Match Report: CSKA Moscow 2 - 0 Benfica

Filipe Augusto

Benfica bowed out of European competition with a 2-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow at the VEB Arena on Wednesday night, in what was their penultimate match in Champions League Group A.




Squad List: CSKA Moscow x Benfica

Mile Svilar is still suffering from flu and Júlio César has back problems, so Bruno Varela looks set to keep his place in goal. 19-year-old Fábio Duarte, who has yet to make an appearance for Benfica B, will travel as his deputy.

Rúben Dias is still recovering after an operation to remove his appendix. Gabriel Barbosa and Keaton Parks drop out, while Eliseu, Ljubomir Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, João Carvalho and Andrija Živković return. Filip Krovinović is not registered for the Champions League.

Wednesday's match at the VEB Arena will kick off at 17:00 UK and Portuguese time, and will be officiated by German referee Deniz Aytekin.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Fábio Duarte

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel and André Almeida

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Diogo Gonçalves, Rafa Silva and João Carvalho

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 0 Vitória de Setúbal




International Roundup: Joy and despair in World Cup play-offs

Andreas Samaris

32 nations from five confederations will participate in next summer's World Cup. This week, the final spots were decided as World Cup qualification drew to a close around the globe. Three Benfica players appeared in all-or-nothing play-off encounters, while a number of others were involved in friendlies and youth internationals. Read on to find out how they performed.




Squad List: Benfica x Vitória de Setúbal

20-year-old midfielder Keaton Parks has earned his first call-up to Benfica's senior squad. The American has been in excellent form for Benfica B, and clearly impressed Rui Vitória whilst training with the first team during the international break.

Rúben Dias has been suffering from acute appendicitis and was forced to undergo surgery this morning. Mile Svilar has a virus and Júlio César is still battling with his chronic back condition. Andrija Živković has been left out completely, as rumours continue to swirl about a contractual dispute relating to bonus payments.

Eliseu, Filipe Augusto and Ljubomir Fejsa are all rested, while Lisandro López, Rafa Silva and Gabriel Barbosa return.

Saturday's match at the Estádio da Luz begins at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, André Almeida and Jardel

Midfielders: Samaris, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi, Keaton Parks, Rafa Silva and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Mile Svilar: Introducing Benfica's latest teen prodigy

Mile Svilar

At the end of August, Benfica announced the signing of a 17-year-old goalkeeper named Mile Svilar, who had yet to make a single senior appearance in his fledgling career. Many expected him to serve as backup to Júlio César and Bruno Varela, or even to start out with Benfica B. Less than three months later, he is Benfica's first choice stopper. @BlackRegista reveals all about the teen prodigy, in an article originally featured on FootyTalk.

BELGIAN BEGINNINGS




International Preview: Three involved in World Cup play-offs

Andreas Samaris

With Benfica eager to extend their seven-game unbeaten run in domestic competition, their momentum has been halted by the return of another international break. An array of Águias have been called up to represent their respective national teams, and will be hoping to return home injury-free ahead of Benfica's Taça de Portugal clash with Vitória de Setúbal on November 18th.




Highlights: Vitória de Guimarães 1 - 3 Benfica




Squad List: Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica

Filip Krovinović may not be registered for Champions League duty, but the Croatian has been selected for this weekend's trip to Guimarães. Luisão and André Almeida also return to the squad after missing Tuesday night's game with Manchester United through suspension.

Álex Grimaldo has shaken off the knock that forced him to be substituted at Old Trafford. Filipe Augusto is unavailable with a left thigh injury, while Júlio César, Lisandro López, Rafa Silva and Gabriel Barbosa have all been dropped.

Sunday night's game at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques kicks off at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Match Report: Manchester United 2 - 0 Benfica

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League were dealt an almost fatal blow as they were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.




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