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Match facts: Benfica v Paris

Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Benfica v Paris
Nemanja Matić (right) scored his first UEFA Champions League goal on matchday five. ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Benfica v Paris

A banner will be displayed on the pitch at all UEFA Champions League matches this week as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. It reads: Madiba, the world will never forget.


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Benfica are eight games unbeaten at home in UEFA competition, winning seven.

• This season's final takes place at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

• Benfica's next European Cup draw will be their 50th.

• Nemanja Matić scored his first UEFA Champions League goal on matchday five.

• Nicolás Gaitán and Enzo Pérez are both a booking away from a suspension after picking up two yellow cards.

General information
• Benfica's five-match winning run in the Portuguese Liga ended on Friday as they were surprisingly held at home by FC Arouca, twice coming from behind in a 2-2 draw.

• Rodrigo has scored in each of Benfica's last three games.

• Funes Mori, who is not in Benfica's UEFA Champions League squad, came on for his first-team debut against Arouca. Matić missed out through suspension.

• Benfica are nine matches unbeaten at home this season, winning six.

• Óscar Cardozo, now ninth on the club's all-time scoring list, has missed the last three games with a back problem. Rúben Amorim has also been out since 9 November with a knee injury.

• Guilherme Siqueira has made just one appearance since October – against SC Braga on 23 November – because of a thigh problem.

• Eduardo Salvio is not registered for the UEFA Champions League after tearing knee ligaments in August.

• Jorge Jesus is in his fifth season in charge and is Benfica's longest-serving coach since Otto Glória (1954-59).


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Zlatan Ibrahimović's goal against Olympiacos was his eighth in this season's competition, equalling the group stage record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) and matched by Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

• Ibrahimović became the tenth player to score four goals in a UEFA Champions League game when Paris won 5-0 at RCD Anderlecht on matchday three – the French club's biggest away win in Europe. He became the 18th player to play 100 times in the UEFA Champions League on matchday five.

• Paris have scored 98 goals in the European Cup.

• Gregory van der Wiel (three group stage bookings) and Marco Verratti (sent off on matchday five) are both suspended.

General information
• Ezequiel Lavezzi scored his first club goal since August on Saturday as Paris beat FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 5-0, their biggest league win since April 2012.

• Ibrahimović has scored 22 goals in his last 15 appearances for club and country; Edinson Cavani has managed 11 in 12 outings.

• Paris's 36-game unbeaten run, stretching back to 2 March and a 1-0 defeat by Stade de Reims, ended on 4 December when Laurent Blanc's charges lost 2-0 at Évian Thonon Gaillard FC. Évian also beat them on penalties in April's French Cup quarter-finals.

• The Reims reverse was also the last time the Paris club had failed to score.

• Thiago Silva scored his first Ligue 1 goal in a 4-0 home win against Olympique Lyonnais on 1 December.

• Ibrahimović scored twice in the second leg of Sweden's FIFA World Cup play-off defeat by Portugal last month, but his side still lost 3-2, 4-2 on aggregate.

Last updated: 10/12/13 12.37CET

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