Superior but defeated
Apart from 25 minutes at the start of the match, PAOK were in control of proceedings but ended up losing 1-0 to AEK Athens.
few goalscoring chances, AEK were the ones to score. In a set piece that PAOK’s defence could have easily cleared, the ball landed at the feet of Vargas who sent it at the back of the net. The home side didn’t get dangerous, apart from another… half chance in the second half.
As for PAOK, even in their mediocre spell at the start of the match, they had many chances with Rodrigues and dominated the encounter despite having fallen back.
After the interval, PAOK were putting the football and AEK Athens were defending in numbers. The Thessaloniki outfit came close to equalizing in the last ten minutes, but Ricardo Costa, Stelios Kitsiou and Giorgos Tzavellas missed their chances to prevent a defeat that doesn’t mirror the outlook of the encounter.
ΑΕΚ (Gustavo Poyet): Anestis, Galo, Kolovetsios, Arzo, Didac, Simões, Johansson, Mantalos, Barbosa (91′ Soiledis), Vargas (61′ Djebbour), Αravidis (91′ Buonanotte)
PΑΟΚ (Igor Tudor): Vellidis, Korovesis, Tzavellas, Vítor (77′ Costa), Kitsiou, Cimirot, Tziolis (46′ Berbatov), Mak, Charisis, Rodrigues, Athanasiadis (70′ Jairo)