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BALL – First potential Champions League opponents already known (Benfica)

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BALL - First potential Champions League opponents already known (Benfica)

Finishing third in the league, Benfica advanced to the third qualifying round of the Champions League. This means that Luz’s team will have to go through two rounds to reach the group stage of the Millionaire Contest, similar to what they did last season.

And with most of the European championships already decided, the path the Eagles will have to take is beginning to be determined. For now, Benfica know they will enter the draw as a seed and have two opponents who could get lucky: Sturm Graz (Austria) and Union St. Louis. Giloise (Belgium).

According to the current situation, the Reds will avoid Dynamo Kyiv (who will play in the second qualifying round) and Rangers (who can go straight to the group stage if they win the Europa League). But a reunion between Roger Schmidt and PSV could take place.

The emblem of Eindhoven finished second in the Dutch Championship and also advances to the third qualifying round. However, the status of the Dutch top seed depends on the third place in the French championship (this can be Marseille, which is now in position, or Monaco, which is ahead), the position of Rangers or second-placed Denmark (at the time when Copenhagen is followed by Central Jutland).

See the table with the current situation:

Series heads:

Benfica (odds 61,000)

Rangers (49.250)

Dynamo Kyiv (44000) – or Winner of the second qualifying round match to be played by Ukrainians

Define:

PSV Eindhoven (33000)

Marseille (44,000) / Monaco (26,000) – third in Ligue 1

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Midtjylland (19,000) / Copenhagen (40,500) – Winner of second qualifying round with Danish runner-up

No serial heads:

Storm Graz (7770)

Union St. Gilloise (6.120).

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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BALL - Coach speaks of 'tremendous pride' and explains Bale departure (Wales)

Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] he felt pain in his hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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BALL - Coach speaks of 'tremendous pride' and explains Bale departure (Wales)

Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] I felt pain in my hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

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BALL - Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

This season’s undefeated Grimaldo has numbers unmatched by any other Spanish player in the major European leagues in terms of wins (23) and excelled in the Champions League group stage group stage with PSG and Juventus, scoring two goals and making the Champions League team of the week. In addition, he proved to be an important player for Roger Schmidt.

He is Benfica’s most used outfield player this season, with 2313 minutes, already scoring the third best in Luz with the current three totals. He has been used in 26 of the 27 official games this season – only not getting Rio Ave, between two games with PSG, without leaving the bench. But otherwise, almost nothing escaped him and practically did not give any advantage in the competition, that is, Ristic, who, having played 90 minutes against Rio Ave, plus 47 minutes against Caldas, in the Portuguese Cup, only had the right to crumbs in minutes, which says that Grimaldo for Roger Schmidt is currently an indispensable player in the eleven.

With seven months left on his contract with Benfica, Grimaldo is looking for an option that will guarantee him complete freedom and financial independence, especially after joining his father’s club. He knows how far Benfica can go and he also knows that the Luz club cannot accept the values ​​that have been thrown on the negotiating table.

As A BOLA reported in the last issue on the 24th, Benfica and Grimaldo met recently to discuss an extension during a meeting that did not reach an agreement but also did not leave the dossier in a position where it could not be resolved. in a favorable way. for the embodied.

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A new round of talks is now expected to be set to try to bring the parties closer, and this should take place soon, given that the Reds do not intend to drag things out beyond January and enter into a soap opera that could serve as a somewhat destabilizing factor. for the second phase of the season.

More about digital edition or in the print edition of A BOLA.

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