Estádio do Algarve, Loulé
Competition: Liga Zon Sagres, Jornada 13
Referee: Vasco Santos (A.F. Porto)
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Freitas and Ludovico Franco
Fourth Referee:
Attendance: -
Weather: Clear 16°C - Humidity: 63% Wind: W 8mp/h @ 17:30 GMT
TV: Sport TV

OLHANENSE - Vid Belec; Mladen, Diakhité, Kroldrup, Coubrounne, Pelé, Celestino (Bigazzi 60'), Balogun, Regula (Francis Koné 77'), Dionisi and Mehmeti
Subs: Ricardo, R. Ferreira, Vítor Bastos, João Ribeiro, Mirko Bigazzi, M. Mendes, Francis Koné
Coach: Paulo Alves

BENFICA - Artur (Oblak 68'); Maxi Pereira, Luisão (c), Garay and Sílvio; Fejsa, Matic, Ivan Cavaleiro (Sulejmani 46') and Gaitán; Rodrigo (Ola John 58') and Lima
Subs: Jan Oblak, Jardel, André Gomes, Sulejmani, Ola John, Djuricic and Funes Mori
Coach: Jorge Jesus

Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Pelé (22') and Diakhité (80')

Highlights: -
Photos: -




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Report: SL Benfica 2 - 1 PSG - 10 December 2013


Champions League Group C Matchday 6 | Kick-off 19:45 BST

SL BENFICA

PSG

SL Benfica Logo

2 - 1

PSG Logo
44' Lima (pen.) 37' Cavani
58' Gaitán


Statistics
Possession Shots (on target) Corners Offsides Fouls Yellows (reds)
45% | 55% 19(12) | 8(5) 9 | 3 2 | 3 16 | 14 2(0) | 3(0)


Planet Benfica's Key Players: Various

Date: Tuesday 10th December 2013, 19:45 BST PT/UK (20:45 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Matchday 6, Group C
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Referees: Lee Probert (ENG), Lee Mason (ENG)
Attendance: -
Weather: Clear 14°C - Humidity: 54% Wind: NW 12mp/h @ 19:00 BST
TV: TVI(Portugal), Sky Sports (UK)

BENFICA - Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisão (c), Garay and Sílvio; Fejsa, Matic and Enzo Pérez (André Gomes 89'); Nico Gaitán (Sulejmani 76'), Markovic (Ivan Cavaleiro 69') and Lima
Subs: Jan Oblak, Jardel, André Almeida, André Gomes, Sulejmanim Ivan Cavaleiro and Rodrigo
Coach: Jorge Jesus

PSG - Sirigu; Marquinhos, Camara, Digne, Traoré, Ménez, Thiago Motta (c) (Matuidi 60' ) (vc), Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas and Cavani (Lavezzi 60')
Subs: Douchez, Maxwell, Jallet, Matuidi, Coman, Lavezzi, Ongenda
Coach: Laurent Blanc

Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Maxi Pereira (30'), Thiago Motta (49'), Artur (70'), Ménez (73') and Rabiot (77')




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SL Benfica x PSG Squad List - 10 December 2013

Cardozo and Siqueira miss final Champions League group game through injury.

The 19 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Artur and Oblak
Defenders: Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Garay, André Almeida, Jardel and Sílvio
Midfielders: Djuricic, Matic, Enzo Perez, Fejsa, André Gomes, Nico Gaitán, Ivan Cavaleiro and Sulejmani
Forwards: Lima, Rodrigo and Markovic




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Report: SL Benfica 2 - 2 FC Arouca - 05 December 2013


Liga Zon Sagres Matchweek 12 | Kick-off 20:15 GMT

SL BENFICA

FC AROUCA

SL Benfica Logo

2 - 2

FC Arouca Logo

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Date: Friday 6th December 2013, 20:15 GMT PT/UK (21:15 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: Liga Zon Sagres, Jornada 12
Referee: Rui Costa (A.F. Porto)
Assistant Referees: Bruno Rodrigues and Miguel Aguilar
Fourth Referee:
Attendance: -
Weather: Clear 12°C
TV: Benfica TV

BENFICA -
Subs:
Coach: Jorge Jesus

AROUCA -
Subs:
Coach: Pedro Emanuel

Disciplinary action: -

Highlights: -
Photos: -




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Report: Rio Ave FC 1 - 3 SL Benfica - 01 December 2013


Liga Zon Sagres Matchweek 11 | Kick-off 17:45 GMT

RIO AVE

SL BENFICA

Rio Ave FC Logo

1 - 3

SL Benfica Logo
57' Ukra 37' Rodrigo
62' Lima
78' Lima


Statistics
Possession Shots (on target) Corners Offsides Fouls Yellows (reds)
44% | 56% 5(1) | 8(3) 0 | 5 5 | 0 15 | 21 4(1) | 4(0)


Planet Benfica's Key Players: Rodrigo and Lima

Date: Sunday 1st December 2013, 17:45 GMT PT/UK (18:45 CET)
Venue: Estádio do Rio Ave, Vila do Conde
Competition: Liga Zon Sagres, Jornada 11
Referee: Bruno Paixão (A.F. Setúbal)
Assistant Referees: António Godinho and Pais António
Fourth Referee:
Attendance: -
Weather: Clear 13°C - Humidity: 38% Wind: 8mp/h @ 17:15 GMT
TV: Sport TV

RIO AVE - Ederson Moraes; Lionn; Marcelo, Rodriguez and Edimar; Tarantini (c), Braga (Del Valle 82'), Wakaso; Ukra and Diego Lopes (Roderick Miranda 82'); Hassan (Rúben 82')
Subs: Salin,Vilas Boas, Tiago Pinto, Roderick, Del Valle, Joeano, Renato Santos
Coach: Nuno Santo

