Blackout in Peristeri
Until the 85th minute, PAOK were on course to secure exactly what they wanted in Peristeri. While the Double-headed Eagle only possessed a narrow, one-goal lead, the visitors seemed to be controlling the match. A poor eight mistake-laden minutes later, however, and Atromitos managed to turn the game on its head and take the three points.
Large parts of the match were eerily similar to the previous match against Larissa at the Alcazar. PAOK were in control, enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and created multiple chances to score. This time the visitors managed to score twice. But still, that was not enough. Atromitos punished every single mistake made by the Double-headed Eagle players and emerged victorious from this 2020-21 Super League Interwetten Matchday 15 encounter.
PAOK made a strong start right from the kick-off. Atromitos only managed to threaten the visitors’ goal twice in the first half with headed chances. For more or less the entire 45 minutes it was PAOK on the attacking front foot.
The visitors won a penalty on 15 minutes when Kotsopoulos was penalized for a handball. Tzolis stepped up to take the kick but failed to convert it.
Despite that, PAOK kept their composure, and continued to look for the opening goal, which finally came after 22 minutes. Tzolis was the architect with a superb cross to pick out Swiderski, who headed home to make it 1-0 to PAOK. The Pole then missed a great chance in the 40th minute, again with a header, with the teams going in at half-time at 1-0.
In the second half, Atromitos managed to change the balance of the game somewhat, but it was PAOK who once again missed some great opportunities for a second goal. Swiderski was most guilty in the 54th minute.
In the 64th minute, Muniz took advantage of a misplaced pass in the PAOK defence, and he beat Paschalakis with a powerful shot to make it 1-1.
The coaching team then threw Lamprou, Warda and Krmencik into the battle, as well as El Kaddouri and Ninua, and PAOK laid siege to Atromitos.
And while everything seemed to suggest that PAOK would go on to win the game, Atromitos fought back, with goals from Charisis in the 85th minute and Natsos in the second minute of added time turning the match on its head. That allowed the hosts to celebrate a valuable three-point haul as they took advantage of the errors in the Double-headed Eagle backline that saw them lose more ground in the title race.
Atromitos: Gianniotis (32′ Mandas), Goutas, Galvao, Galo, Kivrakidis, Natsos, Salomon, Charisis, Daviotis (60′ Muniz), Manousos (76′ Matic), Kotsopoulos (75′ Christodolopoulos)