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UEFA Champions League: SL Benfica - Manchester United FC Match press kits

UEFA Champions League - 2017/18 SeasonMatch press kits

SL BenficaSL BenficaEstádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - LisbonWednesday 18 October 2017
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Group A - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
22/11/2011GSManchester United FC - SL Benfica2-2ManchesterBerbatov 30, D. Fletcher 59; Jones 3 (og), Aimar 61
14/09/2011GSSL Benfica - Manchester United FC1-1LisbonCardozo 24; Giggs 42
UEFA Champions League
06/12/2006GSManchester United FC - SL Benfica3-1
ManchesterVidić 45+1, Giggs 61, Saha 75; Nélson 27
26/09/2006GSSL Benfica - Manchester United FC0-1
LisbonSaha 60
UEFA Champions League
07/12/2005GSSL Benfica - Manchester United FC2-1
LisbonGeovanni 16, Beto 34; Scholes 6
27/09/2005GSManchester United FC - SL Benfica2-1
ManchesterGiggs 39, Van Nistelrooy 85; Simão 59
European Champions Clubs' Cup
29/05/1968FManchester United FC - SL Benfica4-1
LondonCharlton 53, 99 ET, Best 92 ET, Kidd 94 ET; Graça 79
European Champions Clubs' Cup
09/03/1966QFSL Benfica - Manchester United FC1-5
agg: 3-8
LisbonBrennan 51 (og); Best 6, 11, Connelly 14, Crerand 76, Charlton 87
02/02/1966QFManchester United FC - SL Benfica3-2
ManchesterHerd 35, Law 45, Foulkes 60; José Augusto 10, Torres 80
SL Benfica41124013100191261122
Manchester United FC43104211110096212211

SL Benfica - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
20/03/2014R16SL Benfica - Tottenham Hotspur FC2-2
agg: 5-3
LisbonGaray 34, Lima 90+5 (P); Chadli 78, 79
13/03/2014R16Tottenham Hotspur FC - SL Benfica1-3
LondonEriksen 64; Rodrigo 30, Luisão 58, 84
UEFA Europa League
15/05/2013FSL Benfica - Chelsea FC1-2
AmsterdamCardozo 68 (P); Torres 60, Ivanović 90+3
11/04/2013QFNewcastle United FC - SL Benfica1-1
agg: 2-4
NewcastleCissé 71; Salvio 90+2
04/04/2013QFSL Benfica - Newcastle United FC3-1
LisbonRodrigo 25, Lima 65, Cardozo 71 (P); Cissé 12
UEFA Champions League
04/04/2012QFChelsea FC - SL Benfica2-1
agg: 3-1
LondonLampard 21 (P), Raul Meireles 90+2; Javi García 85
27/03/2012QFSL Benfica - Chelsea FC0-1
LisbonKalou 75
UEFA Europa League
08/04/2010QFLiverpool FC - SL Benfica4-1
agg: 5-3
LiverpoolKuyt 27, Lucas 34, Torres 59, 82; Cardozo 70
01/04/2010QFSL Benfica - Liverpool FC2-1
LisbonCardozo 59 (P), 79 (P); Agger 9
05/11/2009GSEverton FC - SL Benfica0-2
LiverpoolSaviola 63, Cardozo 76
22/10/2009GSSL Benfica - Everton FC5-0
LisbonSaviola 14, 83, Cardozo 47, 48, Luisão 52
UEFA Champions League
08/03/2006R16Liverpool FC - SL Benfica0-2
agg: 0-3
LiverpoolSimão 36, Miccoli 89
21/02/2006R16SL Benfica - Liverpool FC1-0
LisbonLuisão 84
European Champions Clubs' Cup
06/11/1991R2Arsenal FC - SL Benfica1-3
agg 2-4 (aet)
LondonPates 19; Isaías 35, 109 ET, Kulkov 100 ET
23/10/1991R2SL Benfica - Arsenal FC1-1LisbonIsaías 15; Campbell 18
European Champions Clubs' Cup
07/11/1984R2SL Benfica - Liverpool FC1-0
agg: 2-3
LisbonManniche 4 (P)
24/10/1984R2Liverpool FC - SL Benfica3-1
LiverpoolRush 44, 70, 76; Diamantino 51
European Champions Clubs' Cup
21/03/1984QFSL Benfica - Liverpool FC1-4
agg: 1-5
LisbonNené 73; Whelan 9, 87, Johnston 32, Rush 78
07/03/1984QFLiverpool FC - SL Benfica1-0
LiverpoolRush 67
European Champions Clubs' Cup
15/03/1978QFLiverpool FC - SL Benfica4-1
agg: 6-2
LiverpoolCallaghan 6, Dalglish 17, McDermott 76, Neal 87; Nené 25
01/03/1978QFSL Benfica - Liverpool FC1-2
LisbonNené 13; Case 36, Hughes 71
European Champions Clubs' Cup
08/11/1972R2SL Benfica - Derby County FC0-0
agg: 0-3
25/10/1972R2Derby County FC - SL Benfica3-0
DerbyMcFarland 7, Hector 8, McGovern 39
European Champions Clubs' Cup
05/04/1962SFTottenham Hotspur FC - SL Benfica2-1
agg: 3-4
LondonSmith 34, Blanchflower 48 (P); Águas 16
21/03/1962SFSL Benfica - Tottenham Hotspur FC3-1
LisbonSimões 5, José Augusto 19, 64; Smith 54

