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UEFA Champions League: SL Benfica - FC Basel 1893 Match press kits

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SL BenficaSL BenficaEstádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - LisbonTuesday 5 December 2017
20.45CET (19.45 local time)
Group A - Matchday 6
FC Basel 1893FC Basel 1893
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
27/09/2017GSFC Basel 1893 - SL Benfica5-0
BaselM. Lang 2, Oberlin 20, 69, Van Wolfswinkel 60 (P), Riveros 76
UEFA Champions League
02/11/2011GSSL Benfica - FC Basel 18931-1LisbonRodrigo 4; Huggel 64
18/10/2011GSFC Basel 1893 - SL Benfica0-2
BaselBruno César 20, Cardozo 75
SL Benfica101021010000311136
FC Basel 1893210110100000311163

SL Benfica - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

08/12/1982R3SL Benfica - FC Zürich4-0
agg: 5-1
LisbonFilipović 9, Diamantino 51, Nené 60, 86 (P)
24/11/1982R3FC Zürich - SL Benfica1-1ZurichRufer 79; Filipović 87
European Champions Clubs' Cup
09/12/1964R1SL Benfica - FC La Chaux-de-Fonds5-0
agg: 6-1
LisbonColuna 35, Torres 40, 66, 85, Eusébio 53
04/11/1964R1FC La Chaux-de-Fonds - SL Benfica1-1La Chaux-de-FondsAntenen 37; Torres 6

FC Basel 1893 - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
05/11/2015GSOs Belenenses - FC Basel 18930-2
LisbonJanko 45+1 (P), Embolo 64
22/10/2015GSFC Basel 1893 - Os Belenenses1-2
BaselM. Lang 15; Leal 27, Kuca 45+1
UEFA Champions League
10/03/2015R16FC Porto - FC Basel 18934-0
agg: 5-1
PortoBrahimi 14, Herrera 47, Casemiro 56, Aboubakar 76
18/02/2015R16FC Basel 1893 - FC Porto1-1BaselGonzález 11; Danilo 79 (P)
UEFA Europa League
22/11/2012GSFC Basel 1893 - Sporting Clube de Portugal3-0
BaselSchär 23, Stocker 66, D. Degen 71
20/09/2012GSSporting Clube de Portugal - FC Basel 18930-0Lisbon
UEFA Champions League
09/12/2008GSFC Basel 1893 - Sporting Clube de Portugal0-1
BaselYannick Djaló 19
01/10/2008GSSporting Clube de Portugal - FC Basel 18932-0
LisbonZanni 55 (og), Derlei 86
27/08/2008QR3FC Basel 1893 - Vitória SC2-1
agg: 2-1
BaselStocker 11, Derdiyok 54; Fajardo 15 (P)
13/08/2008QR3Vitória SC - FC Basel 18930-0Guimaraes
21/02/2008R3FC Basel 1893 - Sporting Clube de Portugal0-3
agg: 0-5
BaselPereirinha 2, Liedson 41, 51
13/02/2008R3Sporting Clube de Portugal - FC Basel 18932-0
LisbonS. Vukčević 8, 58
SL Benfica3210412100007331148
FC Basel 1893831471330000154471519

Last updated 24/11/2017 10:10CET

Match background Only this chapter

A famous last-gasp win on matchday five has kept FC Basel 1893 in contention for a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds as they conclude their Group A campaign at point-less SL Benfica.

• Michael Lang scored the Swiss champions' 89th-minute winner against section leaders Manchester United FC last time out, leaving Basel on nine points, level with PFC CSKA Moskva and three behind United.

• That means Basel will go through if they better CSKA's result away to United, or if both teams draw or lose due to their superior head-to-head. If CSKA and Basel win, the top two will be decided in a three-way head to head, and Basel would be through unless CSKA win by a margin of between three and six goals inclusive.

• Benfica, who suffered their heaviest UEFA Champions League defeat in losing 5-0 at Basel on matchday two – also the Swiss side's record win in the competition – will finish bottom.

Previous meetings
• The teams were also paired in the 2011/12 group stage. Benfica had the upper hand, collecting four points from their two fixtures.

• Goals in each half from Bruno César (20) and Óscar Cardozo (75) gave the Portuguese side three points in Basel on matchday three. They ended with ten men after Emerson's 86th-minute dismissal for a second yellow card.

