Benfica – Galatasaray
Benfica welcomes Galatasaray in a second leg from the Europa League 1/16-finals. Let’s see what’s the situation with these two sides in this tie.
Benfica have a good advantage after winning with 2-1 the first leg in Istanbul. Eduardo Salvio and Haris Seferovic scored for the Eagles from Lisboa at the Turk Telekom, while Christian Luyindama scored Galatasaray’s only goal in the game. Yes – the result is pretty bad for the Turkish team, because it’s very hard to play against Benfica in Lisboa, but they still have a chance to progress. Do not write them off just yet.
Let’s see how these two teams perform in their leagues.
In the Portuguese Primeira Liga Benfica are locked in a fierce battle with Porto for the title. Right now the Eagles are second in the standings with 53 points, but being just one point behind the leader Porto. Right now Benfica are in a terrific form, winning five consecutive times in the league, including with 10-0 against Nacional. They are currently the team in the best shape in the Primeira Liga.
Meanwhile Galatasaray are 2nd in the Turkish Super Lig, trailing on 6 points behind the leader Istanbul Basaksehir. Last season Galatasaray won the title in Turkey, but now they have some serious catching up to do. Of course, Fatih Terim’s boys still have chances to defend their title, but only if they really reach their best levels until the end of the season. In their last game in the Super Lig Galatasaray enjoyed a solid 4-1 win during the visit to Kasimpasa. The Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli scored a hattrick for Cimbom.
That’s what we had to say about the Europa League clash between Benfica and Galatasaray from the 1/16-finals. We wish you good luck.