PAOK were really impressive and “drowned” Panetolikos 3-0 in Agrinio.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” finished off the encounter in the first half, when the pitch was still playable. Even in the short time he’s been at the helm, Vladan Ivić has managed to stamp elements of his own philosophy on the team. He went for a 4-3-3 formation with Dimitris Pelkas and Giannis Mystakidis in the flanks to provide the necessary width. That made it possible for Stefanos Athanasiadis to move in the box and get a steady stream of passes, as PAOK dominated proceedings and had ball possession right from the start.
However Pelkas and Klaus (twice teed up by Marin Leovac) failed to convert the first chances they got to score. Eventually Miguel Vítor joined his team’s attacking game and unblocked the situation! The Portuguese defender combined impeccably with Athanasiadis, serving him for the opener in the 22nd minute!
It wasn’t his only assist in the game though. In the 39th minute, he provided the long accurate cross and PAOK’s captain doubled his team’s lead with a great finish.
Torrential rain and hail almost led to the match being suspended. It didn’t, but the pitch got extremely heavy for the second half. However PAOK had a healthy lead to safeguard.
Ivić’s troops prevailed in the… waterpolo match of the second half, missing more chances to enhance their lead through Athanasiadis, Pelkas, Charis Charisis and Ergys Kace. Nikos Korovesis was on target though, making it 3-0 in minute 67 with a fine header, set up by Mystakidis.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” recorded their first away league victory since their three-pointer over AEL Kalloni last November. And they did it in style, in Ivić’s debut as their head coach.
Panetolikos: Kyriakidis, Κevin (75’ Vasiliou), Μakos, Kousas, Μygas, Ferreyra (46’ Chantakias), Μuñoz, Marcos Paulo, Clésio, Markovski, Warda (80’ Roumpoulakos)
PΑΟΚ: Vellidis, Leovac, Τzavellas, Vítor (85’ Μalezas), Κitsiou, Τziolis, Charisis, Κace, Pelkas (59’ Κorovesis), Μystakidis (90’ Dimitriadis), Αthanasiadis