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UEFA Champions League: FC Zenit - SL Benfica Match press kits

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FC ZenitFC ZenitSaint Petersburg Stadium - St PetersburgWednesday 2 October 2019
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Group G - Matchday 2
SL BenficaSL Benfica
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
09/03/2016R16FC Zenit - SL Benfica1-2
agg: 1-3
St PetersburgHulk 69; Gaitán 85, Talisca 90+6
16/02/2016R16SL Benfica - FC Zenit1-0
LisbonJonas 90+1
UEFA Champions League
26/11/2014GSFC Zenit - SL Benfica1-0
St PetersburgDanny 79
16/09/2014GSSL Benfica - FC Zenit0-2
LisbonHulk 5, Witsel 22
UEFA Champions League
06/03/2012R16SL Benfica - FC Zenit2-0
agg: 4-3
LisbonMaxi Pereira 45+1, Nélson Oliveira 90+3
15/02/2012R16FC Zenit - SL Benfica3-2
St PetersburgShirokov 27, 88, Semak 71; Maxi Pereira 20, Cardozo 87
FC Zenit320131020000630377
SL Benfica320131020000630377

FC Zenit - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
06/11/2013GSFC Zenit - FC Porto1-1St PetersburgHulk 28; Lucho González 23
22/10/2013GSFC Porto - FC Zenit0-1
PortoA. Kerzhakov 86
28/08/2013POFC Zenit - FC Paços de Ferreira4-2
agg: 8-3
St PetersburgDanny 29, 48, Bukharov 66, Arshavin 78 (P); Manuel José 67, Carlão 83
20/08/2013POFC Paços de Ferreira - FC Zenit1-4
PortoAndré Leão 58; Shirokov 27, 60, 90, Degra 85 (og)
UEFA Champions League
06/12/2011GSFC Porto - FC Zenit0-0Porto
28/09/2011GSFC Zenit - FC Porto3-1
St PetersburgShirokov 20, 63, Danny 72; James Rodríguez 10
UEFA Europa League
27/08/2009POFC Zenit - CD Nacional1-1
agg: 4-5
St PetersburgFatih Tekke 34; Rúben Micael 89
20/08/2009POCD Nacional - FC Zenit4-3
FunchalLuís Alberto 30, João Aurélio 37, Rodrigo Silva 53, Rúben Micael 73; Semshov 43, 55, Fatih Tekke 90+3
20/10/2005GSFC Zenit - Vitória SC2-1
St PetersburgSpivak 38 (P), Arshavin 53; Neca 59

SL Benfica - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
22/11/2017GSPFC CSKA Moskva - SL Benfica2-0
MoscowSchennikov 13, Jardel 56 (og)
12/09/2017GSSL Benfica - PFC CSKA Moskva1-2
LisbonSeferović 50; Vitinho 63 (P), Zhamaletdinov 71
UEFA Champions League
07/11/2012GSSL Benfica - FC Spartak Moskva2-0
LisbonCardozo 55, 69
23/10/2012GSFC Spartak Moskva - SL Benfica2-1
MoscowRafael Carioca 3, Jardel 43 (og); Lima 33
24/02/2005R3SL Benfica - PFC CSKA Moskva1-1
agg: 1-3
LisbonKaradas 63; Ignashevich 49
17/02/2005R3PFC CSKA Moskva - SL Benfica2-0
KrasnodarV. Berezutski 12, Vágner Love 60
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
31/10/1996R2FC Lokomotiv Moskva - SL Benfica2-3
agg: 2-4
MoscowSolomatin 9, Haras 58; Panduru 47, Donizete 62, João Pinto 87
17/10/1996R2SL Benfica - FC Lokomotiv Moskva1-0
LisbonJoão Pinto 9
08/12/1992R3SL Benfica - FC Dinamo Moskva2-0
agg: 4-2
LisbonIsaías 53, Rui Costa 59
25/11/1992R3FC Dinamo Moskva - SL Benfica2-2MoscowKalitvintsev 73, Derkach 84; Isaías 36, 54
European Champions Clubs' Cup
28/09/1977R1FC Torpedo Moskva - SL Benfica0-0
agg: 0-0 (aet, 1-4 pens)
14/09/1977R1SL Benfica - FC Torpedo Moskva0-0Lisbon
FC Zenit852173130000158342618
SL Benfica952292250000187472020

