Barça aims for unbeatable record in Lisbon


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Barcelona will visit Benfica this Wednesday in the last group stage match of the Champions League. The two teams have already secured their spots in the quarterfinals, and Barcelona will be looking to maintain their undefeated status. They have already secured the first position in the group and are aiming for their ninth consecutive quarter-final.

In the first leg, Barça comfortably defeated the Lisbon team 5-0. Despite accumulating more casualties, they have continued with their magnificent dynamics. They will not be able to count on several key players for the upcoming match.

Benfica is the first Portuguese team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League. They are currently in 11th place in the UEFA ranking and are eager to continue their good streak. They will be looking to show that they are a rival to be feared in the next phase.

The leader of the Portuguese League is missing one of its greatest assets, Kika Nazareth, who is injured, and midfielder Andreia Norton, who underwent emergency surgery on Monday for appendicitis. However, they will be able to count on star player Jéssica Silva, who has experience winning a Champions League, and with Carole Costa in defense.

The probable lineups for the match are as follows:
Benfica: Lena Pauels; Ana Seiça, Carole Costa, Christy Ucheibe; Catarina Amado, Andreia Faria, Anna Gasper, Andrea Falcón; Jéssica Silva, Marie Alidou, Pauleta.
Barcelona: Sandra Paños; Lucy Bronze, Marta Torrejón, Engen, Ona Batlle; Aitana Bonmatí, Walsh, Patri Guijarro; Graham Hansen, Salma Paralluelo, Mariona Caldentey.

The match will take place at Futebol Campus in Seixal, Lisbon, and the referee will be Emanuela Rusta. Kickoff is at 21:00 CET.

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