Prijović accompanied his Serbia debut with an assist, Warda’s Egypt lost, Kaçe, Shakhov and Cimirot didn’t play, while Greece U21s and U19s engaged in strong friendlies. Here is what PAOK players did in the latest international break:
Aleksandar Prijović had a memorable debut with the national team of Serbia. The PAOK striker was introduced in the game against Wales in the 67th minute and, seven minutes later, he provided a brilliand back-heeled assist for Mitrović’s equalizer. That point kept the Serbians at the top of their qualifying group with 12 points, level with the Republic of Ireland.
Greece earned a hard-fought point in Bosnia with a goalless draw and remained second in the standings, having their luck in their own hands, regarding a place in the play-offs. Gojko Cimirot remained on the substitutes’ bench for the Bosnians.
Ukraine and Albania both recorded important away victories (2-1 in Finland and 3-0 in Israel respectively). Yevhen Shakhov and Ergys Kaçe were unused subs.
Egypt didn’t start well their engagements in the qualifying stage of the 2019 African Cup of Nations. For their opening encounter, they lost away 1-0 to Tunisia. Amr Warda came off the bench in the 87th minute, but couldn’t do anything to prevent the defeat.
Greece U20s tried their luck in an away match against Serbia and lost 3-1. Coach Antonis Nikopolidis started Efthymis Koulouris and Lazaros Lambrou in his initial line-up . In half-time, he took them out and introduced Panagiotis Deligiannidis and Dimitris Limnios on the pitch.
Greece U19s played two friendlies against Denmark. They won 1-0 in the first match, with Siampanis , Tzovaras, Dimitriou and Chatzidimpas making it to the initial line-up and with Lyratzis coming on as substitute. In the second encounter, Greece lost 5-2. Dimitriou, Chatzidimpas and Lyratzis started, Tzovaras came as sub and Siampanis remained on the bench.