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Benfica bid for eighth win in a row against Olympiacos

Both on three points after their first two games, SL Benfica and Olympiacos FC will be hoping to make up ground on Group C leaders Paris Saint-Germain FC when they meet on matchday three.

Benfica will be looking for more to celebrate when they take on Olympiacos
Benfica will be looking for more to celebrate when they take on Olympiacos ©AFP

SL Benfica and Olympiacos FC will both be looking for their second win in Group C when they come face to face in Lisbon on matchday three.

• Benfica followed their 2-0 home victory over RSC Anderlecht by losing 3-0 away to Paris Saint-Germain FC while the Greek champions went down 4-1 at home to PSG but bounced back in Belgium, winning 3-0.

Previous meetings
• The clubs met in Piraeus in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage when Olympiacos won 5-1. They took an early 3-0 lead with goals from Luciano Galletti (1), Christos Patsatzoglou (17) and Diogo (24) and led 4-1 at half-time after David Luiz (33) had pulled one back and Fernando Belluschi (44) had restored the three-goal difference. Diogo (53) completed the scoring; Maxi Pereira and Rúben Amorim both featured for Benfica with Óscar Cardozo on the bench and Avraam Papadopoulos in the home team.

• The teams at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium on 27 November 2008 were:
Olympiacos: Nikopolidis, Patsatzoglou, Domi, Galletti (Leto 59), Santo (Kovačević 69), P Djordjević, Antzas, Dudu, Papadopoulos, Belluschi (Óscar González 76), Pantos.
Benfica: Quim, Reyes, Maxi Pereira, David Luiz, Rúben Amorim (Javier Balboa 59), Binya, Jorge Ribeiro, Yebda (Carlos Martins 76), Sidnei, Suazo, Nuno Gomes (Urreta 56).

• The sides had met in the 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round, when Benfica enjoyed 1-0 wins home and away. In the second round of the same competition ten years later, the aggregate score was 3-1 in the Portuguese side's favour, the Lisbon game ending 3-0 to the home side.

• Their five games to date have produced three wins for Benfica and two for Olympiacos. The Greek side have still to score in the Portuguese capital.

• Including those five matches, Olympiacos have played 11 matches against Portuguese opposition. Their away record is W0 D1 L4.

• Benfica have also played 11 games against Greek sides overall, winning four and losing one at home. The sole reverse was a 2-1 loss against PAOK FC in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup second round second leg; having won by the same score away, Benfica won the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-1.

Match background
• Benfica, in their ninth UEFA Champions League campaign and on a run of seven successive home wins in Europe, finished third in their group last season. At home they lost 2-0 to FC Barcelona before beating FC Spartak Moskva 2-0 and Celtic FC 2-1.

• The Portuguese side subsequently entered the UEFA Europa League and won all four home games en route to the final, where they lost 2-1 to Chelsea FC.

• Olympiacos, in the group stage for the 15th time and a third season in succession, reached the 1998/99 quarter-finals.

• Last season they finished third in Group B, losing at Arsenal FC and FC Schalke 04 and winning 2-1 at Montpellier Hérault SC. The previous season they also finished third in their section, losing away against Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund while winning in France against Olympique de Marseille.

Team ties
• Javier Saviola spent three seasons with Benfica from 2009 to 2012, winning the Portuguese title in 2009/10 and the League Cup three times. In 122 matches he scored 39 goals.

• Saviola and fellow Argentinian Ezequiel Garay were team-mates at Benfica in 2011/12 having also played together at Real Madrid CF in 2008/09.

• Roberto played for Benfica in 2010/11, helping them reach the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. He made 41 starts.

• Ljubomir Fejsa spent two seasons at Olympiacos before moving to Benfica this summer. He made 33 appearances, scoring once.

• Paulo Machado is a product of FC Porto's youth system and faced Benfica on six occasions with CF Estrela da Amadora, UD Leiria and Leixões SC. He scored Amadora's goal in a 2-1 home defeat by Benfica on 4 March 2006.

• Machado is a team-mate of Rúben Amorim, Sílvio, André Almeida and André Gomes with Portugal.

• Leandro Salino faced Benfica 12 times while with CD Nacional and SC Braga. In the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League semi-finals he helped Braga overcome Benfica to advance to the final.

• During three years at Braga, Salino was a team-mate of Sílvio, Artur, Lima and Rúben Amorim.

• The Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica has special meaning for Greek football as it is where Greece were crowned UEFA EURO 2004 champions by beating Portugal 1-0.

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