Benfica captain Nicolas Otamendi said reaching the Champions League group stage was an "objective" after the two-time winners held onto a goalless draw in Tuesday's second-leg at Eindhoven, despite playing the final hour with 10-men....
Benfica moved towards a place in the Champions League group stage by beating PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in their play-off round first leg on Wednesday, despite a brilliant goal from the Dutch side's winger Cody Gakpo in Lisbon....
Close-season signing Pedrinho's goal gave Shakhtar Donetsk a 1-0 lead over Monaco on Tuesday in their Champions League play-off round ahead of next week's second leg in Ukraine....
Monaco goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel is a doubt for this week's home Champions League first leg play-off with Shakhtar Donetsk due to a "stomach issue", coach Niko Kovac said on Tuesday....
At least one former winner must fall in the preliminary rounds for the Champions League after Benfica and PSV Eindhoven were potentially paired in Monday's playoff draw....