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PARIS - Standing at the top of the Portuguese league, its time for Benfica to its turn fortunes around on the European stage.With only one point after three games in Group C of the Champions League, Benfica is desperate for a good result to keep alive its chances of progressing to the knockout stage as Monaco travels to Lisbon on Tuesday.Monaco, which has been struggling in front of goal this season following the departures of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, remains unbeaten in the competition and can move to the top of the group with a win depending on leader Bayer Leverkusens result against Zenit St. Petersburg.Here are some things to know about Tuesdays matches:___TIME FOR TALISCAAfter racking up eight goals in nine Portuguese league games, Benfica needs Talisca to show the same form against Monaco.The Brazilian is the top scorer in Portugal. He has netted more goals than eight clubs in the league, including the winner in last weekends 1-0 win at Rio Ave that kept Benfica at the top of the table.Talisca has so far disappointed, though, in his first season in the Champions League. His masterful left-foot shots havent found their target, and the Lisbon club is having one of its worst European campaigns ever.Adding to the concerns of coach Jorge Jesus, Argentine winger Nicolas Gaitan is doubtful with a back injury and central defender Lisandro Lopez is suspended.___LEVERKUSENS BEATINGBayer Leverkusen had a nasty, bruising, match in Hamburg, losing 1-0.Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu was singled out for rough treatment after leaving Hamburg in off season on bad terms and endured many fouls. But the team escaped without any major injury and captain Lars Bender is expected to be able to play despite a bruised nose and knee.Leverkusen leads the group and a victory in St. Petersburg would cement the position.Weve put ourselves in a good position and we will try to keep it that way, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller said. But the group will be decided on the final match day.The rival has to attack and we should have some space to counter, Voeller said.Leverkusen will be without suspended left back Wendell. The Brazilian has been one of Leverkusens better players and his absence could hurt.___GOALS NEEDEDAfter finishing second to Paris Saint-Germain in the French league last season, Monaco received a brutal reality check following the departures of Falcao and Rodriguez.The pair of strikers has not been replaced and Leonardo Jardims side scored only 14 goals in 12 league matches so far, having won just six of its 15 matches in all competitions.Jardim was left frustrated by Fridays 1-1 home draw with Reims and has asked his players to be more efficient in the final third.We have lots of chances in every match, we are not clinical enough, Jardim said.Jardim also has to cope with injuries and his main offensive asset, veteran Dimitar Berbatov, remains sidelined with a groin injury. Spanish defender Borja Lopez is still unavailable with a knee injury but Joao Moutinho, who recovered from a shoulder problem, is likely to start.___SILVA HEADING BACK HOMEOn loan at Monaco this season, Bernardo Silva is eager to return to the club which has nurtured him.The Portuguese midfielder joined Benfica as an 8-year-old boy but left during the off-season after Jorge Jesus called him up only three times last season.At Monaco, Silva has gained the confidence of his new coach as Jardim uses him regularly in the league and already gave him a Champions League start.Playing in the French league and the Champions League after a stint in the Portuguese second division is wonderful, the 20-year-old midfielder said. The club has put its trust in the young players, and we are trying to repay them for what they do by winning matches, and hopefully titles.___SLOWING DOWNZenit has won 17 of its 21 Russian league games and 22 of its 29 matches in all competitions since Andre Villas-Boas took over in March.However, the pace has slowed, with two wins from the last six matches in all competitions for Zenit, which failed to score in three of those six matches, including its last two Champions League games.Villas-Boas, the former Tottenham manager, does not see any reason to be worried, though. His team remains at the top of the Russian league by seven points and is still unbeaten after 12 games following Saturdays victory over second-place CSKA Moscow 1-0.Everyone is still in good form and fresh, Villas-Boas said. Shoes Black Friday Deals 2020 . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. 