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country flag Champions League Round Play-Off (2)
Wed 29 August 2018 20:00
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Felix Brych (Germany)
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PAOK

Last updated: Wed 29 August 2018 08:13
In Brief

A full squad to choose from but Wernbloom is not registered.

Looking Back

Played a brave and determined game in Portugal against a strong Benfica side last week and earned a superb result at the end, The Black and Whites were on the back foot for long periods of the game but grew into the contest in the second half and Amr Warda managed to score from a rare chance in the closing stages.

Kicked off the league season with a forgettable 1:0 home win over Asteras Tripolis. A goal from a debatable penalty in the second half proved enough as PAOK kicked things off with a set of three points while keeping themselves relatively fresh.

Looking Ahead

Seeking to bring their best to the table and really make Benfica feel the atmosphere of Toumba on Wednesday as Razvan Lucescu's men target a first spot in the Champions League group stages. They have a great chance against a pretty average Benfica side and will hope to make the most of their opportunities against the Portuguese.

Omar El Kaddouri returned from injury to play at the weekend and he is expected to replace Leo Jaba in the one change compared to the first leg. Pontus Wernbloom made his debut in the game against Asteras and but he is not registered to play in Europe. Latest signing Alin Tosca is not registered to play. There are no new injury worries and the manager has a full squad to choose from apart from Dorian Levaque.

SL Benfica

Last updated: Wed 29 August 2018 10:14
In Brief

Coming from slightly disappointing home draw against arch-rivals Sporting. Best moment of the match was the first ever senior goal of highly promissing wonderkid João Félix. Salvio is ont he squad, but still a doubt. Jonas and Castillo contnue out. Ebuehi, Corchia and Krovinovic are confirmed downs.

Looking Back

In between the two matches with PAOK, Benfica played another very important match this last Saturday against the arch-rivals Sporting. The match was played in Estádio da Luz and ended with a 1-1 draw, despite the many chances Benfica had to score more goals.

Midfielder João Félix, who played eleven minutes in the first leg match with PAOK, was again used in the final moments against Sporting and scored the highly celebrated equalizer.

Looking Ahead

Winger Salvio continued out of action during the weekend, and will still be a doubt for the match in Greece. After having been a last minute absence in the first-leg match, the quick winger is still not completely recovered from the muscular discomfort. Medical staff said that Salvio is "recoverable" for Wednesday.

Much more difficult will be the case of Jonas. The Brazilian is yet to play a single minute in official matches, this season, and he is not expected to start playing just yet. Jonas will be having a decisive fitness test on Monday in order to know if he has chances of playing.

The same can be said about Nico Castillo: the striker picked an injury in the previous round of Champions League qualification, and has been out of action since then. The Chilean will also be having a fitness test on Monday to decide if he will be flying to Greece or staying home.

As Rui Vitória released the list of 22-men that traveled to Greece, Jonas and Castillo were confirmed to be out of action, while Salvio was included in the group. The Argentinean is said to have recovered from an indisposition that took him out of the first leg match as well as the Derby of last Saturday.

Points of Interest

Club is still very active on the market: Gabriel, midfielder arriving from Leganes, signed just a couple of days, and 31-years old Ramires is said to be very close to sign as well, which would be a return to Benfica, after the amazing season he had with the Eagles on 2009-10.

