PAOK with the advantage over Panionios
The “Double-Headed Eagle” made an important step towards the Greek Cup semi-finals, with their away 1-1 draw at Nea Smyrni.
In knock-out encounters, errors prove costly, therefore both sides were defense-minded trying not to leave open spaces to their rivals. PAOK took the initiative from the start and got ball possession.
Contrary to what has been happening this season, the “Double-Headed Eagle” managed to convert the first chance they got. Dimitris Pelkas gave them the lead after 15 minutes of play with a lobbed shot. The young Greek midfielder could have doubled his tally a few minutes later, following a corner by Róbert Mak, but his headed effort was denied by woodwork.
The complexion of the game didn’t change, but Panionios also managed to score on their first opportunity, thanks to a header by Masouras in the 34th minute.
After the interval, the pace remained unchanged and PAOK held on to the draw rather comfortably. Igor Tudor shuffled his pack and the ball remained around Panionios’ box. Stefanos Athanasiadis came close to a winner teed up by Jairo.
This result is deemed as positive for a first-leg away encounter in the Greek Cup and PAOK have a healthy advantage ahead of the Toumba encounter.
Panionios (Marinos Ouzounidis): Dioudis, Ikonomou, Chatziisaias, Risvanis, Vlachos, Korbos, Siopis, Μasouras (Chalkiadakis 80′), Bargan (Τzandaris 68′), Bakasetas, Αnsarifard (Κaramanos 58′)
PΑΟΚ (Igor Tudor): Vellidis, Skondras, Τzavellas, Κorovesis, Costa, Cimirot, Τziolis, Μak (Jairo 56′), Rodrigues (Μystakidis 82′), Pelkas (Sabo 91′), Αthanasiadis.