With Jonas suspended, fans aren’t holding their breath for a Benfica win. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Benfica coach Rui Vitoria faces another test of his powers of improvisation as he tries to patch up a team without top-scorer Jonas against Bayern Munich Wednesday.But with Brazilian marksman Jonas suspended following three yellow cards, the likelihood of beating Bayern for the first time after seven failed attempts and ending a 26-year wait since Benfica's last semifinals appearance looks more remote.The 31-year-old has scored 30 goals in only 29 Portuguese league appearances this season, plus two in his nine Champions League outings including a crucial stoppage-time winner at home to Zenit St. Petersburg in the previous round.But Vitoria, in his first season at Benfica, has already proved he can produce a winning team from a squad which lacks the strength-in-depth of elite European teams such as Bayern.
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