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

• The sides at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 2 November 2011 were:
Benfica: Artur, Luisão, Bruno César, Garay, Maxi Pereira, Luís Martins (Miguel Vítor 64), Witsel, Matić, Aimar (Cardozo 73), Gaitán (Nolito 82), Rodrigo.
Basel: Sommer, Park, Dragović, Abraham, Steinhöfer, G Xhaka (Cabral 81), Huggel, Chipperfield (Kusunga 89), F Frei, Zoua (Pak 90+3), Shaqiri.

• Benfica ultimately won the section, going on to lose to eventual champions Chelsea FC in the quarter-finals; Basel finished second in Group C and were beaten by FC Bayern München in the round of 16.

Match background

• The Portuguese side were unbeaten against Swiss clubs before crashing to defeat at Basel. Their previous record was W3 D3; W2 D1 at home.

• The 2011 draw against Basel is the only time Benfica have failed to win at home to Swiss visitors. They beat FC La Chaux-de-Fonds 5-0 in the 1964/65 European Champion Clubs' Cup (6-1 aggregate) and FC Zürich 4-0 in the 1982/83 UEFA Cup third round (5-1 aggregate) in their other two Lisbon fixtures.

• 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 finished bottom of their section in 2014/15 but 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.

• Benfica have won only one of their last nine European matches, home and away – the 1-0 victory against Dortmund in last season's round of 16 first leg – and lost the last six.

• Despite losing 2-1 to CSKA Moskva on matchday one and 1-0 against Manchester United in their third game, Benfica have lost only four of their last 13 European home games.

• Before this season, 19 clubs had lost all six games in a UEFA Champions League group stage. Benfica would become the first Portuguese side to suffer that fate should they lose to Basel.

• The Benfica success ended a winless run of nine European matches, home and away (D3 L6), since a 2-1 home success against AS Saint-Étienne on 25 February 2016.

• Basel's last trip to Portugal brought their first victory, a 2-0 win in Lisbon against Os Belenenses in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stage. Their previous record was D3 L3.

• The Swiss club lost their first away game in Group A 3-0 at Manchester United, but were then 2-0 winners at CSKA Moskva on matchday three.

• The CSKA success ended a six-game winless run in European away matches (D1 L5); Basel had won four of their previous five before that sequence.

• Basel qualified by winning an eighth successive Swiss title in 2016/17.

• This is their eighth group stage campaign, and their fourth in five years. Last term they came fourth in Group A, collecting just two points from their six outings. Basel last reached the round of 16 in 2014/15.

Coach and player links
• Ricky van Wolfswinkel played for Sporting Clube de Portugal between 2011 and 2013. He scored the only goal in a 1-0 Liga win against Benfica on 9 April 2012, with Luisão sent off late on, and was also on target in Sporting's 3-1 home defeat on 10 December that year. His record against Benfica with Sporting was W1 D0 L3.

• Van Wolfswinkel also scored two goals in four appearances against Vitória SC, then coached by current Benfica coach Rui Vitória (W2 D2).

• Haris Seferović got a goal and an assist in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-1 Bundesliga win against VfB Stuttgart on 29 August 2015; Geoffroy Serey Dié set up the Stuttgart goal.

• Marek Suchý played in FC Spartak Moskva's 2-1 home win and 0-2 away defeat against Benfica in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage.

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

• Andreas Samaris was on target in Greece's 2-1 defeat of Dié's Ivory Coast in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage.

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

Match facts

• Eduardo Salvio is a booking away from a ban.

• Benfica are trying to avoid becoming the Portuguese team with the worst single-season record in the group stage; Sporting CP's two-point haul in 2000/01 is currently the lowest.

• Benfica earned a goalless league draw at Porto on Friday night.

• Benfica had registered a fourth consecutive victory in the Portuguese Liga when beating Vitória FC 6-0 on 26 November, their best winning sequence in the league this term.

• Jonas scored his 100th goal for Benfica with a double in that game.

• Jonas scored in ten consecutive league games, surpassing Eusébio's record set 52 years ago, prior to the draw at Porto.

• Jonas has scored 15 league goals in 13 matches this season.

• Felipe Augusto missed Benfica's games against Vitória FC and Porto due to a foot injury.

