Benfica will be taking on Spartak Moscow at the Estadio da Luz for the second leg of the Champions League Qualifiers. The first leg ended with Benfica registering a comfortable 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow at the Otkritie Arena. Goals from Rafa Silva and Gilberto Moraes Junior got their names on the scoresheet for Benfica. Spartak Moscow, on the other hand, have a mountain of a task ahead, and will have to be at their absolute best in order to move to the next stage. Benfica, on the other hand, could prefer to sit back and hit on the break, and it could eventually turn out to be an exciting affair.
Date: August 11, Wednesday
Kick-Off: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Otkritie Arena
Spartak Moscow: LWL
Head to Head
From the three previous meetings between the two sides, it’s Benfica that have had the edge with two wins and lost one.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Pinho, Andre Almeida
Expected Changes and Strategy: O Vlachodimos should be starting in at goal, while, L Verissimo, N Otamendi, J Vertonghen, and Giblerto could line up in defence. J Weigl, A Taarabt and A Grimaldo and E Cebolinha should feature in the midfield region. L Waldschmidt and G Ramos.