Manchester United FC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
07/11/2012GSSC Braga - Manchester United FC1-3
BragaAlan 49 (P); Van Persie 80, Rooney 84 (P), Hernández 90+2
23/10/2012GSManchester United FC - SC Braga3-2
ManchesterHernández 25, 75, J. Evans 62; Alan 2, 20
UEFA Champions League
15/04/2009QFFC Porto - Manchester United FC0-1
agg: 2-3
PortoRonaldo 6
07/04/2009QFManchester United FC - FC Porto2-2ManchesterRooney 15, Tévez 85; Cristian Rodríguez 4, Mariano González 89
UEFA Champions League
27/11/2007GSManchester United FC - Sporting Clube de Portugal2-1
ManchesterTévez 61, Ronaldo 90+2; Abel 21
19/09/2007GSSporting Clube de Portugal - Manchester United FC0-1
LisbonRonaldo 62
UEFA Champions League
09/03/2004R16Manchester United FC - FC Porto1-1
agg: 2-3
ManchesterScholes 32; Costinha 90
25/02/2004R16FC Porto - Manchester United FC2-1
PortoMcCarthy 29, 78; Fortune 14
UEFA Champions League
19/03/2002GS2Boavista FC - Manchester United FC0-3
PortoBlanc 14, Solskjær 29, Beckham 51 (P)
05/12/2001GS2Manchester United FC - Boavista FC3-0
ManchesterVan Nistelrooy 31, 62, Blanc 55
UEFA Champions League
19/03/1997QFFC Porto - Manchester United FC0-0
agg: 0-4
05/03/1997QFManchester United FC - FC Porto4-0
ManchesterMay 22, Cantona 34, Giggs 61, Cole 80
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
02/11/1977R2Manchester United FC - FC Porto5-2
agg: 5-6
ManchesterCoppell 8, 65, Alfredo Murça 39 (og), 90 (og), Nicholl 44; Duda 29, 85
19/10/1977R2FC Porto - Manchester United FC4-0
PortoMachado 8, 24, 54, Toni 60
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
18/03/1964QFSporting Clube de Portugal - Manchester United FC5-0
agg: 6-4
LisbonSilva 3, 12, 54, De Carvalho 47, Morais 52
26/02/1964QFManchester United FC - Sporting Clube de Portugal4-1
ManchesterLaw 22, 60 (P), 73 (P), Charlton 40; Silva 65
SL Benfica16745164210200234116174859
Manchester United FC129301262411002516545532

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Match background Only this chapter

SL Benfica and Manchester United FC are long-standing European rivals but, while the visitors are looking to make it three Group A wins in as many games, the Portuguese side must regroup swiftly after a heavy defeat last time out.

Previous meetings
• United have prevailed in six of the clubs' nine encounters, starting with a quarter-final triumph in the 1965/66 European Champion Clubs' Cup and continuing with their 1967/68 final success at Wembley as the English side captured the trophy for the first time.