• Rúben Dias underwent surgery for acute appendicitis and has not played since the international break.

• Taulant Xhaka returns from a one-match suspension; Éder Balanta is a booking away from a ban.

• Basel are through to the Swiss Cup semi-finals following a 2-1 win against FC Luzern on 29 November. They will play BSC Young Boys in the last four in February.

• Defender Michael Lang has scored seven goals in Basel's last five games, all wins.

• Basel are seven matches unbeaten away from home, winning five and conceding just three times in that run.

• Geoffroy Serey Dié and Kevin Bua have both been sidelined with muscle injuries.

• Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been out since breaking a metatarsal against SL Benfica on matchday two.

• Goalkeeper Germano Vailati is a long-term absentee following shoulder surgery.

• On 21 November Basel announced that Omar Gaber, who is currently ill, will spend 2018 on loan at Los Angeles FC.


Squad list Only this chapter

SL Benfica - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Mile SvilarBEL27/08/199918 - --2-3-2-2-
12Júlio CésarBRA03/09/197938 - --1-2-64-67-
30Bruno VarelaPOR04/11/199423 - --2-8-2-2-
51Celton BiaiPOR13/08/200017 - ----------
58Daniel AzevedoPOR12/02/199819 - ----------
98Fábio DuartePOR11/05/199819 - ----------
2Lisandro LópezARG01/09/198928 - --1-3-7-7-
3Alex GrimaldoESP20/09/199522 - --4-7-8-8-
4LuisãoBRA13/02/198136 - --4-13161512711
8DouglasBRA06/08/199027 - --2---2-2-
19EliseuPOR01/10/198334 - --2-6-264365
33JardelBRA29/03/198631 - --3-7-24-352
34André AlmeidaPOR10/09/199027 - --3-13229-42-
60Pedro AmaralPOR25/08/199720 - ----------
66Rúben DiasPOR14/05/199720 - --2-5-2-2-
89Pedro ÁlvaroPOR02/03/200017 - ----------
97Francisco FerreiraPOR26/03/199720 - ----------
5Ljubomir FejsaSRB14/08/198829 - --4-9-261471
6Filipe AugustoBRA12/08/199324 - --3-8-4-11-
7Andreas SamarisGRE13/06/198928 - --2-4124-24-
17Andrija ŽivkovićSRB11/07/199621 - --4-615-275
18Eduardo SalvioARG13/07/199027*--5-1143147514
21PizziPOR06/10/198928 - --5-13-24-27-
27Rafa SilvaPOR17/05/199324 - --1-4-4-163
61FlorentinoPOR19/08/199918 - ----------
79João FélixPOR10/11/199918 - ----------
83Gedson FernandesPOR09/01/199918 - ----------
90João CarvalhoPOR09/03/199720 - ----------
9Raúl JiménezMEX05/05/199126 - --5-12-224224
10JonasBRA01/04/198433 - --5-131529104512
11Gabriel BarbosaBRA30/08/199621 - --1-1-1-1-
14Haris SeferovićSUI22/02/199225 - --3111491112
22Franco CerviARG26/05/199423 - --3-101102102
70José GomesPOR08/04/199918 - ------1-1-
73João FilipePOR30/03/199918 - ----------
84Diogo GonçalvesPOR06/02/199720 - --3-5-3-3-
-Rui VitóriaPOR16/04/197047 - --5---22-22-
FC Basel 1893 - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Tomáš VaclíkCZE29/03/198928 - --5-17-19-43-
13Mirko SalviITA14/02/199423 - --------1-
18Germano VailatiSUI30/08/198037 - --------12-
41Jozef PukajSUI13/02/200017 - ----------
42Gion-Fadri ChandeSUI03/05/199819 - ----------
4Omar GaberEGY30/01/199225 - ----1-1-1-
5Michael LangSUI08/02/199126 - --52174102325
17Marek SuchýCZE29/03/198829 - --5-15-351972
23Éder BalantaCOL28/02/199324*--5-10-11-11-
25Blás RiverosPAR03/02/199819 - --2110-2121
35Pedro PachecoPOR27/01/199720 - ----------
36Manuel AkanjiSUI19/07/199522 - --5-17-5-6-
7Luca ZuffiSUI27/03/199027 - --51162182408
11Renato SteffenSUI03/11/199126 - --5-152101255
15Alexander FranssonSWE02/04/199423 - --2-9-4-7-
20Geoffroy Serey DiéCIV07/11/198433 - --3-11112-28-
24Mohamed ElyounoussiNOR04/08/199423 - --5-1548-247
28Raoul PetrettaITA24/03/199720 - --4-714-4-
29Derek KutesaSUI06/12/199719 - ----1-----
31Dominik SchmidSUI10/03/199819 - ----3-----
33Kevin BuaESP11/08/199324 - --2-1442-2-
34Taulant XhakaALB28/03/199126 - --4113-241451
39Davide CallàSUI06/10/198433 - ----4-8-273
9Ricky van WolfswinkelNED27/01/198928 - --2197214019
19Dimitri OberlinSUI27/09/199720 - --531235383
22Albian AjetiSUI26/02/199720 - --2-732-6-
27Neftali ManzambiSUI23/04/199720 - ----2-----
30Cédric IttenSUI27/12/199620 - --1-921-5-
37Afimico PululuFRA23/03/199918 - ----1-----
-Raphael WickySUI26/04/197740 - --5---5-5-

