PAOK satisfied with a point despite being worthy of a win
PAOK produced an assured display against a strong and quality opponent in Granada on Thursday, and after being in charge for long spells left Spain with a point in a match that the Thessaloniki club could have won on Matchday 2 of the UEFA Europa League group stage.
From the kick-off, PAOK looked composed and determined in its approach, producing a quality display on the pitch and as a result, became the first team to leave Granada’s home ground unbeaten.
The Spaniards enjoyed the lion’s share of the possession for long spells in the match, but it was the Double-headed Eagle that fashioned the clearer scoring chances on the night.
In the first half Fernando Varela’s header and Stefn Schwab’s prodded effort from Ingi Ingason’s cross proved to be the key chances, with the Double-headed Eagle’s defender missing the target while the Austrian midfielder was denied by the post of Silva’s goal.
In the second half the home side tried hard to close down Abel Ferreira’s players, but they also failed to threaten and create any chances, apart from a header from Gonalons, which Zivko Zivkovic saved in impressive style.
In the final throes of the game, PAOK continued to show that it could take the three points, missing two chances through Karol Swiderski and Andrija Zivkovic , while in the final minute of the game there was also a good shout for a penalty when Schwab was upended in the penalty area by German, but the referee did not point to the spot.
In the other group game, PSV Eindhoven claimed an away win over Omonia in the last minute, moving on to three points, one less than Granada and one more than the Double-headed Eagle, with the Cypriot club propping up the standings with a single point.
PAOK will play host to the Dutch side at the Toumba on Thursday (05.11), while Granada travel to Nicosia to face Omonia.
Granada (Diego Martinez): Rui Silva, Vallejo, German, Herrera (59’ Molina), Neva, Gonalons (89’ Brice), Milla, Machis (89’ Duarte), Puertas, Kenedy (73’ Montoro), Suarez (73’ Soro).