PAOK qualify in a match of firsts
Jairo scored his first goal, as did Sabo who netted a hat-trick! Golasa served his first assist. Cimirot made his real debut by teeing up his teammates and Antonis played his first match for PAOK. Igor Tudor had every reason to be happy after the comfortable victory at Chania.
Last season, PAOK approached the Greek Cup competition too nonchalantly and ended up getting eliminated in the group stage. They learned their lesson though and this time around the “Double-Headed Eagle” secured their qualification from matchday 2 with a 6-2 win over AO Chania. That was the team profit from the encounter in Crete.
But there are also the individual performances. Excellent display by Gojko Cimirot in midfield. Erik Sabo, who also showed his finishing skills, and Eyal Golasa are improving in midfield. Jairo put on solid display with one goal and three assists, while Terry Antonis made a promising debut.
Goal to comeback in the game
PAOK kept their bad habit of conceding a goal in their rivals’ first opportunity. After just three minutes of play, Stamatis scored the opener, but Igor Tudor’s players remained unfazed by it.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” approached the match as if it were starting from minute 4 and dictated pace. Attack after attack, excellent passing of the ball, vertical football, several chances to score and some quick goals for a snappy comeback. Jairo equalized and then turned to provider. Two crossers towards Sabo and as many goals by the Slovakian midfielder, a diving header and a shot.
On the same pace
PAOK didn’t get the foot off the throttle in the second half – quite the opposite. They kept on attacking and creating opportunities to score against AO Chania who couldn’t keep up because of Brillakis’s dismissal. The visitors managed to create 26 attampts on goal and had 3 shots denied by woodwork.
Giannis Mystakidis made it 4-1 after a vertical pass by Cimirot and Dimitris Pelkas increased PAOK’s lead teed up by Jairo. Sabo was on target again for the team’s sixth goal. Cimirot, Antonis and Αthanasiadis hit the woodwork. AO Chania got a second goal through Lita’s spot kick.
ΑΟ Chania: Prifti, Chatziliadis, Brilakis, Κartsampas, Pagonis (54′ Bouzoukis), Sanderson, Rikka, Stamatis, Ν.Nyktaris (46′ Diamantopoulos), Saine (65′ Dinopapas), Lita
PΑΟΚ: Olsen. Tzavellas, Sabo, Malezas, Konstantinidis, Golasa (65′ Antonis), Pelkas (65′ Athanasiadis), Cimirot,Mystakidis, Korovesis (71′ Leovac), Jairo.