Bad and wronged…
PAOK lost 3-0 to Asteras at Tripolis after a bad performance, as all their players admitted. However, with just ten minutes into the encounter, referee Kalogeropoulos had already made clear to everyone what would happen. He first “transformed” a foul outside the box to a penalty (the home team missed the spot kick) in the 5th minute and then allowed Giannis Gianniotas to handle the ball before scoring the opener in the 9th minute.
After taking the lead, Asteras managed the game flawlessly, sitting back and not allowing PAOK to create attacking danger. The home side scored two more goals until the end of the first half. Khalifa Sankaré made it 2-0 from close range in the 30th minute and Gianniotas completed an individual effort to score Asteras’ third just before the interval.
To cut a long story short, PAOK couldn’t turn the situation around against a strong opponent. After the unfair decision of the referee that saw them fall back, they were made to pay for the risks they took in order to get back into the game.
Asteras Tripolis: Košický, Lluy, Goian, Sankaré, Tsokanis, Munafo (89′ Tié Bi), Zisopoulos, Mazza, Rolle (65′ Kourbelis), Gianniotas (80′ Panteliadis), Barrales.
PΑΟΚ: Itandje, Skondras (59′ Papadopoulos), Tzavellas, Vítor, Raț, Tzandaris (69′ Kitsiou), Maduro, Golasa (40′ Mak), Salpingidis, Pereyra, Athanasiadis.