Monday, November 7, 2022

Benfica to face Club Brugge in Round of 16

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Benfica have learned their Champions League round of 16 opponents and it will be Belgian's Club Brugge who finished runner up in their group behind FC Porto. Benfica will travel to Brugge for the first leg of the encounter on either February 14, 15,21 or 22 and then host the second leg in March on the 7, 8, 14 or 15.

On paper this looks to be the best draw that Benfica could have hoped for to advance on but Brugge can not be taken lightly after defeating FC Porto at the Dragao 4-0 during their group stage encounter, while they also did not allow a goal in five out of their six group games the only one being a 4-0 defeat at home to Porto.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Benfica top group and await round of 16 opponent

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Benfica turned in what may have been their performance of the year in a 6-1 drubbing of Maccabi Haifa in their final Champions League group game and pushed aside PSG for top spot thanks to an away goal tiebreaker. Benfica and PSG finished the group stage tied in points, goals for, goals against, goals differential and played to a 1-1 draws in both encounters. The decider for top spot ended up down the tiebreak list and went Benfica's way as they scored 9 goals away from home while PSG scored 6.

Benfica are now a seeded club going into the November 7 draw and will face one of seven possible opponents in the round of 16 with only PSG not a possibility. Benfica's potential opponents for the knock out round are Liverpool, Inter Milan, Club Brugge, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt or AC Milan. The club will now get a well deserved long break from European competition until February of next year when the competition will resume.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Benfica ready to make another move for Frankfurt midfielder

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Benfica were linked to Eintracht Frankfurt attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada during the summer months but nothing came to fruition. The failure to land Kamada has not soured the club who are ready to try and land the 26 year old Japanese midfielder again when the winter transfer window opens in January.

Kamada has continued his fine play this season, having scored twelve goals across all competitions in twenty games while providing three assists. Kamada has yet to sign an extension with Frankfurt and will be open to sign with any club for free in January. Benfica will not be alone in their chase of Kamada and should face some stiff competition to land the talented midfielders signature.