Portuguese league outfit Benfica know that they have to secure a win over their rivals if they want to secure a smooth passage to the Taca de Portugal final. Standing in their way to achieving this feat is second-tier side Estoril Praia who they will welcome on Thursday night in their semi-final second leg fixture.
Benfica survived a scare in the first leg of this tie after initially going 1-0 down to Estoril but they bounced back comprehensively and secured a 3-1 comeback win to ensure they have the upper hand going into this fixture. Andre Vidigal was the scorer of the early goal for Estoril in the first leg of the encounter before Benfica turned the game on its head with an eventual impressive 3-1 win.
Portuguese outfit Benfica will travel to their league rivals Moreirense where they will play at the Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas Stadium on Sunday looking to continue their winning run. The home side have also won their last two games on the bounce and will be looking to make it a tough tie for the visiting side.
Moreirense secured a win at League struggles Farense in their last away fixture on Monday while Benfica saw off Estoril Praia in a comfortable 3-1 win in the first leg of their Taca de Portugal semi-final clash that was played last Thursday evening. (more…)
When the name “Renato Sanches” made headlines and news stories some years ago, the stories were signs of great things to come for a teenager who was believed to have time by his side to prove just how much of a good player he would become. However, that has not been the case and the football world has witnessed one of the worst young players declines in recent years.
In the world of modern football, there is a higher chance of a player getting haunted just fit misplacing a pass during a game, or worse, making an error that would lead to his team conceding a goal.
Portuguese giants Benfica have a tough Europa League draw to navigate if they want to qualify for the round of 16 of the competition after they were drawn against Arsenal in the round of 32. The draw for the Europa League round of 32 was held on Monday afternoon and it pitted Benfica with the Gunners.
Ahead of the double legged game next year, Benfica and Arsenal are enjoying contrasting fortunes in their respective in their respective leagues. Benfica are second in the Portuguese topflight behind league leaders Sporting Lisbon after nine matches in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this term. Benfica have 21 points from the nine games played and are just two points off leaders Sporting Lisbon who have 23 points from the opening nine matches of the season.
New Benfica signing Jan Vertoghen has been mightily impressed with the quality of teammate HarisSeferovic as the two players prepare for battle on Wednesday night. They are expected to be on the opposing sides when Belgium play hosts to Switzerland in an international friendly scheduled to take place at the King Power Stadion in Leuven. Vertoghen will most likely be in the starting line-up for the Red Devils of Belgium, while HarisSeferovic is expected to lead the line for the Swiss team managed by Vladimir Petkovic.
Ahead of the game, ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender Vertoghenspoke to Portuguese newspaper Record about his Benfica teammate. Vertoghen raved about his ability in front of goal as he recalled the damage the Swiss international attacker did to his country in their last meeting.
According to reports from England Manchester United have put Jesse Lingard up for sale. The Guardian reported that the playmaker has struggled for form for over two years and has not been able to hold down a regular place in the squad, not in the starting eleven nor the bench.
The January arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon and the emergence of youngster Mason Greenwood have seen Lingard dropped down the pecking order. He really struggled this season, admitting off-field issues also hampered his focus.
Former Germany Sami Khedira is set to leave Juventus this summer following a five-year spell with the Old Lady. The world cup winner is attracting interest from Portugal and England. With West Ham and Benfica leading the race for the experienced midfielder.
Khedira joined Juve from Real Madrid in 2015 and has subsequently gone on to make 144 appearances in all competitions, winning four Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia trophies along the way.