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country flag Champions League Round Grp E (2)
Tue 02 October 2018 20:00
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Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
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AEK Athens

Last updated: Tue 02 October 2018 10:18
In Brief

Alef missing. Albanis is injured while Boyes is back in training but is also out. Bakasetsas back from ban while Lopez and Livaja are suspended.

Looking Back

Claimed a routine 3:0 win at a poor side like OFI Crete on Saturday in the league and maintain a strong run of form. The goals scored by Rodrigo Galo and Anastasios Bakasetsas in the first half got the job done before Ezequiel Ponce added another goal on the hour mark. It was a much-needed response after the 2:0 loss at PAOK the last time around.

Got the Champions Legaue campaign off to a disappointing start as Ajax proved too good and claimed a 3:0 win two weeks ago. AEK played well in the first half but once they conceded the opener just after the break, they faded and looked quite poor.

Looking Ahead

Aiming to pick up a decent result against Benfica and maintain their chances in the bid to reach the last-16. AEK will look to utilise their chances on the counters and make the Portuguese side uncomfortable with pressing and quick and direct attacks.

The likes of Marko Livaja and Helder Lopez are both serving lengthy bans and are missing once again. Bakasetsas is back from a two-game ban and should start. Marios Oikonomou was rested in the last league game due to a hamstring niggle but will be fit to play. Alef Santos is not quite ready to return after a recent knock. Lucas Boye is back training after spell on the sidelines but is missing. Christos Albanis remains out.

Points of Interest

The two teams faced each other back in 2009 in the Uefa Cup, with AEK winning 1:0 at home and losing 2:1 in Lisbon.

SL Benfica

Last updated: Tue 02 October 2018 08:56
In Brief

Benfica must redeem last round's home defeat with Bayern, not easy in Ahens against AEK. Meanwhile a half false step in the Liga drawing 2-2 with Chaves. Felix and Krovinovic out. Gabriel and Jardel didn't recover. Ebuehi and Samaris not eligible. Salvio, Lema and Ferreyra recovered.

Looking Back

In the last league round Benfica drew 2-2 away with GD Chaves. Despite the heavy pitch due to a very intense rain that caused the one-hour postponement of the initial whistle, came out a very intense match, full of emotion from the first to the very last minute. It was a balanced match and the final result is fair, even if it remains a bitter taste in the mouths of eagles that suffered the equalizer in the injury time.

As for the Champions League the team of Rui Vitoria has been handed a tough beginning to the group stage being outplayed by Bayern that won 0-2 at the Da Luz.

Looking Ahead

Now they need to bounce back quickly if they are to progress to the knockout stages, but it won't be so easy in Athens against AEK who will also be eager to redeem last round's 3-0 defeat in Amsterdam with Ajax.

Defender Tyronne Ebuehi is dealing with serious knee injury and ruled out. Moreover he was not included in the official European list as well as midfielder Samaris. Midfielder Filip Krovinovic is recovering from a knee injury, but not available yet.

Striker Facundo Ferreyra recovered from a back pain as well as Cristian Lema who was suffering for a tendinopathy of the knee. Midfielder Joao Felix is out because of an ankle sprain.

Midfielder Eduardo Salvio, suffering for a myalgia in the left leg, didn't go to Chaves, but now recovered. During the match in Chaves defender Jardel and midfielder Gabriel had to leave the pitch as injured, unfortunately they are ruled out

Points of Interest

It's the first time Benfica meet AEK in Champions League, however they already met in Europa League in 2009...the Portuguese side won 2-1 in Lisbon and lost 1-0 in Athens.

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SL Benfica

Last updated: Tue 02 October 2018 08:56
In Brief

Benfica must redeem last round's home defeat with Bayern, not easy in Ahens against AEK. Meanwhile a half false step in the Liga drawing 2-2 with Chaves. Felix and Krovinovic out. Gabriel and Jardel didn't recover. Ebuehi and Samaris not eligible. Salvio, Lema and Ferreyra recovered.