Last updated 24/09/2019 13:12CET

Match background Only this chapter

There has always been a winner when Zenit have played Benfica, and three points in St Petersburg on matchday two would be a welcome boost to either side's Group G prospects.

• While Zenit earned a 1-1 draw at Lyon on matchday one, Benfica slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Leipzig in Lisbon and will not want to lose further ground on the teams above them at this early stage.

Previous meetings
• Each side has recorded three victories – two at home and one away – in the teams' previous six meetings, with both Zenit and Benfica scoring seven goals.

See how Benfica beat Zenit in 2012 last-16 thriller

• The clubs last crossed paths in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16, Benfica winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.

• The Portuguese side had also come out on top when the teams met at the same stage of the 2011/12 competition, recovering from a 3-2 loss in Russia to go through thanks to a 2-0 victory in Lisbon.

• Zenit, however, held the upper hand in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage; they were 2-0 winners in Lisbon on matchday one before a 1-0 home success on matchday five. They finished third in the section, with Benfica fourth.

Form guide
• The matchday one draw at Lyon means Zenit have won only one of their last six European matches (D1 L4). That success, a 3-1 defeat of Fenerbahçe in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg, was their sixth European win in a row in St Petersburg, although they lost their most recent engagement there 3-1 to Villarreal in the last 16 of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League.

Highlights: Lyon 1-1 Zenit

• Zenit have also won 11 of their last 13 home matches in UEFA competition (D1 L1). Their record in St Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League group stage is W7 D8 L3.

• Defeat by Benfica in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16 – their last home match in the competition – ended Zenit's four-match winning run in St Petersburg in this competition.

• Zenit claimed their sixth USSR/Russian league title in 2018/19, and the first since 2015; their last five triumphs have all come from 2007 onwards.

• This is the St Petersburg outfit's seventh UEFA Champions League group campaign, and a first since 2015/16, when they reached the round of 16 for the third time.

• In 2018/19, Zenit's 12th successive European campaign, they began in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, staging an astonishing second-leg comeback against Dinamo Minsk in St Petersburg to win 8-1 after extra time following a shock 4-0 first-leg defeat in Belarus. They went on to beat Molde in the play-offs and finish first in a group including Slavia Praha, Bordeaux and Copenhagen, beating Fenerbahçe in the round of 32 before losing home (1-3) and away (1-2) against Villarreal in the round of 16.

• That 2016 defeat by Benfica is Zenit's only loss at home to Portuguese visitors (W5 D2).

Highlights: Benfica 1-2 Leipzig

• Defeat by Leipzig on matchday one means Benfica have won only two of their last 14 matches in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final (D1 L11).

• In 2018/19 Benfica finished third behind Bayern München and Ajax in Group E, advancing into the UEFA Europa League having picked up seven points. They went on to beat Galatasaray (2-1 aggregate) and Dinamo Zagreb (3-1 aggregate) only to succumb to Eintracht Frankfurt on away goals in the quarter-finals (4-2 h, 0-2 a).

• Benfica have been defeated in 13 of their last 24 European fixtures.

• Despite victories at PAOK, AEK and Galatasaray last season, Benfica have won only three of their last 13 fixtures outside Portugal (D2 L8).

• Benfica were unbeaten in their first three European matches in Russia (W1 D2) but the 2016 win at Zenit is the sole occasion they have avoided defeat in their last six visits. Their most recent trip, to CSKA Moskva in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage, ended in a 2-0 loss.

• Champions of Portugal for a record 37th time last season, Benfica are in the group stage for the 15th time, although only five of those previous 14 campaigns have extended into the last 16; they also reached the quarter-finals direct in 1994/95.