• Benfica's sole win came when a team including Luisão beat United 2-1 in Lisbon in December 2005, eliminating Sir Alex Ferguson's team at the group stage for the first time since 1994.

• United avenged that defeat when Louis Saha secured a 1-0 win in Lisbon in September 2006. They subsequently came from behind to beat Benfica 3-1 back at Old Trafford and consign their opponents to an early exit.

• The teams were also paired in the 2011/12 group stage, drawing 1-1 in Lisbon with Ryan Giggs (42) cancelling out Óscar Cardozo's 24th-minute opener for Benfica.

• The line-ups at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 14 September 2011 were:
Benfica: Artur, Emerson, Luisão, Garay, Maxi Pereira, Witsel, Javi García, Rúben Amorim (Nolito 56), Aimar (Matić 75), Gaitán (Bruno César 90+1), Cardozo.
United: Lindegaard, Fabio (Jones 78), Evans, Smalling, Evra, Park, Carrick, Fletcher (Hernández 69), Valencia (Nani 69), Giggs, Rooney.

• It was also all square in their most recent fixture in Manchester, a Phil Jones own goal and a Pablo Aimar finish giving Benfica a 2-2 matchday five draw at Old Trafford on 22 November 2011. United's goals came from Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Fletcher.

• Benfica, then coached by Jorge Jesus, came first in Group C in 2011/12; United finished third, behind FC Basel 1893.

Match background

• The Eagles suffered their biggest UEFA Champions League defeat in going down 5-0 at Basel on matchday two.

• Benfica have played 34 games against English clubs in UEFA competition; their record is W11 D6 L17 (W7 D4 L5 in Lisbon). In addition to their 1968 European Cup final defeat against United, they also lost the 2013 UEFA Europa League final in Amsterdam, 2-1 to Chelsea FC.

• Portuguese double winners in 2016/17, Benfica are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 13th time – and the eighth season running.

• The Lisbon club got to the quarter-finals in 2015/16 and again progressed from the group stage last year, losing 4-1 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.

Beaten 2-1 at home by PFC CSKA Moskva on matchday one, Benfica have won only one of their last six European matches, home and away – the 1-0 victory against Dortmund in last season's round of 16 first leg – and lost the last three.

• On home soil in the 2016/17 group stage, Benfica drew 1-1 with Beşiktaş JK and beat FC Dynamo Kyiv 1-0. They also went down 2-1 to SSC Napoli but the CSKA Moskva defeat was still only their third loss in their last 12 European home games.

Manchester United
• United's record in Portugal is W6 D2 L4. They are unbeaten in five visits dating back to December 2005 and that loss at Benfica.

• On their last visit, Sir Alex Ferguson's side won 3-1 at SC Braga in the 2012/13 group stage, United's third successive win in Portugal.

United were 4-1 winners at CSKA Moskva on matchday two, having overcome Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford in their first Group A fixture.

• This is United's fourth European match this term, their campaign having started with the 2-1 loss to Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on 8 August. That ended United's 11-match unbeaten run (W8 D3) since a 2-1 reverse at Fenerbahçe SK on matchday four of last season's UEFA Europa League. The defeat in Istanbul had been their fifth in nine European games.

• The Madrid defeat is United's only reverse in their last 14 European matches, home and away (W10 D3). They are now seeking to extend a six-match unbeaten European away record (W4 D2) since that setback at Fenerbahçe.

• This is United's 21st campaign in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and only four times have they failed to make the next round. Two of those eliminations came in their last four participations; the English club finished third in their section in both 2011/12 and 2015/16, their last appearance.

• United completed a clean sweep of European trophies with victory in last season's UEFA Europa League. The win against AFC Ajax in Stockholm added to their European Cup triumphs in 1968, 1999 and 2008 and their 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup success.

Coach and player links
• Mourinho started his coaching career at Benfica in September 2000, but lasted little more than two months in charge. In the next three seasons, with UD Leiria and FC Porto, he faced the Eagles seven times (W4 D2 L1). The sole defeat came in the 2003/04 Portuguese Cup final.

• Victor Lindelöf joined United from Benfica this summer, having made 48 first-team league appearances over five years with the Portuguese club.