Looking Back

In the last league round Benfica drew 2-2 away with GD Chaves. Despite the heavy pitch due to a very intense rain that caused the one-hour postponement of the initial whistle, came out a very intense match, full of emotion from the first to the very last minute. It was a balanced match and the final result is fair, even if it remains a bitter taste in the mouths of eagles that suffered the equalizer in the injury time.

As for the Champions League the team of Rui Vitoria has been handed a tough beginning to the group stage being outplayed by Bayern that won 0-2 at the Da Luz.

Looking Ahead

Now they need to bounce back quickly if they are to progress to the knockout stages, but it won't be so easy in Athens against AEK who will also be eager to redeem last round's 3-0 defeat in Amsterdam with Ajax.

Defender Tyronne Ebuehi is dealing with serious knee injury and ruled out. Moreover he was not included in the official European list as well as midfielder Samaris. Midfielder Filip Krovinovic is recovering from a knee injury, but not available yet.

Striker Facundo Ferreyra recovered from a back pain as well as Cristian Lema who was suffering for a tendinopathy of the knee. Midfielder Joao Felix is out because of an ankle sprain.

Midfielder Eduardo Salvio, suffering for a myalgia in the left leg, didn't go to Chaves, but now recovered. During the match in Chaves defender Jardel and midfielder Gabriel had to leave the pitch as injured, unfortunately they are ruled out

Points of Interest

It's the first time Benfica meet AEK in Champions League, however they already met in Europa League in 2009...the Portuguese side won 2-1 in Lisbon and lost 1-0 in Athens.

