A well-applied lesson
PAOK turned their second-leg encounter against AEL Kalloni into a one-sided affair and advanced to the Greek Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory.
Last week’s harsh lesson has been learned. That became obvious after PAOK’s second consecutive three-goal victory at Toumba since that unfortunate evening at Mytilini.
Igor Tudor’s troops controlled the match from minute one on Thursday and camped outside their rivals’ box. Stefanos Athanasiadis, Dimitris Pelkas, Jairo, Róbert Mak and Charis Charisis didn’t convert their chances into goals. The fans however applauded the team in the end of the first half, acknowledging that their fine performance would eventually produce goals.
PAOK increased their tempo further after the interval. Giannis Mystakidis was introduced in the game taking Marin Leovac’s place, a substitution that proved decisive as the Katerini-born player provided additional attacking boost to the team. It was Mystakidis, who along with Pelkas, iniciated the play that teed-up Klaus for the opener in the 58th minute.
One minute later, Dimitar Berbatov came off the bench to give AEL Kalloni players more to worry about. In the 65th minute, Mak increased PAOK’s lead following a fine effort by Mystakidis and Berbatov made it 3-0 with a header from a corner by Mak, sealing their qualification to the Greek Cup quarter-final stage.
PΑΟΚ: Melissas, Kitsiou, Vítor, Tzavellas, Leovac (Mystakidis 46′), Cimirot (Tziolis 75΄), Charisis, Pelkas, Mak, Jairo (Berbatov 60′), Athanasiadis.
AEL Kalloni: Dafkos, Mikić (Tsampouris 46′), Anastasiadis, Ukah, Spyropoulos, Ellacopulos (Kaltsas 46′), Gioukaris, Xydas (Oulgiannidis 69′), Chatzidimitriou, Bargan, Karlsson.