Fenerbahce vs Benfica Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 25, 2013; Time: 8:05 PM BST;
Venue: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu — İstanbul.
The hosts will try to reach their first European final. The Turkish club will try to use home ground advantage and to make a step to qualification to their first European final, while Jorge Jesus’ team will be aiming to get positive result in the first game, as they want to reach Amsterdam too. The Europa League semi-finals first-leg faces Fenerbahce and Benfica. Both clubs have come from the Champions League.
Fenerbahce goes 2nd in the Turkish Super Lig with 55 points from 30 matches. Aykut Kocaman’s team are 7 points behind the leaders Galatasaray, and 6 points ahead 3rd-placed Bursaspor. Fenerbahce have good chances to play in the Champions League next season. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from last five games. Last five home matches Fenerbahce have finished with 4 wins and 1 draw. They beat BATE, Viktoria Plzn and a very strong Lazio to progress to the next stage. Also, Fenerbahce have qualified for their first-ever European semi-final. They are undefeated in the Europa League in 2013 with 3 wins and 3 draws.
Benfica stands at the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga with 70 points from 26 matches. They have 22 wins, 4 draws and no defeats. But Benfica are just 4 points ahead of Porto. Their present form has seen 2 draws and 3 wins from last five games. Last five away matches Benfica have finished with 4 straight wins and 1 draw. Benfica beat Bayer Leverkusen, Bordeaux and Newcastle United to progress to this round. Benfica are the only undefeated club that left in the Europa League. The last time these two clubs met Benfica won 7-1 on aggregate.
Fenerbahce head coach Aykut Kocaman has no serious injury worries. Dirk Kuyt and Pierre Webo will start up front. Moussa Sow and Salih Ucan could return to the starting line, while Kocaman isn’t expected after 2-0 defeat to Gençlerbirligi at the weekend.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus could count on Ezequiel Garay, who has recovered from a slight injury after 2-0 win over Sporting last weekend. Oscar Cardozo will play up front.
Fenerbahce line-up: Volkan, Gonul, Yobo, Korkmaz, Ziegler, Meireles, Sahin, Baroni, Kuyt, Erkin, Webo.
Last three matches:
Gençlerbirliği SK 2 – Fenerbahce 0;
Eskişehirspor 1 – Fenerbahce 1;
Fenerbahce 1 – Eskişehirspor 0.
Benfica line-up: Arthur, Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, Matic, Perez, Salvio, Lima, Gaitan, Cardozo.
Last three matches:
Benfica 2 – Sporting Lisbon 0;
Newcastle 1 – Benfica 1;
SC Olhanense 0 – Benfica 2.