07 October 2022, 16h18
History tells us that Benfica are clearly ahead of Rio Ave. In 65 games completed, the team from Luz won 49 times and drew 11.
Rio Ave are still looking to grab their first win away from home. The team led by Luís Freire are 10th in the table, with nine points, due to two victories (at home against FC Porto by 3-1 and Santa Clara by 1-0) and three draws (away from Vila do Conde). On the other side are Benfica, leaders of the Championship with 22 points, after seven victories and a draw.
The reds have the best defense in the competition, with only three goals conceded, and equally the team with less shots conceded (3,83 average per matches, according to the platform Wyscout).
Strong in defense and dominant in the game, Benfica are the team with the most ball possession (67%) in the Portuguese League, being also leaders in passes (5130 total) and in crosses (20,9 average per game).
Rio Ave are on the other side of the fence in what concerns to shots allowed per game (15,57 average conceded shots per game). In Vila do Conde resides the keeper with the most saves in the League: Jhonatan Luiz with 41 clutch saves in 8 games.
In the last game, Rio Ave came back to the win column, after beating Santa Clara, in Vila do Conde, by 1-0. Luís Freire called the following XI: Jhonatan Luiz, Josué Sá, Aderllan Santos, Patrick William, Andreas Samaris (former Benfica midfielder), Costinha, Miguel Baeza, João Graça, Pedro Amaral, Yakubu Aziz (team’s top scorer with 5 goals) and Emmanuel Boateng.
League Cup: record attendance for Estádio da Luz in the group stage
The Benfica-Penafiel match (2-0), from gameweek 2 of group C, welcomed 43 263 spectators, a record attendance in the group stage of the League Cup at Estádio da Luz and the second best record ever in the competition's matches at the Cathedral. The biggest crowd was in 2010/11, in the semifinal against Sporting, where there were more than 49 thousand spectators in the stands.
The images of the Benfica-Penafiel match
Benfica hosted and beat Penafiel by 2-0 At Estádio da Luz, on matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup. Gilberto and Neres scored the goals. See the 50 best photos from this important triumph.
Benfica-Penafiel: match highlights (2-0)
Benfica-Penafiel, game of matchday 2 of group C of the League Cup, at Estádio da Luz. The reds won by 2-0, with the goals being scored by Gilberto and Neres.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 57' goal from Neres (2-0)
2-0. GOAL! BENFICA! NERES! Musa breaks away with the ball between four defenders, but it is Rafa who takes the shot. Caio Secco saves, but Neres is the quickest to attack the ball to make the rebound and shoot with his left foot to the back of the net.
SL Benfica-FC Penafiel: 55' goal from Gilberto (1-0)
1-0. GOAL! BENFICA! GILBERTO! Grimaldo moves forward with the ball on the left, breaks through, enters the box, gains a few more meters, but can't get the shot. The ball goes to Musa, who shoots but Caio Secco saves. On the rebound, Gilberto shoots with his right foot in the box and scores!
Training the Benfica way in Japan
Benfica continues to nurture talent around the world. The Club takes the brand, the training methodology, and the experience that has been so successful internationally to various places on the planet, transmitting its values to young people who love football and want to succeed in the sport. Tokyo and Osaka, in Japan, are no exceptions, with the existence of Camp Benfica, which has dozens of athletes, who are under the tutelage of coaches Mário Patrício and Davide Gomes.