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BENFICA take on CSKA Moscow in the other match in Manchester United’s group.

The Portuguese and Russian sides are looking to make a winning start as they look to stake an early claim for a last 16 place.


Benfica face a big opener at home to CSKA Moscow
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  • Benfica and CSKA Moscow’s only previous encounter was in the Last 32 of the 2004/05
    UEFA Cup. The Russian side progressed thanks to a 2-0 home win and 1-1 draw in
    Lisbon; they went on to lift the trophy later that season.
  • Benfica have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions, in 1961 and
    1962, the joint-most for a Portuguese team alongside Porto. However, only Juventus have
    lost more finals (7) than the Lisbon side (5).
  • Benfica have never made it any further than the quarter-finals of the Champions League
    since 1992/93.
  • Only Porto have featured in more Champions League campaigns than Benfica (13) among
    Portuguese sides.
  • Benfica have scored more than two goals only twice in their last 48 Champions League
  • CSKA Moscow are making their 11th Champions League appearance – their fifth in a row.
    It’s the second most for a Russian side after Spartak Moscow (12).
  • CSKA Moscow knocked out AEK Athens and Young Boys Bern to reach this season’s
    Champions League group stages.
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  • CSKA Moscow have failed to reach the knockout stages in their previous four Champions
    League appearances. The last time they made the Round of 16 was in 2011/12 when Real
    Madrid eventually knocked them out.
  • CSKA Moscow are winless in their last 10 Champions League games (D4 L6), equaling
    their longest run without a victory in the competition. Away from home, they have lost 11
    of their last 13 Champions League games (W1 D1).
  • CSKA have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 28 Champions League games, their
    last shut-out coming in November 2011 against Trabzonspor (0-0). In fact, Igor Akinfeev
    has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last 39 games (excluding qualifiers), the longest
    ever run without a shut-out for a goalkeeper in the competition.
  • Eduardo Salvio has been directly involved in five of Benfica’s last nine Champions League
    goals (3 goals, 2 assists).
  • Benfica manager Rui Vitoria has taken his team to the knockout stages of the Champions
    League in each of the last two seasons, a first for the Lisbon side.
  • This is Viktor Goncharenko’s fourth Champions League campaign as manager, after three
    previous appearances with BATE Borisov. He was the first manager to lead a Belarusian
    team into the group stages of the competition.

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