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Transfer in
  • Leo Jaba (att), Akhmat), Lazaros Lamprou (mid), Panionios), Yevhen Khacheridi (def), Dynamo Kyiv), Pontus Wernbloom (mid), CSKA Moscow), Alan Tosca (def), Betis)
Transfer out
  • Djalma (sp)(mid), Alanyaspor), Erik Sabo (sp)(mid), Beitar Jerusalem), Martin Leovac (r)(def), Dinamo Zagreb), Thiabult Moulin (sp)(mid), Ankaragücü - loan), Efthymos Kolouris (sp)(att), Atromitos - loan)
Transfer in
  • Vlachodimos (gk)Panathinaikos, GRE), Ebuehi (def)(Den Haag, NED), Conti (def)(Colon, ARG), C. Lema (def)(Belgrano, ARG), Yuri Ribeiro (def)(Rio Ave - Return from loan), Alfa Semedo (mid)(Moreirense), Gedson (mid)(Benfica B), João Félix (mid)(Benfica B), Facundo Ferreyra (att)(Shaktar Donetsk, UKR), Nico Castillo (att)(Pumas, MEX), Corchia (def)(Sevilla, SPA - on loan), Gabriel (mid)(Leganes, SPA)
Transfer out
  • Douglas (sp)(def)(end of loan contract), Lisandro Lopez (sp)(def)(Nantes, FRA - on loan), João Carvalho (sp)(mid)(Nottingham Forest, ENG), Raul Jimenez (sp)(att)(Wolverhampton, ENG - on loan)
Transfer in
  • Leo Jaba (att), Akhmat), Lazaros Lamprou (mid), Panionios), Yevhen Khacheridi (def), Dynamo Kyiv), Pontus Wernbloom (mid), CSKA Moscow), Alan Tosca (def), Betis)
Transfer out
  • Djalma (sp)(mid), Alanyaspor), Erik Sabo (sp)(mid), Beitar Jerusalem), Martin Leovac (r)(def), Dinamo Zagreb), Thiabult Moulin (sp)(mid), Ankaragücü - loan), Efthymos Kolouris (sp)(att), Atromitos - loan)

SL Benfica

Last updated: Wed 29 August 2018 10:14
In Brief

Coming from slightly disappointing home draw against arch-rivals Sporting. Best moment of the match was the first ever senior goal of highly promissing wonderkid João Félix. Salvio is ont he squad, but still a doubt. Jonas and Castillo contnue out. Ebuehi, Corchia and Krovinovic are confirmed downs.

Looking Back

In between the two matches with PAOK, Benfica played another very important match this last Saturday against the arch-rivals Sporting. The match was played in Estádio da Luz and ended with a 1-1 draw, despite the many chances Benfica had to score more goals.

Midfielder João Félix, who played eleven minutes in the first leg match with PAOK, was again used in the final moments against Sporting and scored the highly celebrated equalizer.

Looking Ahead

Winger Salvio continued out of action during the weekend, and will still be a doubt for the match in Greece. After having been a last minute absence in the first-leg match, the quick winger is still not completely recovered from the muscular discomfort. Medical staff said that Salvio is "recoverable" for Wednesday.

Much more difficult will be the case of Jonas. The Brazilian is yet to play a single minute in official matches, this season, and he is not expected to start playing just yet. Jonas will be having a decisive fitness test on Monday in order to know if he has chances of playing.

The same can be said about Nico Castillo: the striker picked an injury in the previous round of Champions League qualification, and has been out of action since then. The Chilean will also be having a fitness test on Monday to decide if he will be flying to Greece or staying home.

As Rui Vitória released the list of 22-men that traveled to Greece, Jonas and Castillo were confirmed to be out of action, while Salvio was included in the group. The Argentinean is said to have recovered from an indisposition that took him out of the first leg match as well as the Derby of last Saturday.

Points of Interest

Club is still very active on the market: Gabriel, midfielder arriving from Leganes, signed just a couple of days, and 31-years old Ramires is said to be very close to sign as well, which would be a return to Benfica, after the amazing season he had with the Eagles on 2009-10.

Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested
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Transfer in
  • Vlachodimos (gk)Panathinaikos, GRE), Ebuehi (def)(Den Haag, NED), Conti (def)(Colon, ARG), C. Lema (def)(Belgrano, ARG), Yuri Ribeiro (def)(Rio Ave - Return from loan), Alfa Semedo (mid)(Moreirense), Gedson (mid)(Benfica B), João Félix (mid)(Benfica B), Facundo Ferreyra (att)(Shaktar Donetsk, UKR), Nico Castillo (att)(Pumas, MEX), Corchia (def)(Sevilla, SPA - on loan), Gabriel (mid)(Leganes, SPA)
Transfer out
  • Douglas (sp)(def)(end of loan contract), Lisandro Lopez (sp)(def)(Nantes, FRA - on loan), João Carvalho (sp)(mid)(Nottingham Forest, ENG), Raul Jimenez (sp)(att)(Wolverhampton, ENG - on loan)

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Game Score
Round Play-Off (1)
Red Star Belgrade - Red Bull Salzburg 0 - 0
BATE Borisov - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 3
SL Benfica - PAOK 1 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1
Ajax - Dynamo Kyiv 3 - 1
MOL Vidi - AEK Athens 1 - 2
Round Play-Off (2)
Dynamo Kyiv - Ajax 0 - 0
Dinamo Zagreb - Young Boys Bern 1 - 2
AEK Athens - MOL Vidi 1 - 1
PAOK - SL Benfica 1 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - BATE Borisov 3 - 0
Red Bull Salzburg - Red Star Belgrade 2 - 2
Round Grp B (1)
Internazionale - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1
FC Barcelona - PSV Eindhoven 4 - 0
Round Grp A (1)
Monaco - Atletico Madrid 1 - 2
Club Brugge - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 1
Round Grp C (1)
Liverpool - Paris St Germain 3 - 2
Red Star Belgrade - Napoli 0 - 0
Round Grp D (1)
Schalke - FC Porto 1 - 1
Galatasaray - Lokomotiv Moscow 3 - 0
Round Grp F (1)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Manchester City - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2
Round Grp E (1)
Ajax - AEK Athens 3 - 0
SL Benfica - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Round Grp G (1)
Real Madrid - Roma 3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow 2 - 2
Round Grp H (1)
Valencia - Juventus 0 - 2
Young Boys Bern - Manchester United 0 - 3
Round Grp F (2)
Hoffenheim - Manchester City 1 - 2
Olympique Lyonnais - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 2
Round Grp H (2)
Juventus - Young Boys Bern 3 - 0
Manchester United - Valencia 0 - 0
Round Grp E (2)
Bayern Munchen - Ajax 1 - 1
AEK Athens - SL Benfica 2 - 3
Round Grp G (2)
Roma - FC Viktoria Plzen 5 - 0
CSKA Moscow - Real Madrid 1 - 0
Round Grp C (2)
Paris St Germain - Red Star Belgrade 6 - 1
Napoli - Liverpool 1 - 0
Round Grp D (2)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Schalke 0 - 1
FC Porto - Galatasaray 1 - 0
Round Grp A (2)
Borussia Dortmund - Monaco 3 - 0
Atletico Madrid - Club Brugge 3 - 1
Round Grp B (2)
Tottenham Hotspur - FC Barcelona 2 - 4
PSV Eindhoven - Internazionale 1 - 2
Round Grp H (3)
Young Boys Bern - Valencia 1 - 1
Manchester United - Juventus 0 - 1
Round Grp E (3)
AEK Athens - Bayern Munchen 0 - 2
Ajax - SL Benfica 1 - 0
Round Grp F (3)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester City 0 - 3
Hoffenheim - Olympique Lyonnais 3 - 3
Round Grp G (3)
Roma - CSKA Moscow 3 - 0
Real Madrid - FC Viktoria Plzen 2 - 1
Round Grp B (3)
PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 2
FC Barcelona - Internazionale 2 - 0
Round Grp A (3)
Club Brugge - Monaco 1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4 - 0
Round Grp C (3)
Liverpool - Red Star Belgrade 4 - 0
Paris St Germain - Napoli 2 - 2
Round Grp D (3)