• Nemanja Matić was at Benfica from 2011 to 2014, scoring seven goals in 56 league outings.

• Rui Vitória's UD Vilafranquense were beaten 4-0 away by Mourinho's Porto in the 2003/04 Portuguese Cup last 16.

• During his time with Sporting Clube de Portugal between 2012 and 2014, Marcos Rojo played five games against Benfica (D1 L4). In the 2013/14 Portuguese Liga, he scored the only goal in a triumph over a Vitória FC team managed by Rui Vitória.

• Luisão scored the decisive goal in Benfica's 4-3 win over Sporting in the fourth round of the 2013/14 Portuguese Cup, a game in which Rojo was sent off.

• Zlatan Ibrahimović scored twice in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 win against Benfica in the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Haris Seferovic was sent off in Switzerland's 2-1 friendly defeat by Belgium in May 2016, Romelu Lukaku scoring twice.

• Daley Blind scored past Júlio César as the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the third place play-off at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

• Have played together:
Júlio César & Zlatan Ibrahimović (FC Internazionale Milano, 2006–09)
Eduardo Salvio & David De Gea (Club Atlético de Madrid, 2009/10)
Jonas & Juan Mata (Valencia CF, 2010/11)

• International team-mates:
Ljubomir Fejsa, Andrija Živković & Nemanja Matić (Serbia)
Eduardo Salvio, Sergio Romero & Marcos Rojo (Argentina)

• Mourinho was Júlio César's coach at Internazionale between 2008 and 2010, winning a treble including the UEFA Champions League in 2009/10.

Match facts

• André Almeida serves the first of a two-game ban following his red card against Basel on matchday two.

• Benfica have won only two of their last seven matches in all competitions.

• Salvio (Argentina) and Eliseu (Portugal) played during the international break as their teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• João Félix, 17, made his Portugal Under-21 debut in a 3-1 loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 October.

Manchester United
• United are 11 games unbeaten, winning nine of them, since the loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.

• Lukaku – who found the net in each of his last nine appearances in all competitions prior to Saturday's goalless draw with Liverpool FC – has 16 goals in 14 outings for United and Belgium this season.

• The Red Devils have managed four goals in a game on six occasions this campaign.

• David de Gea (Spain), Sergio Romero (Argentina), Jesse Lingard (England), Matić (Serbia) and Marcus Rashford (England) played during the international break as their teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• Marouane Fellaini was ruled out for around two weeks after sustaining a knee injury in Belgium's 4-3 win against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 7 October.

• Paul Pogba has not played since he suffered a hamstring injury on matchday one.

• De Gea is on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. The winner will be announced in December.


