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Lima puts Benfica in control against PAOK

Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 20.52CET
PAOK FC 0-1 SL Benfica
Brazilian forward Lima settled this hard-fought UEFA Europa League round of 32 opener by scoring shortly before the hour.
Lima puts Benfica in control against PAOK
Benfica players celebrate Lima's winner ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 20.52CET

Lima puts Benfica in control against PAOK

PAOK FC 0-1 SL Benfica
Brazilian forward Lima settled this hard-fought UEFA Europa League round of 32 opener by scoring shortly before the hour.

A predatory finish from Brazilian striker Lima proved sufficient for SL Benfica to beat PAOK FC 1-0 in their UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg. 

Featuring in this competition for the first time since succumbing to Chelsea FC in last season's final, Benfica had toiled in vain to prise open a PAOK defence without a clean sheet in ten European home games. That was until Lima pounced on 59 minutes, edging Jorge Jesus's men a step closer to a last-16 meeting with FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk or Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Opportunities were slow to materialise in Salonika, with Sekou Oliseh's long-range effort the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock in a tense opening half-hour. At the other end, Sílvio concluded a lung-bursting run by slashing wide on the angle after taking receipt of Jardel's incisive pass.

Midfielder Costin Lazăr personified the Greek team's enthusiasm at the start of the second half, pickpocketing Maxi Pereira and curling a shot centimetres past the far post. An even contest then changed dramatically shortly before the hour. Enzo Pérez's hopeful centre was cleverly brought down by Filip Djuričić and Lima – on the periphery for long periods – rifled the ball past Panagiotis Glykos.

The breakthrough sparked a sustained spell of pressure from the Portuguese outfit, who almost doubled their lead when Lazar Marković's goal-bound effort was expertly tipped over by Glykos. From then on Benfica looked in little danger of conceding and their victory was confirmed when Artur repelled Kostas Katsouranis's header at the death.

Last updated: 22/02/14 0.01CET

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Lineups

paok

PAOK

benfica

Benfica

71
GlykosPanagiotis Glykos (GK)
1
ArturArtur (GK)
8
MaduroHedwiges Maduro
Yellow Card54
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
16
LinoLino
6
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
25
LazărCostin Lazăr
Yellow Card27
Substitution82
8
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution76
26
KaçeErgys Kaçe
Yellow Card5
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
28
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
11
LimaLima
Goal59
29
InsaurraldeJuan Insaurralde
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
33
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
28
SílvioSílvio
70
KitsiouStelios Kitsiou
30
André GomesAndré Gomes
Yellow Card45
Substitution66
77
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution63
33
JardelJardel
99
OlisehSekou Oliseh
Substitution76
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
Substitution63

Substitutes

81
GspurningMichael Gspurning (GK)
13
Paulo LopesPaulo Lopes (GK)
2
SkondrasGiannis Skondras
3
VitóriaSteven Vitória
3
TzavellasGiorgos Tzavellas
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution63
9
VukićZvonimir Vukić
16
SiqueiraGuilherme Siqueira
10
LucasLucas
Substitution63
18
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution76
11
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution76
Yellow Card85
19
RodrigoRodrigo
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution82
50
L. MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution66

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Tobias Stieler (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)

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