#UCLFutsal elite round draw: Benfica face Sporting

Sporting CP and Benfica go head to head in Lisbon while former champions Ugra and Barça meet after the elite round draw was made.

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Sporting CP and Benfica will go head to head in Lisbon after the UEFA Futsal Champions League elite round draw was made.

Elite round draw (13 to 18 November)

Group A: Inter FS (ESP, holders), Dobovec (SVN), Halle-Gooik (BEL), Vytis (LTU, hosts)

Group B: TTG-Ugra Yugorsk (RUS), Barça (ESP, hosts), Ekonomac Kragujevac (SRB), Record Bielsko-Biała (POL)

Group C: Benfica (POR), Sporting CP (POR, hosts), Sibiryak (RUS), Novo Vrijeme Makarska (CRO)

Group D: Kairat Almaty (KAZ), EP Chrudim (CZE, hosts), LSM Lida (BLR), A&S Futsal Pescara (ITA)

  • The four group winners will progress to the knockout finals, with one of those clubs appointed hosts for the event on 25 or 26 and 27 or 28 April.
Highlights: Inter win 2018 final
Highlights: Inter win 2018 final

Draw facts

  • Inter are aiming for a record third title in a row and sixth overall.
  • Former champions Ugra and Barça are matched.
  • Barça beat Ekomomac 3-2 in last season's elite round.
  • 2010 winners Benfica and three-time runners-up Sporting have met in 12 Portuguese play-off finals but never in Europe.
  • Sporting CP have reached three finals, losing the last two to Inter.
  • Twice champions Kairat have been ever present in all 13 elite rounds under this format; Chrudrim are in their 11th but are yet to reach the finals (and have lost to Kairat four times in this round).
  • Kairat beat Lida 6-0 in the main round.
  • Kairat and Chrudim's opponents A&S Futsal Pescara are the seventh different Italian side to reach the elite round, one more than Ukraine.
  • Novo Vrijeme and Sibiryak, in Benfica and Sporting's group, are the other two competition debutants remaining.
  • Preliminary round survivors Vytis are the first Lithuanian team to reach the elite round, the 32nd different nation to be represented.
  • Record Bielsko-Biała, who also came through the preliminary round, have also reached the elite round for the first time.