Saved the best for last
PAOK recorded a crucial 2-0 victory over Levadiakos in their attempt to secure their participation in the play-offs. The empty Toumba stands affected the “Double-Headed Eagle” players who were in control of proceedings but lacked finishing.
In the cold atmosphere of the behind-closed-doors match against Levadiakos, PAOK started strongly wanting to move action to their rivals’ box. Throughout the first half, Vladan Ivić’s troops had ball possession, attacked from the flanks and had several opportunities to score especially with their attacking trio Dimitris Pelkas, Róbert Mak and Garry Rodrigues. The latter wasted their biggest chance to score the opener, when his header was cleared off the goalline. In the first half PAOK had 73% ball possession and 10 goal attempts as opposed to Levadiakos’s one.
With the main strikers being sidelined (Stefanos Athanasiadis, Bimitar Berbatov and Giannis Mystakidis), Vladan Ivić didn’t make attacking substitutions after the interval. PAOK’s performance didn’t change and the players’s stress was growing.
A defender got to break the deadlock. Marin Leovac scored the opener with an outstanding volley following a cross by Ergys Kace in the 80th minute. The goal has a liberating effect on the team and Róbert Mak went on to net a second, one minute from time. With PAOK still expecting a final verdict on their appeal against the five-point deduction, they fulfilled their obligation to win their match.
On the final matchday of the Super League, the “Double-Headed Eagle” fly to Crete to take on Platanias.
PΑΟΚ: Vellidis, Kitsiou, Vítor, Tzavellas, Leovac, Kace (Cimirot 90′), Tziolis, Charisis, Pelkas (Korovesis 61′), Rodrigues (Kushta 92′), Μak
Levadiakos: Moschonas, Tsurikov, Μanolas, Τripotseris, Μoulopoulos, Mangas (Topi 61′), Μacheras, Ajagun (Mingas 84′), Giakoumakis, Belghazouani (Pappas 46′), Μantzios