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.




Highlights: Real SC 0 - 3 Benfica (Portuguese Cup 5th Round)




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.




Borussia Dortmund await Benfica in Champions League Round of 16

Aubameyang and Reus

Benfica's reward for qualification from the Champions League group stage is a mouthwatering round of 16 tie against German giants Borussia Dortmund. The Eagles will host the first leg at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday 14th February, before travelling to the 81,000 capacity Westfalenstadion on Wednesday 8th March.




Rui, Raúl and Rafa respond to Lisbon derby triumph

Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal contested the age-old Lisbon derby this Sunday at a packed Estádio da Luz. More than 63,000 fans were in attendance to witness a thrilling match in which Benfica got the better of their neighbours and arch-rivals. Heading into the match, the Lions sat second in the table – just two points behind Benfica – and were eager to knock the Eagles off their perch at the top of the Liga NOS.




Highlights: Benfica 2 - 1 Sporting




Vitória plays down talk of Jonas comeback

Jonas

Benfica and Sporting go head-to-head at the Estádio da Luz tonight, knowing that the winner will top the Liga NOS at the end of Matchweek 13. With just two points separating the sides, Rui Vitória is expecting a stern test of his team's title credentials.




Match Preview: Benfica x Sporting

Kostas Mitroglou

David Pritchett, Bruno Ribeiro, Megan Robertson and Luís Filipe Amante discuss the big issues ahead of the 299th Derby de Lisboa, as Benfica and Sporting prepare for a titanic tussle at the Estádio da Luz on Sunday evening.




Squad List: Benfica x Sporting

Benfica have been buoyed by the return of Jonas ahead of Sunday's Lisbon derby at the Estádio da Luz. The Brazilian marksman has been included in Rui Vitória's preliminary squad, although it is unclear whether he will start the game or even make the substitutes' bench.

Eliseu (thigh) and Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) remain sidelined, so André Almeida is expected to continue at left-back. André Horta (thigh) is also absent, while Guillermo Celis has been overlooked.

Sunday's match kicks off at 18:00 in Lisbon, and will be refereed by Jorge Sousa.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

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

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

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes




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