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UEFA Champions League

  • November 20, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 47065

Champions League Preview: Benfica - Celtic

Champions League Preview: Benfica - Celtic

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Neil Lennon's side has lost on every single one of its visits to the Portuguese capital side, while the home side has yet to taste defeat domestically this season.


Pereira, Jardel, Garay, Almeida
Matic, Gaitan, Perez
Lima, Cardozo, Rodrigo

Matthews, Ambrose, Wilson, Mulgrew
Brown, Wanyama,
Comons, Ledley, Lassad


Benfica welcomed skipper Luisao back into the fold against Moreirense at the weekend after a two-month suspension and the defensive stalwart may be in contention to replace Ezequiel Garay once again.

Coach Jorge Jesus has a wealth of attacking options to choose from, with Ola John, Eduardo Salvio and Melgarejo all having featured up front for the Portuguese side during the group stages.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon, meanwhile, will be without midfielder James Forrest for a game that could potentially send his side through to the tournament's knockout stages.

The Hoops will have Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras available, despite the pair making way during their side's 2-0 win against Aberdeen on Saturday.

Scott Brown, Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley are carrying knocks into the tie, while Lennon could well look to revolutionary young striker Tony Watt if he chooses to utilize a more attacking approach.

  • Benfica is unbeaten domestically this season and has only lost twice in all competitions - at home to Barcelona and away to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.
  • The Portuguese outfit's star striker Oscar Cardozo (pictured right) is joint-second in the Portuguese Liga's top scorer charts with six.
  • The Lisbon side come into the game on a run of form that has seen it win all but one of its last seven games.
  • Celtic is currently top of the SPL, but has not run away with the league as many anticipated it might, currently sitting just a point ahead of Hibernian with a game in hand.
  • The Glasgow club became the first British team to lift the European Cup 45 years ago in Lisbon.
  • Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama became the first Kenyan to net a Champions league goal when he headed home against Barcelona last time out.


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UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ Nov 20, 2012 Benfica 2 - Celtic 1
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Last Five Matches
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14Ezequiel GarayDefender
28L. MelgarejoStriker
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
21Nemanja MatićMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
7Ó. CardozoStriker
24Ola JohnStriker
13Paulo LopesGoalkeeper
14Maxi PereiraDefender
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
30Bruno CésarMidfielder
20N. GaitánMidfielder
34Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
2Adam MatthewsDefender
15E. AmbroseDefender
6Kelvin WilsonDefender
21Charles MulgrewDefender
-M. LustigDefender
8Scott BrownMidfielder
28Joe LedleyMidfielder
12Victor WanyamaMidfielder
-Georgios SamarasStriker
11Gary HooperStriker
24Lukasz ZaluskaGoalkeeper
15Kris CommonsMidfielder
20Paddy McCourtMidfielder
33Beram KayalMidfielder
36Niouoi LassadStriker
-Tony WattStriker

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