A new start
After the European elimination shock and having to play behind closed doors in Toumba Stadium, the “Double-Headed Eagle” wanted to prove that they could return to performances worthy of their quality. Răzvan Lucescu fielded a changed line-up. They were affected in the first half, but eventually their display was better than last Thursday’s.
The Serbian striker however managed to score the opener in the 41st minute through a header –and it was the boost PAOK needed. However, Shakhov conceded a penalty against the run of play just before the interval and Nunes converted the spot kick for a 1-1 first half result.
The home side hit the ground running after the interval, aiming to hold on possession and create more opportunities to score. This time around, their finishing was spot on. Dimitris Pelkas made it 2-1 in the 54th minute with a close-range shot following Léo Matos’s cross. Six minutes later, Róbert Mak increased PAOK’s lead and sealed their victory with his first touch of the ball after being introduced from the bench.
PAOK recorded their first league victory for the season in “mute” Toumba, hoping that they will add many more and bring a smile on their fans’ faces…
AOK Kerkyra: Giannakopoulos, Spinoulas, Venetis, Ιoannou, Gomes, Κontos (62’ Bauman), Diogo, Siontis, Nunes (52’ Epstein), Doualla, Zorbas (76′ Melikiotis)