• The Lisbon giants have reached seven European Cup finals, winning the trophy in 1961 and 1962.

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Links and trivia
• Branislav Ivanović headed a late winner for Chelsea against Benfica in the 2013 UEFA Europa League final in Amsterdam.

• Ivanović played with Benfica's Ljubomir Fejsa and Andrija Živković for Serbia.

• Benfica's Russian goalkeeper Ivan Zlobin spent three years at CSKA Moskva's youth academy before moving to Portugal in 2015, joining Benfica the following year.

• Yordan Osorio moved to Portugal in 2017, when he signed for Tondela. He joined Porto in summer 2018 and spent last season with Vitória SC, making his Liga debut in a 3-2 defeat against Benfica on 10 August 2018; he is on loan at Zenit from Porto.

• Zenit's Emanuel Mammana and Matías Kranevitter and Franco Cervi of Benfica are all Argentina internationals.

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Summer transfers
In: Douglas Santos (Hamburg), Aleksei Sutormin (Rubin), Aleksandr Vasyutin (Sarpsborg), Malcom (Barcelona), Danil Krugovoi (Ufa), Yordan Osorio (Porto, loan), Vyacheslav Karavaev (Vitesse)
Out: Luís Neto (Sporting), Aleksandr Anyukov (Krylya Sovetov), Yuri Lodygin (Gazişehir Gaziantep), Andrey Panyukov (Ural), Claudio Marchisio (released), Dmitri Poloz (Sochi), Hernani (Parma, loan), Egor Baburin (Rostov), Christian Noboa (Sochi), Anton Zabolotny (Sochi), Luka Djordjević (Lokomotiv), Danil Krugovoi (Ufa, loan), Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit to Sampdoria, loan), Miha Mevlja (Sochi), Denis Terentiev (Ufa, loan)

• Zenit went down 1-0 at Lokomotiv Moskva on Saturday to lose the leadership of the Russian Premier League; three wins in a row, including a 5-0 defeat of Rubin Kazan on 21 September, had taken them top.

• The St Petersburg club have scored nine goals in their last four league matches, conceding only two.

• Artem Dzyuba has five goals and five assists in the league this season.

• Zenit beat Yenisey 2-1 in Krasnoyarsk in the Russian Cup round of 32 on 25 September, and will play host to Tom Tomsk in the next round on 29 October.

• Zenit lost 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moskva in the Russian Super Cup on 6 July.

• Malcom has not played since 10 August due to a thigh injury.

• Sardar Azmoun limped off with an ankle problem at Lyon on matchday one, returning to play 60 minutes at Lokomotiv.

• Sebastián Driussi suffered concussion against Rubin but was fit enough to play 82 minutes on Saturday.

Great matchday two goals down the years

Summer transfers
In: Jhonder Cádiz (Vitória FC), Caio Lucas (al-Ain), Chiquinho (Moreirense), Raúl de Tomás (Real Madrid), Carlos Vinícius (Napoli)
Out: Raúl Jiménez (Wolves), Bruno Varela (Ajax, loan), Diogo Gonçalves (Famalicão, loan), João Félix (Atlético Madrid), Filip Krovinović (West Brom, loan), Alfa Semedo (Nottingham Forest, loan), Yuri Ribeiro (Nottingham Forest), Cristian Lema (Newell's Old Boys), Eduardo Salvio (Boca Juniors), Chris Willock (West Brom, loan)

• The Eagles have kicked off their defence of the Liga title with six wins in seven matches, suffering only one defeat – a 2-0 loss at home to Porto on 24 August.

• That defeat ended Benfica's 11-match winning run in the league; they have won 15 of their last 16 matches in the competition, beating Vitória FC 1-0 in Lisbon on Saturday, Carlos Vinícius returning from a thigh injury to score the only goal of the game.

• Benfica have scored 46 goals in their last 14 league matches.

