Football

23 August 2022, 23h51

Otamendi, scored the first one at 27', opening the way to the Champions League Group Stage. Next to him was the efficient Morato; Florentino controlled the midfield and Grimaldo ran the left wing and even hit the post with a free-kick.  

Benfica-Dínamo Kiev

OTAMENDI

"We hope this will be a great season"

"We knew the importance and dimension of this game; we played home with a 2-goal lead. We tried to impose our football, to be patient and to move the ball. We scored in the 1st half and we’re able to control the rest of the game. Benfica always plays to win and it’s very important to keep a positive and winning mentality. We hope this will be a great season."

Benfica-Dinamo Kiev

GRIMALDO

"We started strong, and our fans are the extra player"

"We achieved our first goal in a game with a fantastic result. We started strong, and our fans are the extra player. Our goal was to reach the Champions League and now we want to go as far as we can."

Morato

MORATO

"We're able to maintain a strong pace and the scorer became even larger"

"This is our pace; we tried to play the entire game like this. We were able to maintain a strong pace and the scorer became even larger. The National team? It would be the consequence of the good work. I believe the opportunity will come.

Florentino

FLORENTINO

"It’s a game at a time, we are focused on it"

"I don’t feel like a starter, I’m a helpful player, because I always give my best and I do what I’m asked for. I’m always available to help Benfica. The Champions League Group Stage was an important goal and we’ll be among the best teams. It’s a game at a time, and the most important is the next one against Boavista [Liga Bwin], we are focused on it."

Text: Sónia Antunes
Photos: Cátia Luís and Tânia Paulo / SL Benfica
Last update: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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