Zenit, Lyon and Leipzig, Benfica's opponents in Group G of the Champions League, won their matches for the Russian, French and German leagues, respectively, this weekend.
All the opponents played on Saturday, November 23. The first to step onto the pitch were the Russians of Zenit. Away from home, against Rubin Kazan, the team from Saint Petersburg won (1-2) with goals from Azmoun e Dzyuba.
The team coached by Sergey Semak played in 4x4x2 with Kerzhakov; Karavaev, Ivanovic, Rakitsky, Douglas Santos; Lucas Barrios, Ozdoev, Kuzyayev, Driussi (Sutormin, 75’); Azmoun (Erokhin, 87’) and Dzyuba.
With 39 points, Zenit is the leader of the Russian league, with com 12 wins, three draws and two losses in 17 matches.
In France, Lyon hosted Nice, in a game from matchday 14 of the Ligue 1 and won by 2-1 with goals from Reine-Adelaide and Dembélé.
Rudi Garcia fielded the team in 4x2x3x1 with Anthony Lopes; Dubois, Denayer, Andersen, Marçal; Thiago Mendes, Tousart; Terrier (Rafael, 79’), Reine-Adelaide (Kone, 37’), Bertrand Traoré (Cornet, 71’); and Dembélé.
The French outfit has 19 points, the result of five wins, five losses and four draws and sits in the 7th place.
Leipzig welcomed Köln to the Red Bull Arena, on matchday 12 of the Bundesliga and won by 4-1 with strikes from Timo Werner (22’), Forsberg (32’ and 79’) and Laimer.
With the team in 4x2x3x1, Julian Nagelsmann fielded Gulácsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Ilsanker, Halstenberg (Saracchi (82’); Laimer, Demme; Nkunku (Schick, 76’), Sabitzer, Forsberg (Haidara, 80’); and Timo Werner.
With this triumph, Leipzig (who Benfica faces on Wednesday, November 27) has 24 points and is one point away from the top spot where sits Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Text: Marco Rebelo
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