• A 2-1 success at Moreirense on 21 September made it 12 consecutive away wins in the league, and 15 victories in Benfica's last 16 away games in the competition.

• Benfica kicked off their Portuguese League Cup campaign with a goalless group stage draw at home to Vitória SC on 25 September, a match that marked Ivan Zlobin's senior debut in goal.

• Benfica captain André Almeida limped off after 78 minutes on Saturday with a thigh injury and will miss the match at Zenit.

• Gabriel was out between 4 August and that game against Vitória SC due a knee injury.

• Midfielder Gedson Fernandes returned to action against Moreirense having recovered from a foot injury suffered in pre-season.

• Chiquinho has been sidelined since the Porto match on 24 August with a thigh problem. Germán Conti (thigh) and Florentino (knee) are both out of action.

• Benfica won the Portuguese Super Cup on 4 August with a 5-0 win against Lisbon rivals Sporting CP.


Squad list Only this chapter

FC Zenit - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
41Mikhail KerzhakovRUS28/01/198732 - ------2-12-
70Nikita GoyloRUS10/08/199821 - ----------
78Aleksandr VasyutinRUS04/03/199524 - --------11-
86Nikolai RybikovRUS05/01/200019 - ----------
99Andrei LunevRUS13/11/199127 - --1-11-1-24-
3Douglas SantosBRA22/03/199425 - --1-11-1-1-
4Yordan OsorioVEN10/05/199425 - --1---1-1-
6Branislav IvanovićSRB22/02/198435 - --1-11159710715
15Vyacheslav KaravaevRUS20/05/199524 - --1-2-2-211
19Igor SmolnikovRUS08/08/198831 - ----8-15-44-
24Emanuel MammanaARG10/02/199623 - ----1-1-19-
44Yaroslav Rakits'kyyUKR03/08/198930 - --1-11-541873
87Danila ProkhinRUS24/05/200118 - ----------
5Wílmar BarriosCOL16/10/199325 - --1-11-1-5-
14Daler KuzyaevRUS15/01/199326 - --1-7-1-213
17Oleg ShatovRUS29/07/199029 - --1-32213597
18Yuri ZhirkovRUS20/08/198336 - --1-101322977
20Róbert MakSVK08/03/199128 - ----21--4116
21Aleksandr ErokhinRUS13/10/198929 - ----816-576
27Magomed OzdoevRUS05/11/199226 - --1-1021-251
32Matías KranevitterARG21/05/199326 - ----1-5-25-
38Leon MusaevRUS25/01/199920 - --------1-
55Kirill KaplenkoRUS15/06/199920 - ----------
84Ilya VorobyovRUS11/07/199920 - ----------
91Aleksei SutorminRUS10/01/199425 - ----92----
7Sardar AzmounIRN01/01/199524 - --11102732110
8MalcomBRA26/02/199722 - ----2-3151
11Sebastian DriussiARG09/02/199623 - --1-811-272
22Artem DzyubaRUS22/08/198831 - --1-1151465820
-Sergei SemakRUS27/02/197643 - --1---2-16-
SL Benfica - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Mile SvilarBEL27/08/199920 - ------3-3-
51Celton BiaiPOR13/08/200019 - ----------
72Ivan ZlobinRUS07/03/199722 - ----------
98Fábio DuartePOR11/05/199821 - ----------
99Odisseas VlachodimosGRE26/04/199425 - --1-7-7-21-
2German ContiARG06/06/199425 - ------3-3-
3Álex GrimaldoESP20/09/199524 - --1-7-152243
6Rúben DiasPOR14/05/199722 - --1-7-8-181
23Tyronne EbuehiNED16/12/199523 - ----------
33JardelBRA29/03/198633 - ------29-463
34André AlmeidaPOR10/09/199029 - ----4-36-56-
71Nuno TavaresPOR26/01/200019 - ----31----
75Branimir KalaicaCRO01/06/199821 - ----------
82João FerreiraPOR22/03/200118 - ----------
84Tomás TavaresPOR07/03/200118 - --1-1-1-1-
89Pedro ÁlvaroPOR02/03/200019 - ----------
97FerroPOR26/03/199722 - --1-7-1-51
5Ljubomir FejsaSRB14/08/198831 - --1-3-321601
8GabrielPOR18/09/199326 - ----1-4-8-
17Andrija ŽivkovićSRB11/07/199623 - ------8-365
19ChiquinhoPOR19/07/199524 - ----3-----
21PizziPOR06/10/198929 - --1-7632-432
22Andreas SamarisGRE13/06/198930 - ----3-25-28-
27Rafa SilvaPOR17/05/199326 - --1-7211-293
49Adel TaarabtFRA24/05/198930 - --1-6-3-6-
61FlorentinoPOR19/08/199920 - ----4---3-
68Rafael BritoPOR19/01/200217 - ----------
83Gedson FernandesPOR09/01/199920 - ----2-61162
86Tiago DantasPOR24/12/200018 - ----------
88Gonçalo RamosPOR20/06/200118 - ----------
7CaioBRA19/04/199425 - ----3-----
9Raúl De TomásESP17/10/199424 - --1-6-1-1-
11Franco CerviARG26/05/199425 - --1---172253
14Haris SeferovićSUI22/02/199227 - --1172173265
73JotaPOR30/03/199920 - --1-4-1-2-
77Nuno SantosPOR02/03/199920 - ----------
92David TavaresPOR18/03/199920 - --1---1-1-
95Carlos ViníciusBRA25/03/199524 - ----52----
-Bruno LagePOR12/05/197643 - --------6-

