Last-gasp drop of points
PAOK travelled to Larissa, aiming to record their first away victory in this season’s league. For 89 minutes, it looked as if they would finally make it, despite not performing to the best of their abilities. However, the hosts managed to steal the draw point in the dying minutes of the encounter. The match would have turned out differently, had referee Katsikogiannis awarded a penalty in the 68th minute, when Μatos was brought down by Rentzas.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” fielded the same line-up as in their previous match against PAS Giannina in Toumba. They took the reins of the encounter right from the start. AEL Larissa contended themselves to defend in numbers and close all corridors leading to Božović’s area.
No noteworthy chances were created in the first 30 minutes, apart from a dangerous shot by Omar El Kaddouri in the 7th minute, saved by the Montenegran keeper of the hosts. In the last quarter of the first half, PAOK stepped on the throttle and started carving out opportunities to score.
Adelino Vieirinha came close to an opener with a header in the 39th minute, teed up by Marin Leovac, but the ball went just wide. One minute later, the Portuguese winger collected an excellent through-ball by Maurício , but his shot wasn’t on target. A few minutes later, Vieirinha turned to provider, set up Matos beautifully and the latter made it 1-0 just before the interval.
In the second half, PAOK remained in command but failed to create much danger, while the hosts also looked harmless upfront. In the 68th minute, as mentioned before, Matos was ready to complete his brace, but the referee waved “play on”.
In the final minutes of the encounter, AEL pushed for the equalizer but PAOK’s defence held firm. In the 88th minute, Efthymis Koulouris was shown the red card when he unintentionally elbowed Križman in an aerial duel. One minute later, the hosts managed to drill through PAOK’s defence who were caught napping as Križman made it 1-1.
AEL Larissa: Božović, Wallace, Jovanović (24’ Farkaš), Žižić, Rentzas (84’ Masouras), Fatjon, Aganović, Leozinho (76’ Perrone’), Križman, Deletić, Nazlidis.