BENFICA - Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisão (c), Garay and André Almeida; Fesja, Matic, Enzo Pérez (André Gomes 90'+3) and Nico Gaitán (Markovic 74'); Rodrigo (Sulejmani 82') and Lima
Subs: Jan Oblak, Jardel, André Gomes, Djuricic, Sulejmani, Markovic and Funes Mori
Coach: Jorge Jesus

Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Tarantini (26'), Gaitán (34'), Garay (39'), Maxi Pereira (50'), Wakaso (57'), Wakaso (69') and Matic (88'). Red card to Wakaso (69')

Highlights: -
Photos: -




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Report: RSC Anderlect 2 - 3 SL Benfica - 26 November 2013


Champions League Group C Matchday 5 | Kick-off 19:45 GMT

ANDERLECHT

SL BENFICA

RSC Anderlecht Logo

2 - 3

SL Benfica Logo


Date: Wednesday 27th November 2013, 19:45 GMT PT/UK (20:45 CET / local)
Venue: Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels, Belgium
Competition: UEFA Champions League, Matchday 5, Group C
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Referee: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Referees: Andrea De Marco (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Attendance: ~25,000
Weather: Mostly Cloudy 6°C
TV: Sport TV (Portugal), Sky Sports (UK)

ANDERLECHT -
Subs:
Coach: John van den Brom

BENFICA - (from) Artur, Oblak and Paulo Lopes; Luisão, Sílvio, Steven Vitória, Maxi Pereira, Garay, André Almeida and Jardel; Fejsa, Matic, Enzo Pérez, André Gomes, Djuricic, Ola John, Gaitán, Sulejmani and Ivan Cavaleiro; Lima, Rodrigo and Markovic
Subs:
Coach: Jorge Jesus

Disciplinary action: -

Highlights: -
Photos: -




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RSC Anderlecht x SL Benfica Squad List - 26 November 2013

The highlight of this week's squad list is that Paraguayan striker Cardozo has missed his second consecutive game due to injury.

Jesus decided to call up 22 players to travel to Brussels for tomorrow's Champions League encounter against Belgian champions Anderlecht.

Siqueira has also been left behind because of injury and joins team mates Salvio and Ruben Amorim on the doctor's list.

The 22 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Artur, Oblak and Paulo Lopes
Defenders: Luisão, Sílvio, Steven Vitória, Maxi Pereira, Garay, André Almeida and Jardel
Midfielders: Fejsa, Matic, Enzo Pérez, André Gomes, Djuricic, Ola John, Gaitán, Sulejmani and Ivan Cavaleiro
Forwards: Lima, Rodrigo and Markovic




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Report: SL Benfica 1 - 0 SC Braga - 23 November 2013


Liga Zon Sagres Matchweek 10 | Kick-off 18:15 GMT

SL BENFICA

SC BRAGA

SL Benfica Logo

1 - 0

SC Braga Logo
72' Matic


Statistics
Possession Shots (on target) Corners Offsides Fouls Yellows (reds)
57% | 43% 9(2) | 12(4) 5 | 5 4 | 3 11 | 19 1(0) | 1(0)


Planet Benfica's Key Players: Matic and Artur

Date: Saturday 23rd November 2013, 18:15 GMT PT/UK (19:15 CET)
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Competition: Liga Zon Sagres, Jornada 10
Referee: Nuno Almeida (A.F. Algarve)
Assistant Referees: Paulo Ramos andlisb Luís Ramos
Fourth Referee: Hélder Malheiro
Attendance: 35,764
Weather: Cloudy 11°C - Humidity: 58% Wind: W 16mp/h @ 17:15 GMT
TV: Benfica TV

BENFICA - Artur; Sílvio, Garay, Luisão (c) and Siqueira (André Almeida 70'); Matic, Enzo Pérez, Djuricic (Rodrigo 59') and Gaitan; Markovic (Ivan Cavaleiro 65') and Lima
Subs: Paulo Lopes, Jardel, André Almeida, Fejsa, Ivan Cavaleiro, Rodrigo and Funes Mori
Coach: Jorge Jesus

BRAGA - Eduardo; Baiano, Santos, Nuno André Coelho e Elderson; Luiz Carlos (Custódio 79'), Mauro and Rúben Micael (Hugo Vieira 75'); Alan (c), Éder and Rafa (Pardo 71')
Subs: Cristiano; Hugo Vieira, Custódio, Vukcevic, Tomás Dabó, Pardo and Herbert
Coach: Jesualdo Ferreira

Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Rafa (51') and Garay (76')

Highlights: Watch match highlights here




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SL Benfica x SC Braga Squad List - 23 November 2013

Jorge Jesus makes numerous changes to the side he selected in the Lisbon derby for the Portuguese Cup game against Sporting.

Jan Oblak, Bruno Cortez, André Gomes and Ruben Amorim (injured) make way for the recovered Fejsa and Siqueira whilst Maxi Pereira and Paulo Lopes also return to options. Argentine forward Funes Mori has alost made the list but two players will be left out altogether.

Benfica face Braga in Estádio da Luz today at 18:15 GMT.

The 20 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Artur Moraes and Paulo Lopes
Defenders: Jardel, Sílvio, Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Garay, Siqueira and André Almeida
Midfielders: Djuricic, Matic, Fejsa, Enzo Perez, Gaitán and Ivan Cavaleiro
Forwards: Funes Mori, Cardozo, Rodrigo, Lima and Markovic




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