Benfica vs FC Midtjylland Live

Benfica will be looking to secure an advantage when they welcome FC Midtjylland to Portugal for the first leg of their third qualifying round Champions League contest on Tuesday night.

 

The Eagles finished third in Portugal’s top flight last term, which saw them book their spot in the third qualifying round, while Midtjylland overcame Larnaca in the last round, ultimately winning on penalties after the two sides had played out back-to-back 1-1 draws.

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The Portuguese giants then beat Ajax 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16, but they were eliminated by Liverpool in the last eight, losing 6-4 on aggregate to the Reds, who went down 1-0 to Real Madrid in the final.

 

Benfica will again have to come through a third qualifying round tie and a playoff encounter if they are to be present in the group stage of the competition, having finished third in Portugal’s top flight last term, 11 points behind second-place Sporting Lisbon and 17 off champions Porto.

 

Roger Schmidt‘s side have been busy during this summer’s transfer window, bringing in David NeresEnzo FernandezJoao VictorAlexander BahPetar Musa and Mihailo Ristic.

 

There have also been some notable outgoings, namely Darwin Nunez and Everton, but they have been impressive in pre-season, winning all five of their matches, while they will begin their 2022-23 league season at home to Arouca on August 5.

 

Midtjylland, meanwhile, finished second in the Danish Superliga last season, which saw them join the 2022-23 Champions League in the second qualifying round.

 

The Wolves found Larnaca to be tricky opposition, drawing 2-2 on aggregate with the Cypriot outfit, but they managed to triumph 4-3 on penalties to ensure that they would be present at this stage of the competition.

Bo Henriksen‘s side are also already three league games into their 2022-23 season, picking up four points from three matches, which has left them in third position in the table.

 

The Danish giants were in impressive form on Friday, recording a 5-1 win over OB, and they competed in the group stage of the Champions League in 2020-21, finishing fourth in Group D, which included Liverpool, Ajax and Atalanta BC.

 

Midtjylland operated in both the Europa League and Europa Conference League last season after failing to make the group stage of the Champions League, finishing third in their Europa League section before losing on penalties to PAOK in the knockout round playoffs of the Europa Conference League.

 

By David

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