Last updated 02/10/2019 09:11CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Sergei Semak

Date of birth: 27 February 1976
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: Presnya Moskva, Karelia Petrozavodsk, Asmaral Moskva, CSKA Moskva, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Moskva, Rubin, Zenit
Coaching career: Zenit (assistant, caretaker), Russia (assistant), Ufa, Zenit

• A midfielder, Semak made his Russian top-flight debut as a teenager for Presnya Moskva – later renamed Asmaral – before switching to CSKA, where he was a club mainstay from 1994–2004, making 289 league appearances and scoring 69 goals. He collected his first major honour in 2002, lifting the Russian Cup with CSKA, with a maiden Premier-Liga championship following in 2003.

• Won the first of his 65 caps for Russia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Italy in Naples (0-1); travelled to Japan for the 2002 World Cup and later captained Guus Hiddink's side to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008.

• Struck four goals in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League – all against Paris – prompting the French outfit to buy him that winter, which caused him to miss out on CSKA's UEFA Cup triumph.

• A lack of success in Ligue 1 brought him back to Russia 12 months later, to FC Moskva; after two good seasons he joined Rubin for the 2008 campaign and went on to skipper the team from Tatarstan to consecutive Premier-Liga crowns. Left Rubin for Zenit midway through the 2010 campaign and proceeded to win the 2010 and 2011/12 titles, meaning he was a champion for four straight seasons.

• Having hung up his boots in 2013, Semak worked as Luciano Spalletti's assistant at Zenit, stepping in as caretaker coach after the Italian was dismissed that March. Also worked as assistant to Spalletti's successor André Villas-Boas and the Russia national team before taking charge of Ufa in December 2016; returned to Zenit as head coach 18 months later and led the St Petersburg club to the 2018/19 Russian league title.


Bruno Lage

Date of birth: 12 May 1976
Nationality: Portuguese
Coaching career: Vitória FC (youth), GDR 1.º Maio (youth), Fazendense (assistant), Comércio e Indústria, Benfica (youth, B team), Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai (U19, B team), Sheffield Wednesday (assistant), Swansea (assistant), Benfica B, Benfica

• Born in Setubal, hometown of José Mourinho, Bruno Miguel Silva do Nascimento uses Lage as a family name in homage to his father, former local player and coach Fernando Lage. With a low-key playing career in local clubs, Bruno hung up his boots early and graduated with a degree in physical education; started his coaching career aged just 21 as youth-team assistant at Setubal side Vitória FC.

