PAOK vs. Benfica: Facts & Figures
Ahead of PAOK’s UEFA Champions Leage 3rd qualifying round tie against Benfica, paokfc.gr puts you in the picture about the background to the match, as well as a look back at our previous encounters against the Portuguese club.
- PAOK are facing Benfica for the fourth time in European competitions. Two of those previous encounters were in the UEFA Cup and the third time was in the Champions League, as is the case this time.
- The first match between the two clubs took place in the 1999-00 season in the 2nd round of the UEFA Cup, a game which PAOK lost 1-2 at the Toumba (89’ Frantzeskos, 68’ Nuno Gomez, 90’ Guiaro). In the return match in Portugal, PAOK leveled the tie with a 2-1 win (25’ Kandaurov – 28’ Maragos, 44’ Sabri), but were eliminated on penalties.
- The the 2014-15 season, the two teams met again, this time in the “Round of 32” in the Europa League with Benfica progressing courtesy of two wins, 1-0 at home and 3-0 away.
- In the 2018-19 campaign, PAOK earned a 1-1 draw (45’ Pizzi – 76’ Warda ) in Portugal, but lost 1-4 at the Toumba even though the home side had gone 1-0 ahead after 13 minutes thanks to Prijovic’s goal.
- This is the seventh time the Double-headed Eagle in competing in the Champions League qualifiers and is aiming to reach the group stage.
- The first time was in the 2004-05 season against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the second time against Ajax in 2010-11, the third, in 2013-14, saw PAOK face Metalist and then Schalke, while in 2016-17 the opposition was Ajax once again in the 3rd qualifying round. In the 2018-19 season, PAOK started against FC Basel, whom it knocked out thanks to two wins, before going on to eliminate Spartak Moscow, only to fall to Benfica. In the 2019-20 season PAOK faced Ajax for the third time in the qualifying stages.
- This season PAOK started with a tie against Besiktas, progressing thanks to a 3-1 win with the goals scored by Tziolis, who grabbed two, and Pelkas. That win saw PAOK qualifying to face Benfica in the 3rd qualifying round.
- Overall, PAOK have played 19 times in qualifying matches and have a total record of 4 wins, 7 draws, and 8 losses. Five of the draws have been away matches. PAOK has scored 28 goals in those matches, with Projovic the top scorer with four. Christos Tziolis, Dimitris Pelkas , Vladan Ivic, Stefanos Athanasiadis, and Diego Biseswar all have two each. Also on the scorers list with one goal apiece are Stoch, Nechid, Katsouranis, Giasoumis, Vieirinha , Salpingidis, Djalma, Limnios , Canas, Varela , El Kaddouri , Warda , Akpom , Leo Matos.