Amsterdam: Benfica coach Jorge Jesus hinted he may leave the club following the heartbreak of their 2-1 injury-time defeat by Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday. The 58-year-old, who has been in charge for four years, said the Lisbon team were the better side for most of the match and that defeat was hard to bear.
After an emotional tribute to the quality of his players, Jesus said he had been speaking with the club's hierarchy in recent times.
"In these last few weeks the club and I have been talking about the future," he told a news conference. "This defeat today will lead me to take some time to think more about these issues."
Jesus added that he was hurting as much for the fans, who had followed the team with "emotion, passion and patriotism", as for himself. The defeat was the seventh in a row for Benfica in European finals since they enjoyed enormous success half a century ago with European Cup final wins in 1961 and 1962....more
10:20 AM, May 16, 2013
St. Petersburg: Roman Shirokov scored his second goal of the game in the 89th minute as Zenit St. Petersburg beat Benfica 3-2 in the first leg of their round-of-16 match-up in the Champions League on Wednesday. Maxi Pereira put Benfica ahead in the 20th, tapping the ball in after second-choice goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov spilled Oscar Cardozo's free kick, but Shirokov equalized seven minutes later. Substitute Sergei Semak made it 2-1...
05:30 AM, Feb 16, 2012