• After spells with several local youth clubs, he got the first-team job at non-professional Comércio e Indústria in 2001/02, moving on to Benfica in 2004. In eight years at the Eagles he coached all youth levels, winning the 2008/09 Under-15 and 2010/11 U17 league championships with teams featuring the likes of Bruno Varela, João Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rony Lopes and Hélder Costa.

• Opted for a new challenge in summer 2012 with UAE side Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai, coaching their Under-19 and B teams over two years; then linked up with Carlos Carvalhal in England, working as assistant to his compatriot at both Sheffield Wednesday (2015–17) and Swansea (2018).

• Returned to Portugal after eight years abroad and was unveiled as the new coach of Benfica B in July 2018; only took charge of 15 matches before replacing Rui Vitória as head coach of the first team on 3 January 2019; given the job full time on 14 January and signed a contract until 2023 the following month.

• Lage – who has written two books on training and grassroots football, one of them with Carvalhal – took over with Benfica fourth in the Liga, seven points behind Porto; 18 wins and a draw in 19 matches later, the Eagles claimed their 37th league title having scored 103 goals, equalling the club record, with Lage voted coach of the season by his top-flight coaching colleagues and club captains.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeCarlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesJuan Carlos Yuste (ESP) , Roberto Alonso (ESP)
  • Video Assistant RefereeJosé María Sánchez (ESP)
  • Assistant Video Assistant RefereeJuan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
  • Fourth officialGuillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
  • UEFA DelegateCharles Schaack (LUX)
  • UEFA Referee observerJan W. Wegereef (NED)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Carlos del Cerro Grande13/03/19761132

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
21/08/2019UCLPOOlympiacos FCFC Krasnodar4-0Piraeus

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
10/12/2013UYLGSSL BenficaParis Saint-Germain1-1Seixal
24/08/2017UELPOFC ZenitFC Utrecht2-0St Petersburg
30/08/2018UELPOMolde FKFC Zenit2-1Molde
21/08/2019UCLPOOlympiacos FCFC Krasnodar4-0Piraeus

Last updated 30/09/2019 11:29CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