Last updated 05/12/2017 10:10CET

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.


Raphaël Wicky

Date of birth: 26 April 1977
Nationality: Swiss
Playing career: FC Sion (twice), SV Werder Bremen, Club Atlético de Madrid, Hamburger SV, CD Chivas USA
Coaching career: FC Thun (youth), Servette FC (youth) FC Basel 1893 (youth, reserves), FC Basel 1893

• A technically skilled and physically strong midfielder, Wicky's versatility proved an asset for club and country from the moment he debuted for Sion aged 16. He won the Swiss Cup three times and added a league title in 1996/97 before crossing the German border for Bremen.

• Wicky lifted the DFB-Pokal in his second year and made over 100 appearances for Werder before a short stint in Spain with Atlético in 2001; he swiftly returned to Germany, signing for Hamburg whom he would represent for six seasons.

• Wicky had his first Switzerland outing in April 1996, playing once at that year's UEFA European Championship; his 50th cap came just before UEFA EURO 2004 and he was a squad member at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, retiring from international football with 75 caps the following year.

• A fan of nature and spending his free time in the Swiss mountains, Wicky had a brief period working in Thun's youth set-up in 2009/10 before making his name as a talented youth coach during three years at Servette.

• In 2013 Basel approached him to take charge of their Under-18s and he guided the club's UEFA Youth League team in 2016/17 before stepping up to the senior side to replace Urs Fischer.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesAngel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP) , Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)
  • Additional assistant refereesAlejandro Hernandez (ESP) , Ricardo De Burgos (ESP)
  • Fourth officialJuan Yuste (ESP)
  • UEFA DelegateKari Iuell (NOR)
  • UEFA Referee observerMatteo Trefoloni (ITA)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Jesús Gil Manzano04/02/1984223

