Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League 2016-17 last 16, to be played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon on Tuesday February 14, 2017.
Benfica – Borussia Dortmund: preview
The home side face a challenging match in the Estádio da Luz as they seek to take a positive result back to the Westfalenstadion for the return leg. Dortmund, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid, have been in excellent form in this season’s competition and were undefeated in the opening phase.
Benfica finished second in their group behind Napoli and went through to the knock-out stages in a frantic final round of fixtures. Three sides were in the hunt for a place in the last 16 and a Besiktas victory would have seen them through but against all the odds Dinamo Kiev thrashed the Turkish side 6-0 meaning that Benfica qualified along with Napoli despite losing to the Serie A side.
Benfica coach Rui Vitória is expected to field an attacking side with Ederson Moraes, Luisao, Eliseu, Victor Lindelof, Nelson Semedo, Ljubomir Fejsa, Pizzi, Jonás, Kostas Mitroglou, André Carrillo and Andrija Zivkovic in line to make up the starting XI.
AS player to watch: André Carrillo
The Peru winger likes to run at defenders and is the player most able to knock an opposition defence out of its stride.
Thomas Tuchel’s side go into the tie as favourites not only for topping their group ahead of Real Madrid but also because of the greater overall quality of their squad.
Players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic, Ousmane Dembélé, Julian Weigl and Marco Reus should make the difference over the two legs. Dortmund will also be eager to carve out a positive result in Lisbon to increase their chances of going through when Benfica travel to Dortmund for the return leg.
The only injury concern facing Tuchel is over his vice-captain Mario Götze, who is nursing a muscle injury.
AS player to watch: Marco Reus
The Germany international has bagged four goals so far in the Champions League this season and his understanding with Aubameyang is vital for the side.