An emphatic win to seal 2016
PAOK recorded an impressive 5-0 victory over AOK Kerkyra in Corfu for matchday 15 of the Super League, to bid farewell to the calendar year.
PAOK maintained their upward momentum with a commanding win, completing a spectacular streak in the last fortnight, two qualifications in European competition and Greek Cup included.
They took an unexpected lead with barely one minute played, as Andreopoulos scored an own goal in his attempt to clear a cross by Djalma Campos from the right flank.
After 10 minutes, the “Two-Headed Eagle” came close to a second goal, but Garry Rodrigues’s shot from an angle forced a fine save out of Koutzavasils. In the 15th minute, Campos wasted a huge chance with the goal at his mercy, his shot going just wide.
It was obvious that a second goal was only a matter of time. Diego Biseswar connected the perfect belter from outside the box, the ball first hitting the crossbar on its way into the net in the 22nd minute.
Campos squandered a glorious opportunity in the 31st minute, as his tap-in from close range somehow ended up wide, while, a minute later, Biseswar was denied by Koutzavasilis’s right-hand post.
Seconds later, PAOK were awarded a penalty earned by Rodrigues. Koutzavasilis blocked Stefanos Athanasiadis’s spot kick, but the ball fell to Campos who scored the goal he was craving for! It was the “Two-Headed Eagle’s” best first-half display of the season in the Super League.
The Thessaloniki outfit showed no signs of slowing down after the interval. They made it 4-0 with their first opportunity through Campos from the edge of the box in the 58th minute. Three minutes later, Léo Matos met the ball with a header after a corner kick to seal PAOK’s 5-0 victory, their last in 2016 and a sign of better things to come in 2017.
AOK Kerkyra: Koutzavasilis, Ζaradoukas, Venetis, Ιoannou, Spinoulas, Αndreopoulos (77’ Adilehou), Κontos, Siontis, Ζorbas (65’ Georgakopoulos), Georgiou (77’ Gomes), Thuram.