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BATE Borisov - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 3
SL Benfica - PAOK 1 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1
Ajax - Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1
MOL Vidi - AEK Athens 1 - 2
Round Play-Off (2)
Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax 0 - 0
Dinamo Zagreb - Young Boys Bern 1 - 2
AEK Athens - MOL Vidi 1 - 1
PAOK - SL Benfica 1 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - BATE Borisov 3 - 0
Red Bull Salzburg - Red Star Belgrade 2 - 2
Round Grp B (1)
Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1
FC Barcelona - PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0
Round Grp A (1)
Monaco - Atletico Madrid 1 - 2
Club Brugge - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1
Round Grp C (1)
Liverpool - Paris St Germain 3 - 2
Red Star Belgrade - Napoli 0 - 0
Round Grp D (1)
Schalke - FC Porto 1 - 1
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv Moscow 3 - 0
Round Grp F (1)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Manchester City - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2
Round Grp E (1)
Ajax - AEK Athens 3 - 0
SL Benfica - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Round Grp G (1)
Real Madrid - Roma 3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow 2 - 2
Round Grp H (1)
Valencia - Juventus 0 - 2
Young Boys Bern - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round Grp F (2)
Hoffenheim - Manchester City 1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2
Round Grp H (2)
Juventus - Young Boys Bern 3 - 0
Manchester United - Valencia 0 - 0
Round Grp E (2)
Bayern Munchen - Ajax 1 - 1
AEK Athens - SL Benfica 2 - 3
Round Grp G (2)
Roma - FC Viktoria Plzen 5 - 0
CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 1 - 0
Round Grp C (2)
Paris St Germain - Red Star Belgrade 6 - 1
Napoli - Liverpool 1 - 0
Round Grp D (2)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Schalke 0 - 1
FC Porto - Galatasaray 1 - 0
Round Grp A (2)
Borussia Dortmund - Monaco 3 - 0
Atletico Madrid - Club Brugge 3 - 1
Round Grp B (2)
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Barcelona 2 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - Internazionale 1 - 2
Round Grp H (3)
Young Boys Bern - Valencia 1 - 1
Manchester United - Juventus 0 - 1
Round Grp E (3)
AEK Athens - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Ajax - SL Benfica 1 - 0
Round Grp F (3)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 0 - 3
Hoffenheim - Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 3
Round Grp G (3)
Roma - CSKA Moscow 3 - 0
Real Madrid - FC Viktoria Plzen 2 - 1
Round Grp B (3)
PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2
FC Barcelona - Internazionale 2 - 0
Round Grp A (3)
Club Brugge - Monaco 1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4 - 0
Round Grp C (3)
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade 4 - 0
Paris St Germain - Napoli 2 - 2
Round Grp D (3)
Lokomotiv Moscow - FC Porto 1 - 3
Galatasaray - Schalke 0 - 0
Round Grp C (4)
Red Star Belgrade - Liverpool 2 - 0
Napoli - Paris St Germain 1 - 1
Round Grp A (4)
Monaco - Club Brugge 0 - 4
Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0
Round Grp B (4)
Internazionale - FC Barcelona 1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1
Round Grp D (4)
FC Porto - Lokomotiv Moscow 4 - 1
Schalke - Galatasaray 2 - 0
Round Grp H (4)
Valencia - Young Boys Bern 3 - 1
Juventus - Manchester United 1 - 2
Round Grp G (4)
CSKA Moscow - Roma 1 - 2
FC Viktoria Plzen - Real Madrid 0 - 5
Round Grp E (4)
Bayern Munchen - AEK Athens 2 - 0
SL Benfica - Ajax 1 - 1
Round Grp F (4)
Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 6 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Round Grp E (5)
AEK Athens - Ajax 0 - 2
Bayern Munchen - SL Benfica 5 - 1
Round Grp G (5)
CSKA Moscow - FC Viktoria Plzen 1 - 2
Roma - Real Madrid 0 - 2
Round Grp F (5)
Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City 2 - 2
Hoffenheim - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 3
Round Grp H (5)
Juventus - Valencia 1 - 0
Manchester United - Young Boys Bern 1 - 0
Round Grp A (5)
Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2 - 0
Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge 0 - 0
Round Grp D (5)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Galatasaray 2 - 0
FC Porto - Schalke 3 - 1
Round Grp C (5)
Paris St Germain - Liverpool 2 - 1
Napoli - Red Star Belgrade 3 - 1
Round Grp B (5)
Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale 1 - 0
PSV Eindhoven - FC Barcelona 1 - 2
Round Grp D (6)
Galatasaray - FC Porto 2 - 3
Schalke - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0
Round Grp A (6)
Monaco - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2
Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid 0 - 0
Round Grp B (6)
FC Barcelona - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Internazionale - PSV Eindhoven 1 - 1
Round Grp C (6)
Red Star Belgrade - Paris St Germain 1 - 4
Liverpool - Napoli 1 - 0
Round Grp G (6)
Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow 0 - 3
FC Viktoria Plzen - Roma 2 - 1
Round Grp F (6)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1
Manchester City - Hoffenheim 2 - 1
Round Grp H (6)
Valencia - Manchester United 2 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Juventus 2 - 1
Round Grp E (6)
Ajax - Bayern Munchen 3 - 3
SL Benfica - AEK Athens 1 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (1)
Manchester United - Paris St Germain 0 - 2
Roma - FC Porto 2 - 1
Ajax - Real Madrid 1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona 0 - 0
Liverpool - Bayern Munchen 0 - 0
Schalke - Manchester City 2 - 3
Atletico Madrid - Juventus 2 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (2)
Real Madrid - Ajax 1 - 4
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1
Paris St Germain - Manchester United 1 - 3
FC Porto - Roma 3 - 1
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Manchester City - Schalke 7 - 0
Juventus - Atletico Madrid 3 - 0
FC Barcelona - Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 1
Bayern Munchen - Liverpool 1 - 3
Round 1/4 Final (1)
Liverpool - FC Porto 2 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester City 1 - 0
Manchester United - FC Barcelona 0 - 1
Ajax - Juventus 1 - 1
Round 1/4 Final (2)
FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3 - 0
Juventus - Ajax 1 - 2
Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 3
FC Porto - Liverpool 1 - 4
Round 1/2 Final (1)
Tottenham Hotspur - Ajax 0 - 1
FC Barcelona - Liverpool 3 - 0
Round 1/2 Final (2)
Liverpool - FC Barcelona 4 - 0
Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 3
Round Final
Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool 0 - 2