Benfica has to win in Germany

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 27-11-2019 11:02:00 · 0 Comments

Benfica needs to go down in history and beat Leipzig in Germany to stay in the race for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Benfica is asked to do what they have never done, to win a Champions League match in Germany, with the club having lost 11 times in the same number of matches since 1961, in their first duel with Germans, and when it was the European Champion Clubs Cup.

On Wednesday, in the fifth round of Group G, Benfica is only interested in winning, but Bruno Lage's team has had a terrible performance in the 'millionaire' race, with three defeats in four games, only beating Lyon at home, by the narrowest margin (2-1).

When they received Leipzig in the second round, the Lisbon team was down 2-0, with two goals from Timo Werner, and reduced by Seferovic, one of the absentees in Wednesday’s game, due to a muscle injury.

If they draw in Leipzig, even if they benefit from the most favourable combination of results until the end of the group stage, Benfica will be out of the round of 16, as they will finish in line with Lyon and Zenit in St Petersburg, but will lose to the Russians in the direct encounter.

The match kicks off at 9 p.m. local time (8 p.m. in Lisbon) and will be refereed by Spain's Jesus Gil Manzano.

In the other Group G match, Zenit will host Lyon, with an open qualifier for the two emblems.

The group is led by Leipzig, with nine points, followed by Lyon, with seven, Zenit, with four, and Benfica, with three.


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