Stadio Toumba - Salonika 20/02/2014 - 19:00CET (20:00 local time)

Round of 32, First leg

PAOK - Benfica
0-1

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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
 

Match statistics

PAOK
Benfica

0

Goals scored

1

45

Possession (%)

55

5

Total attempts

5

1

on target

2

3

off target

3

1

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

2

Corners

7

6

Offsides

3

4

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

11

Fouls committed

17

17

Fouls suffered

11

433

Passes

527

352

completed

450

Lineups

paok

PAOK

benfica

Benfica

71Glykos (GK)1Artur (GK)
8Maduro
Yellow Card54
4Luisão (C)
16Lino6Rúben Amorim
25Lazăr
Yellow Card27
Substitution82
8Sulejmani
Substitution76
26Kace
Yellow Card5
10Djuričić
28Katsouranis (C)11Lima
Goal59
29Insaurralde14Maxi Pereira
33Athanasiadis28Sílvio
70Kitsiou30André Gomes
Yellow Card45
Substitution66
77Ninis
Substitution63
33Jardel
99Oliseh
Substitution76
35Pérez
Substitution63

Substitutes

81Gspurning (GK)13Paulo Lopes (GK)
2Skondras3Vitória
3Tzavellas5Fejsa
Substitution63
9Vukić16Siqueira
10Lucas
Substitution63
18Salvio
Substitution76
11Stoch
Substitution76
Yellow Card85
19Rodrigo
14Salpingidis
Substitution82
50L. Marković
Substitution66

Coaches

Huub Stevens (NED) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

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Last updated: 20/02/2014 21:20 CET

Standings

 
  
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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