FC ZenitFixtures and results
14/07/2019LeagueTambov (H)W 2-1Erokhin 46, Dzyuba 48
21/07/2019LeaguePFC Sochi (A)W 2-0Azmoun 30 (P), Ozdoev 88
28/07/2019LeagueFC Orenburg (A)W 2-0Azmoun 1, Dzyuba 55 (P)
03/08/2019LeagueFC Krasnodar (H)D 1-1Dzyuba 90+1
10/08/2019LeagueFC Dinamo Moskva (A)W 2-0Dzyuba 10, Ozdoev 88
17/08/2019LeagueFC Akhmat Grozny (H)D 0-0
24/08/2019LeagueFC Ufa (A)L 0-1
01/09/2019LeagueFC Spartak Moskva (A)W 1-0Zhirkov 41
13/09/2019LeagueFC Arsenal Tula (H)W 3-1Dzyuba 5, Driussi 66 (P), Shatov 88
17/09/2019UCLOlympique Lyonnais (A)D 1-1Azmoun 41
21/09/2019LeagueFC Rubin (H)W 5-0Ivanović 58, Sutormin 65, 75, Mak 82, Shatov 87
25/09/2019CupFC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk (A)W 2-1Sutormin 58 (P), Mak 63
28/09/2019LeagueFC Lokomotiv Moskva (A)L 0-1
02/10/2019UCLSL Benfica (H)
06/10/2019LeagueFC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (A)
19/10/2019LeagueFC Rostov (H)
23/10/2019UCLRB Leipzig (A)
27/10/2019LeaguePFC Krylya Sovetov Samara (A)
02/11/2019LeaguePFC CSKA Moskva (H)
05/11/2019UCLRB Leipzig (H)
10/11/2019LeagueFC Arsenal Tula (A)
23/11/2019LeagueFC Rubin (A)
27/11/2019UCLOlympique Lyonnais (H)
01/12/2019LeagueFC Spartak Moskva (H)
06/12/2019LeagueFC Dinamo Moskva (H)
10/12/2019UCLSL Benfica (A)
01/03/2020LeagueFC Lokomotiv Moskva (H)
08/03/2020LeagueFC Ufa (H)
15/03/2020LeagueFC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (H)
22/03/2020LeaguePFC CSKA Moskva (A)
05/04/2020LeaguePFC Krylya Sovetov Samara (H)
12/04/2020LeagueTambov (A)
19/04/2020LeagueFC Krasnodar (A)
26/04/2020LeaguePFC Sochi (H)
03/05/2020LeagueFC Akhmat Grozny (A)
10/05/2020LeagueFC Orenburg (H)
17/05/2020LeagueFC Rostov (A)
1PFC CSKA Moskva1181218825
2FC Lokomotiv Moskva11722181023
3FC Rostov11722201423
4FC Krasnodar11722231223
5FC Zenit1172218523
6FC Ufa11434111015
7FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast11425172314
8FC Arsenal Tula11425131614
9FC Spartak Moskva11425121314
10PFC Sochi11335101312
11FC Orenburg11326151911
12PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara11326151611
13FC Rubin1132661511
14FC Dinamo Moskva1124581210
15FC Akhmat Grozny112367179
SL BenficaFixtures and results
10/08/2019LeagueFC Paços de Ferreira (H)W 5-0Tavares 26, Pizzi 32 (P), 74, Seferović 70, Carlos Vinícius 84
17/08/2019LeagueOs Belenenses (A)W 2-0Rafa Silva 58, Pizzi 90+2
24/08/2019LeagueFC Porto (H)L 0-2
01/09/2019LeagueSC Braga (A)W 4-0Pizzi 25 (P), 47, Bruno Viana 51 (og), Ricardo Esgaio 73 (og)
14/09/2019LeagueGil Vicente FC (H)W 2-0Nogueira de Paula 45 (og), Pizzi 53
17/09/2019UCLRB Leipzig (H)L 1-2Seferović 84
21/09/2019LeagueMoreirense FC (A)W 2-1Rafa Silva 85, Seferović 90+1
28/09/2019LeagueVitória FC (H)W 1-0Carlos Vinícius 63
02/10/2019UCLFC Zenit (A)
23/10/2019UCLOlympique Lyonnais (H)
27/10/2019LeagueCD Tondela (A)
30/10/2019LeaguePortimonense SC (H)
02/11/2019LeagueRio Ave FC (H)
05/11/2019UCLOlympique Lyonnais (A)
09/11/2019LeagueCD Santa Clara (A)
27/11/2019UCLRB Leipzig (A)
30/11/2019LeagueCS Marítimo (H)
06/12/2019LeagueBoavista FC (A)
10/12/2019UCLFC Zenit (H)
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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

FC Zenit

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Group G - Group Standings
    RB Leipzig1100213
    FC Zenit1010111
    Olympique Lyonnais1010111
    SL Benfica1001120
    Matchday 1 (17/09/2019)
    Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 FC Zenit
    0-1 Azmoun 41, 1-1 Depay 51 (P)
    Lunev, Douglas Santos, Osorio, Barrios, Ivanović, Azmoun (46 Ozdoev), Driussi, Karavaev (78 Shatov), Zhirkov (64 Kuzyaev), Dzyuba, Rakits'kyy
  • Matchday 2 (02/10/2019)
    FC Zenit-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 3 (23/10/2019)
    RB Leipzig-FC Zenit
  • Matchday 4 (05/11/2019)
    FC Zenit-RB Leipzig
  • Matchday 5 (27/11/2019)
    FC Zenit-Olympique Lyonnais
  • Matchday 6 (10/12/2019)
    SL Benfica-FC Zenit

