The match of Bruges, which will be at home, against Benfica is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15 at the Jan Breydelstadion (Brugge) at 3:00 p.m. Peruvian time, while in Mexico it goes at 2:00 p.m. It will be broadcast throughout South America on ESPN 2, as well as on the Star+ streaming platform.
The surprising formation of Brugge had started its European season with three spectacular victories against Bayer Leverkusen (1-0), FC Porto (0-4), and Atlético Madrid (2-0) last September and October was then immersed in a crisis.
Witches vs. Benfica: schedules in the world
Peru: 3:00 p.m.
Mexico: 2:00 p.m.
Colombia: 3:00 p.m.
Ecuador: 3:00 p.m.
Bolivia: 4:00 p.m.
Venezuela: 4:00 p.m.
Argentina: 5:00 p.m.
Chile: 5:00 p.m.
Uruguay: 5:00 p.m.
Brazil: 5:00 p.m.
Spain: 9:00 p.m.
United States (Los Angeles): 12:00 p.m.
United States (New York): 3:00 p.m.
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The last Belgian first-division league champion is now fourth, twenty points behind the leader, RC Genk.
A situation that led the board to dismiss the coach, Carl Hoefkens, shortly after the 2022 World Cup, to replace him with the Englishman Scott Parker.
The former Fulham and Bournemouth manager is slow to convince: since his arrival, the “club” has only won one league match, which is coupled with one defeat and five draws. Bruges does not improve.
And if the Belgians were happy after the draw for having avoided formations such as Real Madrid, Bayern or Manchester City, inheriting Benfica, optimism has left room for prudent realism. The ‘Gazelles’ are not clearly favorites in their first knockout round in the Champions League since 1990-1991.
Meanwhile, the Lisbons are scary because they finished leader of their group, ahead of PSGermain and Juventus, it has been a good season.
Under Roger Schmidt, he has only known defeat twice in domestic competitions: once in Braga in the league (3-0) and an elimination from the Portuguese Cup, also in Braga, last weekend.
And with 16 goals scored, the Portuguese club has the third-best attack in the Champions League, tied with PSG, behind Napoli (20) and Bayern Munich (18).
Witches vs. Benfica: possible line-ups in the Champions League
Witches: Mignolet; Clinton Mata, Boyata, Mechele, Meijer; Onyedika, Nielsen; Buchanan, Vanaken, Sowah; Lang.
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Bah, Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Grimaldo; Florentino, Chiquinho; João Mário, Aursnes, Gonçalo Guedes; Gonçalo Ramos.
Where to watch Club Brugge against Benfica via TV for the Champions League?
You see it on the ESPN 2 screen and on the Star+ streaming platform.