Jesús Gil Manzano

Referee since: 1995
First division: 2012
FIFA badge: 2014

Tournaments: 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


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

No such matches refereed

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

No such matches refereed

Last updated 04/12/2017 03:03CET

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 4
18/10/2017UCLManchester United FC (H)L 0-1
22/10/2017LeagueCD Aves (A)W 3-1Jonas 29 (P), 79 (P), Seferović 50
27/10/2017LeagueCD Feirense (H)W 1-0Jonas 11
31/10/2017UCLManchester United FC (A)L 0-2
05/11/2017LeagueVitória SC (A)W 3-1Jonas 22, Samaris 76, Salvio 79
18/11/2017CupVitória FC (H)W 2-0Cervi 25, Krovinović 80
22/11/2017UCLPFC CSKA Moskva (A)L 0-2
26/11/2017LeagueVitória FC (H)W 6-0Luisão 7, Jonas 39, 66, Salvio 48, André Almeida 68, A. Živković 87
01/12/2017LeagueFC Porto (A)D 0-0
05/12/2017UCLFC Basel 1893 (H)
09/12/2017LeagueEstoril Praia (H)
13/12/2017CupRio Ave FC (A)
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 Porto13103031533
2Sporting Clube de Portugal13103027833
3SL Benfica1393129830
4SC Braga13913251228
5CS Marítimo13733141024
6Rio Ave FC13625141020
7Vitória SC13625172220
8Boavista FC13526131417
9Portimonense SC13445222316
10Os Belenenses13517131716
11GD Chaves13436151915
12CD Aves13346121913
13CD Tondela13337162112
14FC Paços de Ferreira13337142612
15CD Feirense13328111811
16Vitória FC13247132310
17Moreirense FC131578218
18Estoril Praia132298268
FC Basel 1893Fixtures and results
22/07/2017LeagueBSC Young Boys (A)L 0-2
30/07/2017LeagueFC Luzern (H)W 3-1Elyounoussi 14, Bua 22, Van Wolfswinkel 78
05/08/2017LeagueFC Thun (A)W 3-0Van Wolfswinkel 3, Bua 29, Oberlin 90+4
10/08/2017LeagueGrasshopper Club Zürich (H)W 3-2Vilotić 28 (og), Van Wolfswinkel 43, 60 (P)
13/08/2017CupFC Wettswil-Bonstetten (A)W 2-0Xhaka 39, Zuffi 86
20/08/2017LeagueFC Lugano (H)D 1-1Van Wolfswinkel 62 (P)
27/08/2017LeagueFC Sion (A)D 1-1Van Wolfswinkel 7
09/09/2017LeagueFC Lausanne-Sport (H)L 1-2Van Wolfswinkel 29 (P)
12/09/2017UCLManchester United FC (A)L 0-3
17/09/2017CupFC Chiasso (A)W 1-0Itten 83
20/09/2017LeagueFC St Gallen (A)L 1-2Zuffi 89
23/09/2017LeagueFC Zürich (H)W 1-0Oberlin 62
27/09/2017UCLSL Benfica (H)W 5-0M. Lang 2, Oberlin 20, 69, Van Wolfswinkel 60 (P), Riveros 76
30/09/2017LeagueGrasshopper Club Zürich (A)D 0-0
14/10/2017LeagueFC Lugano (A)W 4-0Petretta 19, Al. Ajeti 39, Elyounoussi 74, Itten 86
18/10/2017UCLPFC CSKA Moskva (A)W 2-0Xhaka 29, Oberlin 90
21/10/2017LeagueFC Thun (H)W 2-1Zuffi 35, Al. Ajeti 61
25/10/2017CupFC Rapperswil-Jona (A)W 2-1Akanji 35, Oberlin 59
28/10/2017LeagueFC Zürich (A)D 0-0
31/10/2017UCLPFC CSKA Moskva (H)L 1-2Zuffi 32
05/11/2017LeagueBSC Young Boys (H)D 1-1Serey Dié 57
18/11/2017LeagueFC Sion (H)W 5-1M. Lang 56, Elyounoussi 57, Steffen 72 (P), Bua 76 (P), 90+2
22/11/2017UCLManchester United FC (H)W 1-0M. Lang 89
25/11/2017LeagueFC Luzern (A)W 4-1M. Lang 31, 90+2, Oberlin 69, Itten 81
29/11/2017CupFC Luzern (H)W 2-1M. Lang 14, 52
02/12/2017LeagueFC Lausanne-Sport (A)W 4-1Elyounoussi 7, Al. Ajeti 39, M. Lang 63, Steffen 66
05/12/2017UCLSL Benfica (A)
09/12/2017LeagueFC St Gallen (H)
17/12/2017LeagueGrasshopper Club Zürich (A)
03/02/2018LeagueFC Lugano (H)
10/02/2018LeagueFC Thun (A)
17/02/2018LeagueFC St Gallen (H)
24/02/2018LeagueFC Lausanne-Sport (A)
28/02/2018CupBSC Young Boys (A)
03/03/2018LeagueFC Zürich (H)
10/03/2018LeagueFC Luzern (A)
17/03/2018LeagueFC Sion (H)
31/03/2018LeagueBSC Young Boys (A)
07/04/2018LeagueFC Lugano (A)
14/04/2018LeagueFC Lausanne-Sport (H)
18/04/2018LeagueGrasshopper Club Zürich (H)
21/04/2018LeagueFC Sion (A)
28/04/2018LeagueFC Thun (H)
05/05/2018LeagueFC St Gallen (A)
09/05/2018LeagueBSC Young Boys (H)
13/05/2018LeagueFC Zürich (A)
19/05/2018LeagueFC Luzern (H)
1BSC Young Boys171133381736
2FC Basel 189317953341632
3FC Zürich17773221428
4FC St Gallen17737233224
5Grasshopper Club Zürich17656252423
6FC Lausanne-Sport17548263419
7FC Lugano17548172619
8FC Thun17539273118
9FC Luzern17458212917
10FC Sion17458192917