SL Benfica

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (17/09/2019)
    SL Benfica 1-2 RB Leipzig
    0-1 Werner 69, 0-2 Werner 78, 1-2 Seferović 84
    Vlachodimos, Grimaldo, Fejsa, Rúben Dias, De Tomás, Cervi (76 Seferović), Pizzi (76 Rafa Silva), Taarabt, Jota (67 David Tavares), Tavares, Ferro
  • Matchday 2 (02/10/2019)
    FC Zenit-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 3 (23/10/2019)
    SL Benfica-Olympique Lyonnais
  • Matchday 4 (05/11/2019)
    Olympique Lyonnais-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 5 (27/11/2019)
    RB Leipzig-SL Benfica
  • Matchday 6 (10/12/2019)
    SL Benfica-FC Zenit

Last updated 20/09/2019 11:18CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

Overall records
• 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 defend the UEFA Champions League trophy, with AC 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.

• Real Madrid then made it three wins in a row in 2017/18, becoming the fourth club to win three or more successive titles in European Cup history, and the first to do it twice.

• 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.

Group stage
• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 20 occasions, four more than Real Madrid and five more than Bayern München and Manchester United. Barça also hold the record for the most unbeaten group stage campaigns with 12, four more than Real Madrid.

• 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).

• Twenty-one teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently AEK Athens in 2018/19.

• In 2017/18, Paris Saint-Germain set a new group stage record by scoring 25 goals, with Liverpool (23) also eclipsing the old mark of 21 set by Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17. Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14) all managed 20.

• 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 group stage 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 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), Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) and Barcelona (2017/18) all let in just one.

• Matchday six of the 2013/14 marked FCSB's 23rd successive game in the competition without a victory, surpassing the previous record of 22 set by Spartak Moskva between December 2000 and November 2006.

• 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. Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to November 2012 and ongoing since September 2015.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, nine teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02, second group stage), in 2002/03 Lokomotiv Moskva (first group stage) and eventual finalists Juventus (second group stage), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06), Galatasaray (2013/14) and Basel (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, second group stage), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03, second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14) and Porto (2015/16) all missed out with ten points.

Goalscoring records
• 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 on matchday six in 2015/16.

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League group stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, eclipsing his own mark of nine in 2013/14, which Luiz Adriano matched in 2014/15 and Ronaldo himself equalled in 2017/18. Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17; Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi, Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) and Robert Lewandowski (2018/19) managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick against PSV Eindhoven on matchday one of the 2018/19 competition was his eighth in the competition, a mark Ronaldo matched against Atlético Madrid in that season's round of 16 second leg.

Oldest and youngest players
• 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.


Team facts Only this chapter

FC Zenit
Formed: 1925
Nickname: Sine-belo-golubye (Blue-White-Sky Blues)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup (1): 2008
• UEFA Super Cup (1): 2008

Domestic honours (latest triumph in brackets)
League title: 6 (2019)
USSR/Russian Cup: 4 (2016)

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

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
8-0: Zenit v Encamp
29/08/02, UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Vardar
14/09/17, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Zenit v Bologna
16/09/99, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0 twice, most recently v Stuttgart
01/11/89, UEFA Cup second round second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
3-1 twice, most recently v Lyon
20/10/15, group stage
2-0: Zenit v Valencia
24/11/15, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-2 three times, most recently v Lyon
04/11/15, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
2-4: Zenit v Borussia Dortmund
25/02/14, round of 16 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
4-1: Austria Wien v Zenit
11/12/13, group stage
3-0 twice, most recently v Málaga
18/09/12, group stage


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: 37 (2019)
Portuguese Cup: 26 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
group stage
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 club competition
• Biggest home win
10-0: Benfica v Stade Dudelange
05/10/65, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round second leg

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

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

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: Celta 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
01/11/06, group stage

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

• Heaviest home defeat
0-2 four times, most recently v Bayern
19/09/18, group stage

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