Highlights: Benfica 1 - 1 Braga

League Cup 2017/18 - Round 3 - Group A Matchday 1




Squad List: Benfica x Braga

Rui Vitória has made two changes to his Benfica squad ahead of the visit of Braga in the League Cup. Jardel (right thigh) and Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) have recovered from their injuries, and replace Lisandro López and Eduardo Salvio. Lisandro has been laid low with a fever, while Salvio was forced off by injury at Boavista on Saturday.

Wednesday night's match at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 21:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Bruno Varela

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

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Filipe Augusto, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Živković

Forwards: Jonas, Seferović, Raúl and Gabriel Barbosa




Highlights: Boavista 2 - 1 Benfica




Squad List: Boavista x Benfica

Benfica will take 20 players to Porto for their clash with Boavista on Saturday evening. Filip Krovinović was ineligible to play in the Champions League this week, but has returned to the squad for domestic duty. Jardel (right thigh) and Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) are still absent through injury.

João Carvalho has been dropped, and there is still no place for Brazilian right-back Douglas.

Saturday's match at the Estádio do Bessa begins at 18:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Eliseu, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Match Report: Benfica 1 - 2 CSKA Moscow

Eduardo Salvio

Benfica's 2017/18 UEFA Champions League campaign got off to a disappointing start as they were defeated 2-1 by Group A rivals CSKA Moscow at the Estádio da Luz.




Squad List: Benfica x CSKA Moscow

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man preliminary squad for Tuesday's Champions League curtain-raiser against CSKA Moscow. Jardel (right thigh) and Ljubomir Fejsa (right leg) are both unavailable, while Jonas is not certain to start due to a left knee problem.

João Carvalho replaces Filip Krovinović, who has not been registered for the Champions League. Martin Chrien and Chris Willock are also ineligible. Mile Svilar, Douglas and Diogo Gonçalves have been registered, but were not selected on this occasion.

Tuesday's game at the Estádio da Luz gets underway at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Eliseu, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 1 Portimonense




International Roundup: Six players on the scoresheet

Haris seferović

Despite a number of injury-enforced withdrawals, there were plenty of Benfica stars in international action this week, and no fewer than six got themselves on the scoresheet. Read on to find out how each player fared while representing their country.




Squad List: Benfica x Portimonense

The Benfica squad has been boosted by the addition of new signing Gabriel Barbosa, and the return from injury of Álex Grimaldo and Eduardo Salvio. Jardel is absent due to the right thigh injury he sustained at Rio Ave; the Brazilian defender is replaced by Rúben Dias.

Ljubomir Fejsa remains sidelined by a right leg injury, while Paulo Lopes, Chris Willock, João Carvalho and Diogo Gonçalves have all been dropped. Loan signing Douglas has not been included. 

Friday night's match at the Estádio da Luz kicks off at 21:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Bruno Varela and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Rúben Dias, Eliseu and André Almeida

Midfielders: Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Pizzi, Krovinović, Salvio, Cervi, Živković and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa, Seferović and Raúl




Opinion: What Gabriel Barbosa will bring to Benfica

Gabriel Barbosa

Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa arrived at Benfica on transfer deadline day, looking to reignite his career after a disappointing first year in Europe with Inter Milan. The former Santos starlet has joined the Eagles on a season-long loan, and the deal includes a €25 million purchase option. So what should the Benfica fans expect from the player affectionately known as "Gabigol"? We asked South American and Italian football expert Jordan Russell.




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