A total of 17 goal attempts, big chances, and a shot off the woodwork. And yet, none of this superiority was transformed into a goal. That came finally with Vieirinha’s late penalty in the 95th minute, with PAOK saving a point at Larissa, who converted the one and only opportunity that they were able to create.
PAOK arrived at the Alcazar determined to get three points and showed it from the first minute. The visitors piled on the pressure and enjoyed the majority of the possession, but they also showed patience and created a plethora of chances. However, the Double-headed Eagle did not manage to score from any of them. And they paid dearly for it.
Larissa ended the match with just five goal attempts, four of which were pot shots from distance which Alexandros Paschalakis saved without any problems, but in the 70th minute, Pinakas beat everyone and put his team in front.
In the finale, however, PAOK drew level thanks to Vieirinha from the penalty spot after Karol Swiderksi had been fouled in the area by Gergely Nagy.
PAOK missed a clutch of scoring opportunities in the first half, with the best one in the 30th minute when Tziolis failed to find the net from the six yard box, and then in the 43rd minute when Nagy parried a shot from Swiderski and then Thomas Murg saw his follow-up from the rebound hit the crossbar.
In the second half the pattern of play did not change. Vieirinha, Andrija Zivkovic, and Tziolis wasted PAOK’s best opportunities, after which Pinakas scored on 70 minutes to put the home side ahead.
Larissa’s goal had a negative affect on the Double-headed Eagle players, with the visitors failing to continue to threaten Nagy’s goal like they had done before the goal went in. Some level of redemption came in the finale, with Larissa’s hero of the match Nagy turning villain by fouling Swiderski to give away a penalty, which Vieirinha converted to salvage a point.
Larissa: Nagy, Bertos, Filip, Zizic, Michail, Sparv, Iliadis, Milosavljevic (71′ Gotzamanidis), Nikolias (83′ Nunic), Trujic (53′ Platellas), Pinakas (83′ Glynos).