Last updated 04/12/2017 23:14CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

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    Group A - Group Standings
    Manchester United FC540110212
    FC Basel 18935302959
    PFC CSKA Moskva5302789
    SL Benfica50051120
    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 0-1 Manchester United FC
    0-1 Rashford 64
    Svilar, Grimaldo, Luisão, Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Douglas, Jiménez, Salvio (83 Cervi), Pizzi (59 A. Živković), Rúben Dias, Diogo Gonçalves (69 Jonas)
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Manchester United FC 2-0 SL Benfica
    1-0 Svilar 45 (og) , 2-0 Blind 78 (P)
    Svilar, Grimaldo (64 Eliseu), Fejsa, Samaris, Douglas, Jiménez (74 Seferović), Salvio, Pizzi (78 Jonas), Jardel, Rúben Dias, Diogo Gonçalves
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    PFC CSKA Moskva 2-0 SL Benfica
    1-0 Schennikov 13, 2-0 Jardel 56 (og)
    Bruno Varela, Luisão, Fejsa, Filipe Augusto (57 Jiménez), Jonas, Salvio, Eliseu (83 A. Živković), Pizzi, Jardel, André Almeida, Diogo Gonçalves (46 Cervi)
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    SL Benfica-FC Basel 1893

FC Basel 1893

  • 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
    Vaclík, M. Lang, Zuffi, Van Wolfswinkel (66 Bua), Steffen, Suchý, Balanta, Elyounoussi, Riveros (77 Oberlin), Xhaka, Akanji
  • 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
    Vaclík, M. Lang, Zuffi, Van Wolfswinkel, Steffen, Suchý, Oberlin (74 Elyounoussi), Balanta (80 Serey Dié), Petretta (68 Riveros), Xhaka, Akanji
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    PFC CSKA Moskva 0-2 FC Basel 1893
    0-1 Xhaka 29, 0-2 Oberlin 90
    Vaclík, M. Lang, Zuffi, Steffen (87 Bua), Suchý, Al. Ajeti (61 Oberlin), Balanta, Elyounoussi (93 Fransson), Petretta, Xhaka, Akanji
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    FC Basel 1893 1-2 PFC CSKA Moskva
    1-0 Zuffi 32, 1-1 Dzagoev 65, 1-2 Wernbloom 79
    Vaclík, M. Lang, Zuffi, Steffen, Suchý, Oberlin (71 Al. Ajeti), Balanta, Elyounoussi, Petretta (84 Itten), Xhaka (73 Serey Dié), Akanji
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    FC Basel 1893 1-0 Manchester United FC
    1-0 M. Lang 89
    Vaclík, M. Lang, Zuffi, Steffen, Suchý, Oberlin, Serey Dié (80 Fransson), Balanta, Elyounoussi, Petretta, Akanji
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    SL Benfica-FC Basel 1893

Last updated 24/11/2017 10:09CET

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 FCSB 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


FC Basel 1893
Formed: 1893
Nickname: Bebbi (local slang for Basel natives)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 20 (2017)
Swiss Cup: 12 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
group stage
2015/16: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2014/15: round of 16
2013/14: UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2012/13: UEFA Europa League semi-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2011/12: round of 16
2010/11: UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2009/10: UEFA Europa League group stage
2008/09: group stage
2007/08: UEFA Cup round of 32

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
7-0: Basel v SS Folgore
24/08/00, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5: Fram Reykjavík v Basel
18/09/73, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Basel v FC Barcelona
22/10/08, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: FC Bayern München v Basel
13/03/12, UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
5-0: Basel v SL Benfica
27/09/17, group stage

• Biggest away win
1-3: AS Roma v Basel
19/10/10, group stage
0-2 twice, most recently PFC CSKA Moskva v Basel
18/10/17, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Basel v FC Barcelona (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: FC Bayern München v Basel (see above for details)



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