The change didn’t pay out
PAOK were defeated 2-1 in Krasnodar by the local side. The change of system didn’t agree defensively with the team of Igor Tudor after the opener, while Mak and Rodrigues were struggling to get any counterattacking opportunities.
In the first half Krasnodar seemed out of sorts as well. However, with the first chance they got they broke the deadlock with Ari (33’). It was a whole new ball game from then on…
The home side dominated after the interval as well and enjoyed possession. They didn’t create any big chances, but managed to increase their lead in the 67th minute, when Joãozinho was awarded a penalty in an attempt of Charis Charisis to clear the ball.
The second goal opened up the game and Krasnodar became even more attack-minded. Róbert Mak reduced distances in the 90th minute and there was a slight hope that a draw point could be salvaged. It wasn’t meant to be though. In the last play of the match, Dimitris Pelkas’s cross was intercepted by the home side
The Russian side have edged closer to qualification with 7 points gained. They play host to (already qualified) Dortmund, before closing their group stage campaign in Azerbaijan. PAOK, on the other hand, play against Qäbälä in Thessaloniki and then travel to Germany for their closing match against Dortmund. Having just 3 points, they have to defeat the Azeris and then get a positive result against the Westphalian outfit in order to made the most of any setbacks suffered by the Russians.
FC Krasnodar: Dykan, Granqvist, Kaleshin (Mamayev 69΄), Sigurðsson, Torbinski, Ahmedov (Gazinskiy 78΄), Laborde (Smolov 63΄), Joãozinho, Kaboré, Petrov, Ari.
PΑΟΚ: Glykos, Skondras, Malezas, Costa, Tzavellas (Kitsiou 81΄), Tziolis, Charisis, Mak, Golasa (Athanasiadis 68΄), Rodrigues, Sabo (Pelkas 58΄).