Stalemate in Volos
PAOK wasted virtually the entire 45 minutes of the first half trying to find their rhythm, managed to find their way in the second half, but were stopped by a tough and focused Volos defence – a result which means the visitors dropped another two points in the title race.
PAOK’s goalless draw at the Panthessaliko Stadium against Volos means the club have now gone two games without a win, following last week’s home draw against Atromitos.
Abel Ferreira opted for a rotation policy for this match, in view of the upcoming second leg of the their UEFA Champions League Play Offs tie against Krasnodar on Wednesday (30.09, 22:00), and handed starting berths to newcomers Čolak and Wagué, as well as Pereira , Ninua and Vrakas .
PAOK did not start the match well at all, struggling to createa threat on Garavelis’ goal, with only one headed effort from Čolak, and a good double-chance from a set-piece when Crespo and Mihaj threatened.
Having said that, the Double-headed Eagle were solid at the back and did not allow the home side so much as a sniff near Zivkovic’s goal before half-time.
In the second half, PAOK began strongly, and in the 50th minute Čolak saw a header cannon back off the post, while Pereira and Pelkas failed to beat Garavelis with shots on the home goal.
PAOK now turns its attention to the upcoming ‘final’ against Krasnodar, which offers the prize of a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Volos (Lopez): Garavelis, Tekio, Sanchez, Colombo, Ferrari, Rienstra, Tsokanis, Barrientos (86’ Kiakos), Martinez (58’ Bartolo), Perea (50’ Guarrotxena), Douvikas