The semi-final double match starts tonight in Moscow!
The Russian Spartak Moscow and Portuguese Benfica are going to face each other tonight at Otkrytie Arena in Moscow in the semi-final game from the UEFA Champions League qualification campaign.
Both teams have high expectations for the 2021/2022 season and this double match will be a great quality check of their abilities.
Spartak Moscow already played two games from the Russian Premier League. At the opening match for the season they played against Rubin Kazan and lost the game with the result of 1:0, but in the second game, they beat PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara with the result of 1:0 and gained their first points.
Rui Vitória believes in his squad's fighting spirit and football capabilities, so tonight he must put the right tactical approach and go for the winning outcome against their visiting team from Portugal.
S.L. Benfica on the other hand went through a great friendly game warm-up campaign before the start of this season. They played 7 games, winning 5 of them and played 2 draws. That was enough preparation period for Jorge Jesus to find the right combination of his crew, and step in ready tonight against the Russians.
In the previous season they ended up third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, so this season will be very interesting to see their attitude and aspiration for higher goals starting tonight in Moscow.
We are expecting a very unpredictable match in Moscow, where both teams are going for the winning outcome. Spartak Moscow must use their home-field advantage in this first leg and be in a better position for winning the duel.