Lokomotiv Moscow - FC Porto 1 - 3
Galatasaray - Schalke 0 - 0
Round Grp C (4)
Red Star Belgrade - Liverpool 2 - 0
Napoli - Paris St Germain 1 - 1
Round Grp A (4)
Monaco - Club Brugge 0 - 4
Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0
Round Grp B (4)
Internazionale - FC Barcelona 1 - 1
Tottenham Hotspur - PSV Eindhoven 2 - 1
Round Grp D (4)
FC Porto - Lokomotiv Moscow 4 - 1
Schalke - Galatasaray 2 - 0
Round Grp H (4)
Valencia - Young Boys Bern 3 - 1
Juventus - Manchester United 1 - 2
Round Grp G (4)
CSKA Moscow - Roma 1 - 2
FC Viktoria Plzen - Real Madrid 0 - 5
Round Grp E (4)
Bayern Munchen - AEK Athens 2 - 0
SL Benfica - Ajax 1 - 1
Round Grp F (4)
Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 6 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - Hoffenheim 2 - 2
Round Grp E (5)
AEK Athens - Ajax 0 - 2
Bayern Munchen - SL Benfica 5 - 1
Round Grp G (5)
CSKA Moscow - FC Viktoria Plzen 1 - 2
Roma - Real Madrid 0 - 2
Round Grp F (5)
Olympique Lyonnais - Manchester City 2 - 2
Hoffenheim - Shakhtar Donetsk 2 - 3
Round Grp H (5)
Juventus - Valencia 1 - 0
Manchester United - Young Boys Bern 1 - 0
Round Grp A (5)
Atletico Madrid - Monaco 2 - 0
Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge 0 - 0
Round Grp D (5)
Lokomotiv Moscow - Galatasaray 2 - 0
FC Porto - Schalke 3 - 1
Round Grp C (5)
Paris St Germain - Liverpool 2 - 1
Napoli - Red Star Belgrade 3 - 1
Round Grp B (5)
Tottenham Hotspur - Internazionale 1 - 0
PSV Eindhoven - FC Barcelona 1 - 2
Round Grp D (6)
Galatasaray - FC Porto 2 - 3
Schalke - Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 0
Round Grp A (6)
Monaco - Borussia Dortmund 0 - 2
Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid 0 - 0
Round Grp B (6)
FC Barcelona - Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
Internazionale - PSV Eindhoven 1 - 1
Round Grp C (6)
Red Star Belgrade - Paris St Germain 1 - 4
Liverpool - Napoli 1 - 0
Round Grp G (6)
Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow 0 - 3
FC Viktoria Plzen - Roma 2 - 1
Round Grp F (6)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1
Manchester City - Hoffenheim 2 - 1
Round Grp H (6)
Valencia - Manchester United 2 - 1
Young Boys Bern - Juventus 2 - 1
Round Grp E (6)
Ajax - Bayern Munchen 3 - 3
SL Benfica - AEK Athens 1 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (1)
Manchester United - Paris St Germain 0 - 2
Roma - FC Porto 2 - 1
Ajax - Real Madrid 1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0
Olympique Lyonnais - FC Barcelona 0 - 0
Liverpool - Bayern Munchen 0 - 0
Schalke - Manchester City 2 - 3
Atletico Madrid - Juventus 2 - 0
Round 1/8 Final (2)
Real Madrid - Ajax 1 - 4
Borussia Dortmund - Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1
Paris St Germain - Manchester United 1 - 3
FC Porto - Roma 3 - 1
(AET)
Manchester City - Schalke 7 - 0
Juventus - Atletico Madrid 3 - 0
FC Barcelona - Olympique Lyonnais 5 - 1
Bayern Munchen - Liverpool 1 - 3
Round 1/4 Final (1)
Liverpool - FC Porto 2 - 0
Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester City 1 - 0
Manchester United - FC Barcelona 0 - 1
Ajax - Juventus 1 - 1
Round 1/4 Final (2)
FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3 - 0
Juventus - Ajax 1 - 2
Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 3
FC Porto - Liverpool 1 - 4
Round 1/2 Final (1)
Tottenham Hotspur - Ajax 0 - 1
FC Barcelona - Liverpool 3 - 0
Round 1/2 Final (2)
Liverpool - FC Barcelona 4 - 0
Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 3
Round Final
Tottenham Hotspur - Liverpool 0 - 2