For Benfica, this Wednesday is all or nothing. A defeat against Ajax means goodbye to the Champions League.
The urgency of the locals contrasts with a certain tranquility of the Dutch, who will look tonight in Lisbon to seal their qualification in advance for the knockout stages of the competition. With a victory against Benfica, Ajax, leader of Group E, would reach the ten points and would have secured at least the second place.
In case of defeat at home and Bayern's victory against AEK, the Portuguese would be eliminated from the competition. So there is no other option for the incarnates to win.
The problem is that the moment could not be worse for the Lisboners, who have three consecutive defeats between their home league and Champions. First they fell in Amsterdam to the same rivals tonight with a painful goal in added time after making a brave game in the home of the rivals. A blow that the team ended up accusing in the league, where it lost to Belenenses (2-0) and Moreirense (1-3), and ended up losing the lead for the great rivals, Oporto.
The moment of the Ajax is totally different: its last defeat was the 23 of September before the PSV (3-0). Since then, there have been eight wins and only one draw, in the Champions League against Bayern (1-1) in Munich. The young star Dolberg, 21, who felt an injury on Saturday against Willem II and was doubtful, was released and must begin as a starter.