Benfica vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Europa League fixture tonight

Arsenal are away to Benfica in the Europa League this evening – as much as any team can be ‘away’ in a neutral venue. The last-32 first leg, originally set to take place in Lisbon, was relocated to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, with the reverse fixture next week moved from north London to Athens.

Arsenal were essentially flawless in the group stage of the competition, winning the maximum 18 points available from their six first-round games. As such, they topped their group, while Portuguese side Benfica finished runners-up to Rangers with 12 points.

Tonight’s clash marks just the third meeting between the two teams, 30 years after their previous clashes. The first time the clubs went head to head – in the 1991 European Cup – a 1-1 draw was the result. One month later, Benfica were 3-1 winners in the same competition. What matters is this evening’s match-up, however, which Benfica enter with two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five outings. Arsenal, meanwhile, have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last give games – meaning tonight’s opponents are in similar form. Follow live updates from Benfica vs Arsenal below at the conclusion of Wolfsberger vs Tottenham.

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60 mins: Spurs have an instant chance to restore their three-goal lead but Lucas Moura shoots over from a free-kick out wide on the left.


55 mins: GOAL! Moussa Sissoko gives away a penalty by bringing Christopher Wernitznig down in the Tottenham box. Michael Liendl steps up for Wolfsberger and slots it low into the bottom left corner.


51 mins: Carlos Vinicius is on for Spurs having replaced Son Heung-min at half time. Dario Vizinger has also been replaced with Kai Stratznig on for Wolfsberger.


Second half: Spurs get the match back underway and Gareth Bale has an early chance. Running the ball to the edge of the box and letting fly with his left peg. He hits it low and forces Kofler into a sharp save.

How many can Spurs get? They’ve got three away goals already in the bag and another two and the tie is certainly over which would allow them to rest their key players for next week’s second leg.

Gareth Bale has scored and assisted in a game for Spurs for the first time since April 2013 against Manchester City at White Hart Lane.


Following this game Benfica host Arsenal with kick off for that one coming at 8pm. Here’s a look at the starting line ups:

Benfica: Helton; Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen; Goncalves, Weigl, Taarabt, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Waldschmidt, Nunez

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Cedric; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Odegaard; Aubameyang


45+1 mins: Half time. Son, Bale and Moura on the scoresheet in that half as Tottenham take a commanding three-goal lead into the break. Impressive stuff so far from them.


45 mins: Chance for Wolfsberger to get one back just before half time as Sissoko brings down Joveljic on the edge of the box. Wernitznig takes the free kick and curls hs shot over the goal.

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