Benfica vs Fenerbahce, Champions League, Qualifying Round 3, August 7
Benfica and Fenerbahce start their new season with a high-profile clash in the third round of the qualifying matches of the Champions League.
The Portuguese side often managed to reach the group stage of the tournament, bypassing the qualification. The last time they had to go through the qualifying round in 2011, and it was a lucky campaign.
Nevertheless, Benfica are discouraged by the unforgettable last year’s group stage performance, as they lost all six games and managed to score only once.
Meanwhile, Fenerbahce will try to reach their first group stage since 2008/09 season. They have played five times in the qualification since then, but were constantly drawn versus the toughest rivals.
During the period, they faced Monaco, Arsenal, Shakhtar and Spartak Moscow, and it’s no wonder they could not get through.
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