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Basel and Benfica need Group A boost

  • September 18, 2017

SL Benfica will demeanour to extend their dominant record opposite Swiss clubs as they transport to FC Basel 1893 on matchday two.

• With both sides losing their opening fixtures, any will be fervent to collect adult 3 points to kick-start their fledgling Group A campaigns.

Previous meetings
• The teams were also interconnected in a 2011/12 organisation stage. Benfica had a top hand, collecting 4 points from their dual fixtures.

• Goals in any half from Bruno César (20) and Óscar Cardozo (75) gave the Portuguese side 3 points in Basel on matchday three. They finished with 10 organisation after Emerson’s 86th-minute exclusion for a second yellow card.

• The sides during St. Jakob-Park on 18 Oct 2011 were:
Basel: Sommer, Park, Dragović, Abraham, Steinhöfer, G Xhaka (Cabral 80), Huggel (Chipperfield 85), F Frei (Zoua 66), Shaqiri, Streller, A Frei.
Benfica: Artur, Emerson, Luisão, Bruno César, Garay, Maxi Pereira (Miguel Vítor 78), Javi García, Witsel, Aimar (Nolito 67), Gaitán, Rodrigo (Cardozo 70).

• The game in Lisbon dual weeks after finished 1-1, Rodrigo giving Benfica a fourth-minute lead before Benjamin Huggel (64) warranted Basel a point.

• Benfica eventually won a section, going on to remove to contingent champions Chelsea FC in a quarter-finals; Basel finished second in Group C and were beaten by FC Bayern München in a turn of 16.

Match background

Basel
• Raphaël Wicky’s side competent by winning an eighth unbroken Swiss pretension in 2016/17.

• This is their eighth organisation theatre campaign, and their fourth in 5 years. Last tenure they finished fourth in Group A, collecting usually dual points from their 6 outings.

• Beaten 3-0 during Manchester United FC on matchday one, a Swiss organisation are but a feat in their final 9 European matches, home and divided (D3 L6), given a 2-1 home delight opposite AS Saint-Étienne on 25 Feb 2016.

• Basel were separated from Europe final deteriorate following a 4-1 home better by Arsenal FC on 6 Dec 2016 – usually their fifth detriment in 22 European home games given a start of 2013/14.

• Basel have mislaid their final dual European home games, and collected a singular indicate from their 3 matches during St. Jakob-Park in final season’s organisation stage. Bebbi have won one of their final 7 European home fixtures, losing three. 

• Their final ambience of Portuguese visitors came in a 2015/16 UEFA Europa League organisation stage, when they went down 2-1 during home to CF Os Belenenses – Basel did win a retreat tie 2-0 in Portugal.

• Overall Basel have won usually dual of their 7 home fixtures opposite Portuguese clubs, losing four.

Benfica
• Portuguese double winners in 2016/17, Benfica are in a UEFA Champions League organisation theatre for a 13th time – and a eighth deteriorate running.

• The Lisbon bar got to a quarter-finals in 2015/16 and again progressed from a organisation theatre final year, losing 4-1 on total to Borussia Dortmund in a turn of 16.

• Beaten 2-1 during home by PFC CSKA Moskva on matchday one, Benfica have won usually one of their final 5 European matches, home and away – a 1-0 feat opposite Dortmund in final season’s turn of 16 initial leg.

• Having left down 4-0 in Dortmund in a second leg of that tie, Benfica have won usually 3 of their final 13 divided games in European competition, losing six. They picked adult 4 points on their travels in final season’s organisation stage.

• Their 2011 contests with Basel were Benfica’s initial ambience of Swiss opponents given a second-round assembly with FC Zürich in a 1982/83 UEFA Cup. A 1-1 pull in Zurich preceded a 4-0 home victory, repeating a settlement of Benfica’s initial tie opposite a Swiss club. Paired with FC La Chaux-de-Fonds in a 1964/65 European Champion Clubs’ Cup initial round, Benfica warranted a 1-1 divided pull before winning 5-0 during home.

• The Lisbon club’s altogether record opposite Swiss sides is W3 D3 L0; divided it is W1 D2 L0.

Coach and actor links
• Ricky outpost Wolfswinkel played for Sporting Clube de Portugal between 2011 and 2013. He scored a usually idea in a 1-0 Liga win opposite Benfica on 9 Apr 2012, with Luisão sent off late on, and was also on aim in Sporting’s 3-1 home better on 10 Dec that year. His record opposite Benfica with Sporting was W1 D0 L3.

• Van Wolfswinkel also scored dual goals in 4 appearances opposite Vitória SC, afterwards coached by stream Benfica manager Rui Vitória (W2 D2).

• Haris Seferović got a idea and an support in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 4-1 Bundesliga win opposite VfB Stuttgart on 29 Aug 2015; Geoffroy Serey Dié set adult a Stuttgart goal.

• Marek Suchý played in FC Spartak Moskva’s 2-1 home win and 0-2 divided defeat opposite Benfica in a 2012/13 UEFA Champions League organisation stage.

• Jonas was in a Valencia CF side that overturned a 0-3 better during Basel with a 5-0 extra-time home win in a 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

• Andreas Samaris was on aim in Greece’s 2-1 better of Dié’s Ivory Coast in a 2014 FIFA World Cup organisation stage.

• Have played together:
Manuel Akanji, Michael Lang, Luca Zuffi and Renato Steffen Haris Seferović (Switzerland)
Davide Callá Haris Seferović (Grasshopper Club Zürich, 2009/10)
Pedro Pacheco Rúben Dias, João Carvalho, Diogo Gonçalves (Portugal Under-19)

Article source: http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2018/matches/round=2000881/match=2021611/prematch/background/index.html?rss=2496778+Basel+and+Benfica+need+Group+A+boost

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