Squad list Only this chapter

SL Benfica - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Mile SvilarBEL27/08/199918 - ----------
12Júlio CésarBRA03/09/197938 - --1-2-64-67-
30Bruno VarelaPOR04/11/199422 - --1-6-1-1-
98Fábio DuartePOR11/05/199819 - ----------
2Lisandro LópezARG01/09/198928 - --1-3-7-7-
3Alex GrimaldoESP20/09/199522 - --2-3-6-6-
4LuisãoBRA13/02/198136 - --2-8-59512511
8DouglasBRA06/08/199027 - ----------
19EliseuPOR01/10/198334 - ----5-244345
33JardelBRA29/03/198631 - --1-5-22-332
34André AlmeidaPOR10/09/199027S--2-8128-41-
60Pedro AmaralPOR25/08/199720 - ----------
66Rúben DiasPOR14/05/199720 - ----2-----
89Pedro ÁlvaroPOR02/03/200017 - ----------
97Francisco FerreiraPOR26/03/199720 - ----------
5Ljubomir FejsaSRB14/08/198829 - --1-4-231441
6Filipe AugustoBRA12/08/199324 - --1-6-2-9-
7Andreas SamarisGRE13/06/198928 - --1-1-23-23-
17Andrija ŽivkovićSRB11/07/199621 - --2-4-3-255
18Eduardo SalvioARG13/07/199027 - --2-622847214
21PizziPOR06/10/198928 - --2-8-21-24-
27Rafa SilvaPOR17/05/199324 - --1-4-4-163
61FlorentinoPOR19/08/199918 - ----------
79João FélixPOR10/11/199917 - ----------
83Gedson FernandesPOR09/01/199918 - ----------
90João CarvalhoPOR09/03/199720 - ----------
9Raúl JiménezMEX05/05/199126 - --2-8-194194
10JonasBRA01/04/198433 - --2-8926104212
11Gabriel BarbosaBRA30/08/199621 - --1-1-1-1-
14Haris SeferovićSUI22/02/199225 - --218381102
22Franco CerviARG26/05/199423 - --1-718282
70José GomesPOR08/04/199918 - ------1-1-
73João FilipePOR30/03/199918 - ----------
-Rui VitóriaPOR16/04/197047 - --2---19-19-
Manchester United FC - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1David de GeaESP07/11/199026 - --2-8-30-54-
20Sergio RomeroARG22/02/198730 - ------6-28-
40Joel PereiraPOR28/06/199621 - ----------
45Kieran O'HaraIRL22/04/199621 - ----------
2Victor LindelöfSWE17/07/199423 - --2-1-14-15-
3Eric BaillyCIV12/04/199423 - --1-611-211
4Phil JonesENG21/02/199225 - ----8-192252
5Marcos RojoARG20/03/199027 - ------4-30-
12Chris SmallingENG22/11/198927 - --2-3-302532
17Daley BlindNED09/03/199027 - --2-4-22-49-
23Luke ShawENG12/07/199522 - ------1-7-
25Antonio ValenciaECU04/08/198532 - ----81386506
36Matteo DarmianITA02/12/198927 - --1-2-5-333
38Axel TuanzebeENG14/11/199719 - ----------
6Paul PogbaFRA15/03/199324 - --1-42332586
8Juan MataESP28/04/198829 - --1-713477916
14Jesse LingardENG15/12/199224 - --2-6-6-202
16Michael CarrickENG28/07/198136 - ------704874
18Ashley YoungENG09/07/198532 - --2-4-191424
21Ander HerreraESP14/08/198928 - --1-6-4-354
22Henrikh MkhitaryanARM21/01/198928 - --21814057922
27Marouane FellainiBEL22/11/198729 - --1163111414
31Nemanja MatićSRB01/08/198829 - --2-8-333454
35Demetri MitchellENG11/01/199720 - ----------
39Scott McTominayENG08/12/199620 - ----------
9Romelu LukakuBEL13/05/199324 - --2387233520
10Zlatan IbrahimovićSWE03/10/198136 - ------1184813856
11Anthony MartialFRA05/12/199521 - --2173153336
19Marcus RashfordENG31/10/199719 - --218221175
29James WilsonENG01/12/199521 - ----------
-José MourinhoPOR26/01/196354 - --2---129-160-

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Head coach Only this chapter

Rui Vitória

Date of birth: 16 April 1970
Playing career:
Fanhões, UD Vilafranquense, Seixal Clube 1925, Casa Pia AC, GD Alcochetense
Coaching career
: UD Vilafranquense, SL Benfica (Under-19), CD Fátima, FC Paços de Ferreira, Vitória SC, SL Benfica

• Born in Alverca do Ribatejo, in the Lisbon district, Rui Vitória spent the majority of his playing career as a midfielder with clubs from the Portuguese capital's metropolitan area.

• Always plied his trade in the lower divisions and was a mainstay at Vilafranquense for nine seasons. After hanging up his boots at 32 in the middle of 2002/03, he began his coaching career immediately at the club, while simultaneously working as a PE teacher.

• His first association with Benfica came two seasons later, as he led the Eagles' Under-19 setup for two years, a period which began his steady rise in Portuguese football. The first step was taken at Fátima in 2006, where his debut season was marked by promotion to the second division followed by immediate relegation, a journey repeated in the next two campaigns.

• His good work led him to Paços de Ferreira in the top division. The first season ended with a seventh-place finish in the Liga and defeat by Benfica in the 2010/11 League Cup final. Departed three games into the following season but only took a week to find a new employer, in the shape of Guimarães.

 • In four seasons at the helm of the Minho outfit, he made his name by building competitive sides with few resources, as well as detecting and developing young talents. His highlight was victory over Benfica in the 2012/13 Portuguese Cup final, only the second trophy in the club's history. On 15 June 2015, he was announced as Benfica's new coach on a three-year contract, and won the Liga and League Cup in his first season and the league and Portuguese Cup double in 2016/17.


