Krasnodar vs. PAOK: Facts & Figures
Ahead of the first leg of PAOK’s UEFA Champions League Play Offs tie against Krasnodar, paokfc.gr puts you in the picture about the background to the match, as well as a look back at our previous encounters against Russian sides in Europe.
- This is the fifth time that PAOK is up against a team from Russia. Up to now the Greek side have faced four different clubs in the UEFA Cup, as well as in the Champions League qualifiers.
- The only time PAOK progressed from those previous ties was in the Champions League, in the 2018-19 season when the Double-headed Eagle overcame Spartak Moscow in the third qualifying round. However, PAOK were eliminated by their next opponents Benfica and failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
- The first time PAOK faced a Russian club was in the 2010-11 season in the Europa League Round of 32 against CSKA Moscow, when they were eliminated after losing 1-0 at the Toumba and drawing 1-1 away in Russia (80′ Ignasevic – 67′ Muslimovic).
- In the following season, Rubin Kazan were the opponents in the group stage of the Europa League, with both games ending in a draw. Firstly, the teams drew 2-2 (52′ Nelson Valdes, 66′ Dyadyun – 22′ Athanasiadis, 80′ Fotakis) in Russia and then the match at the Toumba ended 1-1 (15′ Vierinha – 48′ Nelson Valdes).
- In the 2015-16 campaign, PAOK faced today’s opponents, Krasnodar. After a 0-0 draw at the Toumba, PAOK lost 2-1 (Ari Joazinho – 90′ Mak) in Russia.
- The last time PAOK faced a team from Russia was in the 2018-19 season against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League qualifiers, and μa 3-2 (29′ Prijovic, 37′ Limnios, 44′ Pelkas – 7′ Popov, 17′ Promes) win laid the foundations for qualification before a 0-0 draw in Russia confirmed it.
- This is the seventh time that the Double-headed Eagle is playing in the Champions League qualifiers and is looking for its first-ever qualification to the group stage.
- The first time, PAOK faced Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2004-05 , the second was against Ajax in 2010-11, the third was in 2013-14 in the 3rd qualifying round against Metalist and then against Schalke, while in 2016-17 PAOK faced Ajax again in the 3rd qualifying round. In 2018-19 PAOK came up first against FC Basel, dispatching them after two wins, also then progressing past Spartak Moscow, before falling to Benfica. In the 2019-20 season PAOK came up against Ajax again in the 3rd qualifying round.
- This season began with a one-legged tie against Besiktas, which PAOK won 3-1 thanks to two goals from Tziolis and a strike from Pelkas. The next step was another one-legged tie against Benfica in the 3rd qualifying round, and PAOK progressed thanks to a 2-1 (63′ Giannoulis , 75′ Α.Zivkovic – 90′ Rafa Silva) win which sent the team through to the Play Offs of the Champions League.
- Overall, PAOK has played 20 times and won five matches, while drawing eight and losing eight. Five of those draws came in away matches. In all of these games, PAOK has scored 30 goals, with Prijovic leading the scoring charts with four, while Christos Tziolis, Dimitris Pelkas, Vladan Ivic, Stefanos Athanasiadis and Diego Biseswar all have two goals. On the list of scorers are also Neschid, Stoch, Katsouranis, Giasoumis, Vieirinha, Salpingidis, Djalma, Limnios, Canas, Varela, El Kaddouri, Warda, Akpom, Leo Matos, A. Zivkovic.