The day after the draw for the group stage of the Champions League, UEFA published the schedules for each of the six matches that the participating clubs will play.
This season, they will be three clubs to represent Portugal in the most prestigious of European competitions. Qualified through their league rankings last season, Sporting and Porto were indeed joined by Benfica in the group stage, following the Eagles’ recent qualification in the play-offs.
This Thursday afternoon was the draw for this dreaded group stage, which sees half of the teams involved each year being eliminated from the competition. In Group B, Porto will face in particular Liverpool and Atletico de Madrid, while in Group C, Sporting will face, among others, Borussia Dortmund. Far from being spared by the favorites, Benfica inherited Barcelona and Bayern in Group E.
Porto will start the European adventure in Madrid
In the opening match of Group B, FC Porto will travel to Madrid on September 15 to face João Félix’s Atlético . Two weeks later, the Portuguese will host the Liverpool Reds for the second day of the group stage, before hosting AC Milan at the Estadio do Dragão on October 19. On November 3, Porto will start the return phase with a trip to Milan, then go to Liverpool on the 24th, to finally end this group stage on December 7 with the reception of Atlético de Madrid.
A shock Dortmund – Sporting on September 28
For its part, Sporting will make its comeback in the Champions League at home, against Ajax, on September 15, then travel to Germany to face Raphael Guerreiro’s Borussia Dortmund on the 28th. In the last match of the phase to go, Sporting will face off against Besiktas in Istanbul on October 19. Like FC Porto, the return phase will also begin on November 3 for Sporting, which will host Besiktas, before hosting Borussia Dortmund on the 24th. Finally, the Leões will play their last match of the group stage in the Netherlands. Low, December 7, against Ajax.
Benfica will have to link Bayern and Barca
For Benfica, the group stage will begin in the cool Ukrainian with a difficult trip to the lawn of Dynamo Kiev, scheduled for September 14. The Eagles will then host Barcelona on September 29, at the Estadio da Luz, in a meeting that is already shaping up to be decisive for their European future. On October 20, Benfica will have to count once again on the support of its supporters to face Bayern in Lisbon, before playing the second leg in Germany on November 2. The Lisbon club will then travel to Camp Nou to face Barcelona on November 23, then host Dynamo Kiev in Lisbon on December 8 to close this group stage.
The Porto calendar (Group B):
September 15, 9:00 p.m .: Atlético de Madrid – Porto
September 28, 9:00 p.m .: Porto – Liverpool
October 19, 9:00 p.m .: Porto – AC Milan
November 3, 6:45 p.m: AC Milan – Porto
November 24, 9:00 p.m .: Liverpool – Porto
December 7, 9:00 p.m .: Porto – Atlético de Madrid
The Sporting calendar (Group C):
September 15, 9 p.m .: Sporting – Ajax
September 28, 9 p.m .: Dortmund – Sporting
October 19, 6.45 p.m .: Besiktas – Sporting
November 3, 9 p.m .: Sporting – Besiktas
November 24, 9 p.m .: Sporting – Dortmund
December 7, 9 p.m .: Ajax – Sporting
The Benfica calendar (Group E):
September 14, 9:00 p.m .: Dynamo Kiev – Benfica
September 29, 9:00 p.m .: Benfica – Barcelona
October 20, 9:00 p.m .: Benfica – Bayern
November 2, 9:00 p.m .: Bayern – Benfica
November 23, 9:00 p.m .: Barcelona – Benfica
December 8, 9:00 p.m .: Benfica v Dynamo Kiev