José Mourinho

Date of birth: 26 January 1963
Nationality: Portuguese
Coaching career: SL Benfica, UD Leiria, FC Porto, Chelsea FC (twice), FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF, Manchester United FC

• A former teacher, Mourinho had spells working at Sporting Clube de Portugal, Porto and FC Barcelona as a coaching assistant in the 1990s.

• As coach, had a nine-game stay at Benfica and a highly successful tenure at Leiria before really making his mark after arriving at Porto in January 2002. In his first full season, 2002/03, Porto won the UEFA Cup and a domestic double. The next year they retained their league title and claimed the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 defeat of AS Monaco FC in Gelsenkirchen.

• Joined Chelsea in 2004 and led the club to the League Cup and their first league championship for 50 years in his first season. Followed up with the league title again in 2006, and both the League Cup and FA Cup in 2007 but left the club that September.

• Joined Inter in June 2008 and in his first campaign retained the Scudetto, a feat the Nerazzurri repeated in 2009/10 when they also added the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League title, their first European crown since 1965.

• Victory at the Santiago Bernabéu was Mourinho's last act as Inter coach before he joined Madrid. His first season featured the club's first Copa del Rey victory in 18 years and his second brought the Liga title; also led Madrid to three successive UEFA Champions League semi-finals before returning to Chelsea at the start of June 2013.

• Won a third Premier League title with the London club in 2015, also adding the English League Cup. Left in December 2015 and appointed Manchester United manager the following summer, leading the club to the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League in his first season in charge.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFelix Zwayer (GER)
  • Assistant refereesThorsten Schiffner (GER) , Marco Achmüller (GER)
  • Additional assistant refereesDaniel Siebert (GER) , Sascha Stegemann (GER)
  • Fourth officialRafael Foltyn (GER)
  • UEFA DelegateJozef Kliment (SVK)
  • UEFA Referee observerJohannes Reijgwart (NED)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Felix Zwayer19/05/19811143

Felix Zwayer

Referee since: 2004
First division:
FIFA badge: 2012

Tournaments: 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship


UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
16/09/2015UCLGSChelsea FCMaccabi Tel-Aviv FC4-0London
07/12/2016UCLGSFC PortoLeicester City FC5-0Porto

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
16/09/2015UCLGSChelsea FCMaccabi Tel-Aviv FC4-0London
18/02/2016UELR32ACF FiorentinaTottenham Hotspur FC1-1Florence
07/12/2016UCLGSFC PortoLeicester City FC5-0Porto
09/03/2017UELR16FC RostovManchester United FC1-1Rostov-on-Don

Last updated 17/10/2017 03:06CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

SL BenficaFixtures and results
09/08/2017LeagueSC Braga (H)W 3-1Seferović 15, Jonas 30, Salvio 57
14/08/2017LeagueGD Chaves (A)W 1-0Seferović 90+2
19/08/2017LeagueOs Belenenses (H)W 5-0Jonas 2, 90, 90+3, Salvio 28, Seferović 33
26/08/2017LeagueRio Ave FC (A)D 1-1Jonas 67 (P)
08/09/2017LeaguePortimonense SC (H)W 2-1Jonas 60 (P), André Almeida 78
12/09/2017UCLPFC CSKA Moskva (H)L 1-2Seferović 50
16/09/2017LeagueBoavista FC (A)L 1-2Jonas 7
23/09/2017LeagueFC Paços de Ferreira (H)W 2-0Cervi 20, Jonas 61
27/09/2017UCLFC Basel 1893 (A)L 0-5
01/10/2017LeagueCS Marítimo (A)D 1-1Jonas 2
14/10/2017CupSC Olhanense (A)W 1-0Barbosa Almeida 4
18/10/2017UCLManchester United FC (H)
22/10/2017LeagueCD Aves (A)
27/10/2017LeagueCD Feirense (H)
31/10/2017UCLManchester United FC (A)
05/11/2017LeagueVitória SC (A)
22/11/2017UCLPFC CSKA Moskva (A)
26/11/2017LeagueVitória FC (H)
01/12/2017LeagueFC Porto (A)
05/12/2017UCLFC Basel 1893 (H)
09/12/2017LeagueEstoril Praia (H)
17/12/2017LeagueCD Tondela (A)
03/01/2018LeagueSporting Clube de Portugal (H)
06/01/2018LeagueMoreirense FC (A)
14/01/2018LeagueSC Braga (A)
20/01/2018LeagueGD Chaves (H)
31/01/2018LeagueOs Belenenses (A)
04/02/2018LeagueRio Ave FC (H)
11/02/2018LeaguePortimonense SC (A)
18/02/2018LeagueBoavista FC (H)
25/02/2018LeagueFC Paços de Ferreira (A)
04/03/2018LeagueCS Marítimo (H)
11/03/2018LeagueCD Aves (H)
18/03/2018LeagueCD Feirense (A)
31/03/2018LeagueVitória SC (H)
07/04/2018LeagueVitória FC (A)
15/04/2018LeagueFC Porto (H)
22/04/2018LeagueEstoril Praia (A)
29/04/2018LeagueCD Tondela (H)
06/05/2018LeagueSporting Clube de Portugal (A)
13/05/2018LeagueMoreirense FC (H)
1FC Porto871019322
2Sporting Clube de Portugal862016420
3SL Benfica852116617
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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

