PAOK made their life difficult…
As Igor Tudor often says, football is a weird game as the complexion of a game is not always reflected on the result. In Lesvos, PAOK flirted with disaster, but Mak’s goal permits them hope of turning things around in Toumba Stadium.
An early goal and a swift counterattack, when PAOK were camped in attack looking for an equalizer, had AEL Kalloni leading comfortably (although not deservedly) 2-0, before the visitors reduced distances. PAOK didn’t play well, but they were better than their opponents who defended in numbers after taking the lead.
It wasn’t a good game, nor could it be, as high winds affected the players’ efforts, all of them trying to guess where the ball would land.
PAOK fielded a 4-4-2 diamond formation and got the initiative right from the start, enjoyed ball possession, but lacked substance in their game. They couldn’t break into Hogg’s box easily. The Maltese goalkeeper intervened whenever called to –especially in Pelkas’s shot in the 73rd minute.
Georgiou’s goal on a rebound after Were’s shot and Μelissas’s initial save permitted AEL Kalloni to entertain qualification hopes. In the dying minutes, however, PAOK scored, meaning that everything will be decided in Toumba in a week’s time.
AEL Kalloni: Hogg, Tsampouris, Valios, Αnastasiadis, Spyropoulos, Κaltsas, Εllacopulos, Georgiou, Μanousos (94’ Κaragiorgis), Were (90’ Gioukaris), Marković (79’ Bargan)
PΑΟΚ: Μelissas, Skondras (59’ Μystakidis), Τzavellas, Vítor, Leovac, Cimirot, Golasa (71’ Sabο), Pelkas, Charisis, Μak, Αthanasiadis (59’ Berbatov)