Anderlecht in need of first win against Benfica

RSC Anderlecht's game against SL Benfica pits Group C's bottom two teams against each other, the Portuguese side having won the matchday one fixture 2-0.

Luisão (No4) and Filip Djuričić (No10) celebrate their goals against Anderlecht on matchday one
Luisão (No4) and Filip Djuričić (No10) celebrate their goals against Anderlecht on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

The two teams with most to do in Group C meet in Brussels on matchday five with RSC Anderlecht needing to turn round SL Benfica's 2-0 victory in Lisbon.

• That win came via goals from Filip Djuričić and captain Luisão. Anderlecht then lost to Olympiacos FC (0-3) and Paris Saint-Germain (0-5) but gained their first point on matchday four with a 1-1 draw in France. Benfica lost 3-0 to Paris on matchday two but took only one point from two fixtures with Olympiacos to leave them on four points, three behind the Greek club and six adrift of PSG.

• Anderlecht therefore need to win both matches to have any chance of finishing second, while a point in Brussels would guarantee Benfica at least third place.

Previous meetings
• The 17 September fixture was the first between the teams since the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round when Anderlecht had the upper hand, as they did in the biggest game between the sides – the 1983 UEFA Cup final.

• On that occasion Anderlecht defended their 1-0 home win with a 1-1 draw in Lisbon. Benfica assistant coach Minervino Pietra and the club's technical secretary Shéu Han both played in that final.

• Nine years ago Anderlecht won 3-0 in Brussels after losing the away leg 1-0, Aruna Dindane scoring twice before Nenad Jestrović added a penalty. Olivier Deschacht, Anthony Vanden Borre and Anderlecht assistant coach Besnik Hasi all played in the games, as did Luisão.

• The teams at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on 24 August 2004 were:
Anderlecht: Zítka, Deschacht, Żewłakow, Kompany, Jestrović (Yashchuk 80), Baseggio, Hasi, Wilhelmsson, Dindane (Vanden Borre 90), Traoré, Mpenza (Seol 90).
Benfica: Quim, Argel, Almeida (Rocha 76), Petit, Carlitos (Geovanni 60), Luisão, Simão, Fernandes (Zahovič 66), Dos Santos, Miguel, Šokota.

• In the eight meetings prior to this season, each side posted three home wins and two draws (one home, one away). In the 1987/88 European Cup quarter-finals Benfica's 2-0 home win saw them through despite a 1-0 reverse in the return.

• Anderlecht have a solid record at home to Portuguese visitors. Apart from their record against Benfica – they have conceded only one goal in the four fixtures – their five other home games have yielded four wins and a draw, with no goals against.

• In nine games against other Belgian sides, Benfica have only succumbed once, winning six and drawing two. In Belgium their record is W3 D2 L4.

Match background
• In their tenth UEFA Champions League season, Anderlecht are hoping to improve on their last six campaigns. They finished bottom of Group C last season and suffered the same fate in five group stage campaigns since progressing to the second group stage in 2000/01.

• In those six seasons they have won just four fixtures and when they beat FC Zenit 1-0 on matchday four last year it was their first home success in the UEFA Champions League proper for nine years.

• In 2012/13, when Anderlecht returned to the competition proper after four qualifying failures, the Belgian champions lost their two other home games, against AC Milan and Málaga CF.

• Benfica, in their ninth participation, finished third in their group last season. They began with a 0-0 draw away to Celtic FC and also lost 2-1 at FC Spartak Moskva and drew 0-0 at FC Barcelona.

• The Portuguese side, twice winners of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, subsequently entered the UEFA Europa League and first won away at Bayer 04 Leverkusen before a 3-2 victory in France against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

• In the quarter-finals they drew 1-1 at Newcastle United FC for a 4-2 aggregate success and then made light of a 1-0 defeat at Fenerbahçe SK to win 3-1 at home in the semi-final second leg. They lost the final 2-1 to Chelsea FC in Amsterdam.

Team ties
• Lazar Marković and Aleksandar Mitrović are products of FK Partizan's youth system and team-mates in the Serbian national team.

• Stefan Mitrović played in Belgium for KV Kortrijk in 2012/13, although he did not play against Anderlecht.

• Miralem Sulejmani scored both goals in AFC Ajax's 2-0 win against Anderlecht in a UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg tie at Amsterdam ArenA on 24 February 2011.

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