03 April 2019, 22h45
Hugo Miguel, a referee from AF Lisboa, was appointed by the Refereeing Committee of the Portuguese Football Federation to whistle the Sporting-Benfica match for the 2nd leg of the Portuguese Cup semifinals, at 8:45 pm this Wednesday, at Estádio José Alvalade.
Goalkeepers: Mile Svilar and Ivan Zlobin;
Defenders: Jardel, André Almeida, Rúben Dias, Grimaldo and Corchia;
Midfielders: Zivkovic, Fejsa, Samaris, Pizzi, Gabriel, Gedson Fernandes, Rafa and Taarabt;
Forwards: Seferovic, Jonas, João Félix and Jota.
The coach Bruno Lage has three players unavailable due to injury.
"It will be a match that gives us the opportunity to fight for a title. We are at halftime and winning with a short 2-1 result, and we must be at our best level", claimed the coach of Benfica.
In the 1st leg match, on February 6, at Estádio da Luz, Benfica won by 2-1, with a goal from Gabriel and an own-goal from Ilori; Bruno Fernandes pulled one back for the lions. The eternal derby returns to bring Lisbon to a halt. The Reds have already played 305 matches against Sporting and have the upper hand in the duel: 132 triumphs against 108 losses. The Club is already the record holder in presences and finals won: 36 and 26, respectively.
Jorge Jesus with the award that "reflects the collective"
Jorge Jesus was named the Best Coach of the Month in the Liga Bwin and already has in his possession the trophy that was won with 41% of the votes cast by the coaches present at the competition. The coach, with the Vítor Oliveira in his hands, underlined what it means: "It is an award that is a reflection of the team' s start of the season, there are never individual awards, they are collective, but the benefit of the collective also rewards the individual. It is with great pleasure that I receive this award!"
João Mário has the team's "good moment" in his hands
It was 18% of the votes of the Liga Bwin head coaches that gave João Mário the award for Best Midfielder of Septemberin the competition, a sign that the team "is in a good moment". This is the result of collective work, stressed the Portuguese international. "I am very happy, it represents the great moment that the team is living. It is always good to win individual awards, it shows that the team is in a good moment. I am very happy with this first award at Benfica", he admitted.
Darwin has already received the best of the month awards!
Darwin has received the Best Forward and Best Player of the Liga Bwin in September and left a promise to the Benfica fans. "I am very happy about these awards, very pleased, I thank my teammates, because without them it wouldn't be possible. I will keep working to give my best for Benfica", he assured.
Training session with the return of several internationals
Preparing for the away match at Trofense, scheduled for 8:15 pm on Saturday, October 16, for the 3rd round of the Portuguese Cup, Benfica's squad has already counted in the morning training of this Thursday with many of the internationals involved in the most recent matches of their national teams. Odysseas, Svilar, Vertonghen, João Mário, Nemanja, Gonçalo Ramos and Yaremchuck already worked under Jorge Jesus. Lucas Veríssimo (Brazil), Otamendi (Argentina) and Darwin (Uruguay) still have early Friday morning matches.