SL Benfica

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Group A - Group Standings
    Manchester United FC2200716
    FC Basel 18932101533
    PFC CSKA Moskva2101353
    SL Benfica2002170
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    SL Benfica 1-2 PFC CSKA Moskva
    1-0 Seferović 50, 1-1 Vitinho 63 (P) , 1-2 Zhamaletdinov 71
    Bruno Varela, Lisandro López (89 Rafa Silva), Grimaldo (77 Barbosa), Luisão, Filipe Augusto, Jonas (69 Jiménez), Seferović, A. Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, André Almeida
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    FC Basel 1893 5-0 SL Benfica
    1-0 M. Lang 2, 2-0 Oberlin 20, 3-0 Van Wolfswinkel 60 (P) , 4-0 Oberlin 69, 5-0 Riveros 76
    Júlio César, Grimaldo, Luisão, Fejsa, Jiménez, Jonas (67 Seferović), A. Živković (74 Samaris), Pizzi, Cervi (46 Salvio), Jardel, André Almeida
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    SL Benfica-Manchester United FC
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Manchester United FC-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    PFC CSKA Moskva-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    SL Benfica-FC Basel 1893

Manchester United FC

  • UEFA Super Cup - Final
    Matchday 1 (08/08/2017)
    Real Madrid CF 2-1 Manchester United FC
    1-0 Casemiro 24, 2-0 Isco 52, 2-1 R. Lukaku 62
    De Gea, Lindelöf, Pogba, R. Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard (46 Rashford), Ander Herrera (56 Fellaini), Mkhitaryan, A. Valencia, Matić, Darmian
  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    Manchester United FC 3-0 FC Basel 1893
    1-0 Fellaini 35, 2-0 R. Lukaku 53, 3-0 Rashford 84
    De Gea, Lindelöf, Pogba (19 Fellaini), Juan Mata (77 Rashford), R. Lukaku, Martial (69 Lingard), Smalling, Blind, Young, Mkhitaryan, Matić
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    PFC CSKA Moskva 1-4 Manchester United FC
    0-1 R. Lukaku 4, 0-2 Martial 19 (P) , 0-3 R. Lukaku 27, 0-4 Mkhitaryan 57, 1-4 Kuchaev 90
    De Gea, Lindelöf, Bailly, R. Lukaku, Martial (72 Rashford), Smalling, Blind, Young (67 Darmian), Ander Herrera, Mkhitaryan (60 Lingard), Matić
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    SL Benfica-Manchester United FC
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Manchester United FC-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    FC Basel 1893-Manchester United FC
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    Manchester United FC-PFC CSKA Moskva

Last updated 29/09/2017 10:03CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

• In 2012/13, Chelsea became the first defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defended the UEFA Champions League trophy, with Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) have all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on matchday six in 2007/08 aged 43 years and 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Celestine Babayaro is the youngest player to have appeared; he was 16 years and 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994. He was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Peter Ofori-Quaye is the youngest player to have scored in the UEFA Champions League, aged 17 years and 195 days. He found the net in Olympiacos's 5-1 defeat at Rosenborg on 1 October 1997.

• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Eleven more players, also including Messi, have scored four times in a game, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid CF on matchday six in 2015/16.

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, eclipsing his own mark of nine goals in 2013/14, which Luiz Adriano matched in 2014/15. Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17; Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick on matchday three of the 2016/17 competition was his seventh in the competition, a record Ronaldo matched against Club Atlético de Madrid in the 2016/17 semi-finals.

• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 18 occasions, three more than Real Madrid and four more than Manchester United and FC Bayern München.

• Bayern München (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly hold the record for successive wins in the UEFA Champions League proper with ten. Bayern surpassed the previous mark of nine, set by Barcelona between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

• Six teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage) and Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15).

• Nineteen teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently Club Brugge KV and GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2016/17.

• Borussia Dortmund set a new group stage record by scoring 21 goals in 2016/17, eclipsing the old mark of 20 by Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14).

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13); Malmö FF shipped 21 in 2015/16.

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15) and Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) all let in just one.

• Before their 3-1 win against Sporting Clube de Portugal on matchday six of the 2006/07 campaign, Spartak Moskva went 22 games without a victory in the competition, a mark Steaua Bucureşti surpassed on matchday six in 2013/14.

• RSC Anderlecht hold the unwanted record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 12 in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. GNK Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to December 2012 and again from 29 September 2015 onwards.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and AS Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, eight teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02), Lokomotiv Moskva and eventual finalists Juventus (both 2002/03), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06) and Basel 1893 (2014/15).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03 – both second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and CFR 1907 Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14) and FC Porto (2015/16) all missed out with ten points.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.


Team facts Only this chapter

SL Benfica
Formed: 1904
Nickname: As Águias (The Eagles)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup (2): 1961, 1962, (1963), (1965), (1968), (1988), (1990)
• UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League: (1983), (2013), (2014)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 36 (2017)
Portuguese Cup: 26 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
round of 16
group stage
UEFA Europa League runners-up (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Europa League runners-up (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Europa League semi-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2009/10: UEFA Europa League quarter-finals
UEFA Cup group stage
UEFA Cup round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
10-0: Benfica v CS Stade Dudelange
05/10/65, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-8: CS Stade Dudelange v Benfica
30/09/65, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-5: Benfica v Manchester United FC
09/03/66, European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: RC Celta de Vigo v Benfica
25/11/99, UEFA Cup third round first leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest home win
3-0: Benfica v Celtic FC
01/11/06, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-2 three times, most recently v FC Dynamo Kyiv
19/10/16, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-2 twice, most recently Benfica v FC Zenit
16/09/14, group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: FC Basel 1893 v Benfica
27/09/17, group stage


Manchester United FC
Nickname: The Red Devils

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup (3): 1968, 1999, 2008, (2009), (2011)
• UEFA Europa League (1): 2017
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1991
• UEFA Super Cup (1): 1991, (1999), (2008), (2017)
• European/South American Cup (1): (1968), 1999

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 20 (2013)
FA Cup: 12 (2016)
League Cup: 5 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
2016/17: UEFA Europa League winners
UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
did not take part in UEFA competition
round of 16
UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2009/10: quarter-finals
2007/08: winners

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
10-0: Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht
26/09/56, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-6: Shamrock Rovers FC v Manchester United
25/09/57, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
2-3: three times, most recently v Athletic Club
08/03/12, UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg
1-2: Manchester United v Real Madrid CF
05/03/13, UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg
0-1: on seven occasions, most recently v CFR 1907 Cluj
05/12/12, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Sporting Clube de Portugal v Manchester United
18/03/64, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest home win
7-1: Manchester United v AS Roma
10/04/07, quarter-final second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5: Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Manchester United
27/11/13, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
2-3: twice, most recently v RC Deportivo La Coruña
17/10/01, first group stage
1-2: Manchester United v Real Madrid CF (see above for details)
0-1: on seven occasions, most recently v CFR 1907 Cluj (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
4-0: FC Barcelona v Manchester United
02/11/94, group stage



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on