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He plays with a lot of energy, a lot of passion, Williams noted of Lowry following a 116-109 win in Torontos exhibition home opener. I love to surround myself with those types of guys, that are very passionate about trying to win basketball games. Every night he goes out there he lays it on the line. Through three quarters, Lowry had nearly as many fouls (five) as points (eight), Williams had missed all three of his attempts from the floor in 14 minutes of action and the Raptors trailed by six. No sweat. Williams misfired on his next three tries before finally getting one to fall five minutes into the final frame. Taking a pass from Lowry, the newcomer pump faked on the right elbow, drove into the defence, absorbed the contact in what would become a three-point play and buried a runner to give Toronto its first lead of the quarter. He had waited a long time, longer than expected, for his first Raptors bucket on home court and his reaction said it all. With a big smirk on his face, Williams put his head down and shrugged as if to say, finally! It was just nice to just make a shot, he admitted. I make my living off of making shots so if youre not making shots its not a good night for you. Just to put one in and just put [three] more points on the board, that was great for me. Lou, he got it going, said Lowry, who scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth as Toronto outscored the visiting Celtics 29-16 to seal the victory. Hes a fourth-quarter player. Everyone knows that. Indeed, Williams is no stranger to the big moment, something hes proven after just three exhibition outings. Making his Raptors debut on Sunday, a win over the Kings in Vancouver, Williams went into the fourth without a field goal before hitting five of nine attempts, playing the final 12 minutes. Known for his late-game heroics as a member of the 76ers - burning Toronto on a number of occasions - Williams was once one of the premier reserves in the NBA before joining his hometown Hawks and succumbing to injury. Now, 20 months removed from serious knee surgery and coming off a lost season in Atlanta, Williams is looking for redemption and the Raptors are looking for a player that can help take them to the nextt level.dddddddddddd A resilient group, last years Raptors were one of the NBAs best fourth-quarter teams, outscoring opponents by a margin of 195 points, tops in the league. Their undoing often came in closing time, the final few minutes of tight games, when their offence would go stale. They were just 3-8 in games decided by three points or less and 1-6 in overtime. Enter Williams. Hes always been a third and fourth-quarter player, if you look at his history, said Dwane Casey. Lou has made a career of doing that. Thats the time when guys win games, Williams said. Thats when they play the hardest, thats when everybody concentrates the most and thats always been an area Ive had a strong suit in. Mostly, his adjustment will come on the opposite end. If he hopes to play a significant role in Caseys rotation and remain on the floor in crunch time, he knows hell have to appease his defensive-minded head coach first. He has to give it to us on the defensive side, Casey said. Thats his biggest challenge because that hasnt been his reputation. He can do it but weve got to have that consistently from him. Hes a defensive coach, Williams said of Casey. And thats what this team has hung their hat on, thats how theyve had success in the past. So I just want to come in, be one of the guys and do the same things he would expect from everyone else. This will likely require some work from both parties. Williams will have to adapt, learn the schemes and make a concerted effort to, at the very least, be an adequate defender. Casey and coaching staff may need to get creative. Paired with Greivis Vasquez, another guard with some defensive shortcomings, Williams was part of a unit that allowed Avery Bradley to go off and the Celtics to rip off a 16-7 run at the start of the second quarter. Surrounded by four plus-defenders - Lowry, James Johnson, Patrick Patterson and Amir Johnson - he was also part of the group that turned the game around, holding Boston to 16 points on 29 per cent shooting in the fourth. [Im] still finding my rhythm, he said. I took some positives out of tonight but at the same time its still preseason. Raptor returns After sitting out the teams first two games nursing a couple minor ailments - hand and knee - Patrick Patterson didnt miss a beat coming off the bench in his preseason debut Friday. He gave us defensive energy, Casey said of Patterson, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards in his return. Well take that. He brings a defensive energy to the court that you cant really put a premium on. Terrence Ross, who missed Tuesdays loss in Sacramento with a sore right ankle, was also back in the lineup. Re-joining the starting unit, Ross added eight points in 27 minutes. Back-up centre Greg Stiemsma was unavailable having failed to pass the leagues baseline concussion tests, the result of a hard fall in Tuesdays game. Hell be re-examined Saturday. ' ' '

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