Everything will be judged in Thessaloniki after goalless draw
After a hard-fought 90 minutes in Croatia, Hajduk Split and PAOK shared the spoils of a goalless draw and will settle their differences in seven days time at the Toumba Stadium.
The Double-headed Eagle traveled to Croatia with the goal of winning the game to try and gain an advantage in the tie and battled hard for 90 minutes.
The Croatians, for their part, tried to surprise the visitors in the beginning of the game with an energetic start and had two good chances, first with Mlakar missing the target after Livaja’s cross, and in the 13th minute with Singur hitting the woodwork.
PAOK then balanced out the match, kept the ball better, pressed properly and created problems for the opposing defense, with the best moment being a shot by Tsingaras in the 14th minute.
PAOK didn not take full advantage of their superiority on the pitch, went on to miss some good opportunities in the final third, and the 0-0 scoreline remiained the same when the players went into the dressing rooms at half-time.
In the second half, the hosts started strongly again and Livaja’s cross-shot struck the post within a minute of the restart. PAOK tried to level up things with a response via Brandon’s shot but the Spaniard missed the target with his effort.
The hosts then sought to keep possession, and try to create opportunities, but the black and whites reacted well despite the increasingly suffocating pressure and in the last 10 minutes, PAOK managed to get some meaningful possession but to no avail in terms of causing a goal threat.
The final whistle left everything open and the two teams will settle their differences at the Toumba on the 17th of the month.
Hajduk: Lucic, Melnjak, Ferto (Dialo 80′), Sarlija, Moufi (Mikanovic 94′), Sigur, Krovinovic, Sahiti (Dolcek 67′), Odjidja-Ofoe (Kalik 80′), Mlakar, Livaja.