Russian Zenit will play With the Portuguese Benfica of Lisbon in the opening match of group stage of Champions League. The game will take place at the Estadio Da Luz» in the Portuguese capital.
Tuesday starts the next group stage of the main European football tournament, which was attended by the Two top Russian club the previous season. Champion CSKA Moscow on Wednesday will play against Roma, while Zenit are supposed to start the next stage of the European Cup in Lisbon in the game With the champion of Portugal. If Zenit, who took second place in the Russian championship season 2013/14, had to get into the group stage through the qualification, the Portuguese «eagles» their title guaranteed a place in the group. In the end the draw Zenit and Benfica were in group C and will Also act as the Commissioner of the championship of France, Monaco and German Bayer of Leverkusen. The two best teams of the group will be in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, the third club will continue to struggle in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League.
from Zenit are three former players in football Benfica. The Argentine Player protection Ezekiel Garay moved to St. Petersburg last summer, the Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia moved to Zenit transit through the Manchester United F.C. And the Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel has become a player of the St. Petersburg club two years earlier. Played in Portugal’s Brazilian striker Hulk, who previously Played for FC Porto under the current coach of Zenit’s Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, And infielder Luis Neto Played at home for «Varzim and national from Funchal.
«Always very nice to come back to Portugal, even at work. I think this is true for our players who have played here, » said Villas-Boas.- The group we have a difficult, but came here to play to win. The fact that most of us will play in their country, is Not obliged to distract us».
Benfica is the most titled club of Portugal, 33-fold champion of the country and 25-time winner of the national Cup. Two last season Benfica reached the Europa League final, where he lost first English Chelsea, And then Spanish Sevilla. And in the 2011/12 season Benfica reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League, where they lost to the future champion Chelsea, And the 1/8 finals of the Lisbon «eagles» won «Zenit». After losing to St. Petersburg with the score 2: 3, Benfica played at home 2: 0, moreover, in those matches on the field of the Portuguese club were Garay, Javi Garcia and Witsel.
at Benfica Since then remained the same trainer — 60-year-old Jorge Jesus, Still in the team leaders — the Brazilian goalkeeper Artur and the captain, Player protection luisГЈo, as Well As the Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan and Uruguayan Maximiliano Pereira, whose goal has brought Benfica victory over Zenit in March 2012. Among the new faces from Benfica — midfielder Greece Andreas Samaris, Argentine defensive Player Lisandro Lopez and goalkeeper of Brazil in the last 2 world Championships jГєlio cГ©sar. While striker Jonas, who scored first for the Spanish Valencia and became the best scorer of the Brazilian League from Gremio was Not included in the petition for the Champions League.
Another newcomer, 20-year-old Brazilian Anderson Taliska, scored a hat-trick in the last match of the championship of Portugal — «Setubal».» I think that all the teams in the group are strong. The favorite in our Quartet no,» said Taliska before the match With Zenit.
After 4 rounds Benfica is number 4 of the championship leaders Portugal, scored 10 points. Failed to win the wards of Jesus only in the Lisbon Derby «with» sporting «(1: 1).
for its part, Zenit in the Russian League is lossless, won 7 matches out of seven. In the last meeting of the» Zenith «with the score 3: 2 defeated one of the competitors in the battle for the title of the Moscow» Dynamo».
from Zenit Match will miss disqualified midfielder Viktor Fayzulin, at Benfica injured player defense Silviu.
The match between SL Benfica and Zenit will start at 22: 45 GMT. The chief justice appointed Svein Moen from Norway.
Tuesday within the group will Also play» Monaco «and» Bayer «. There are also Greek Olympiacos FC and Atletico Madrid, the Italian Juventus and Swedish malmГ¶ (group a), Liverpool FC and Bulgarian » Ludogoretz «, the Spanish «real» and the Swiss Basel ( Group b), Turkish Galatasaray and Belgian Anderlecht, German Borussia Dortmund and English «reserves» (Group D)
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