Benfica used an extremely young team in the win by 1-2 against Galatasaray, in the 1st leg from the round of 32 of the Europa League. In comparison with the competitors in this stage, the eagles displayed the starting eleven with the lowest average age: 22,9 years.
The ages of João Félix and Florentino (19 years old), Gedson (20 years old), Rúben Dias and Ferro (21 years old) and Yuri Ribeiro (22 years old). Salvio, aged 28, was the oldest player in Benfica's starting XI.
The presence of the six players Made in Caixa Futebol Campus in the starting XI has further brightened a memorable evening, marked by Benfica's win at the stadium of Galatasaray (1-2), the first win from the eagles in Turkey.
Observing what happened on this journey, Benfica's record is only matched by one team in the Europa League round of 32: Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian team, known for promoting several academy players over the years for historical, geographical, political and sporting reasons, fielded a starting eleven composed of home-grown seven players.
Text: Diogo Nascimento
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