A crazy night at the Toumba
In what can only described as a really … crazy game of football at the Toumba stadium, PAOK and Volos shared the spoils of an enthralling 4-4 draw on Matchday 6 of the 2021-22 Super League Interwetten.
Razvan Lucescu’s reaction after the final whistle of the game summed up how the match developed. The Romanian coach was clearly in shock and really could not believe that PAOK did not manage to get a win after leading the match 4-1 at one stage.
And you have to sympathize with the Double-headed Eagle coach. His team were three goals up at half-time, missed a penalty, wasted some incredible opportunities, and saw the opposing goalkeeper Boris Klaiman produce a man-of-the-match performance. However, the home side also conceded three cheap goals in the second half, and so PAOK understandably did not claim the three points.
The game had a frantic pace about it from the kick-off with both teams looking for an early goal. Volos were the side who managed to convert a chance first in the 14th minute courtesy of van Weert.
PAOK’s response was swift and certainly impressive. The Double-headed Eagle found the equalizer thanks to a header from Giannis Michailidis in the 24th minute, with the ball taking a ricochet off Grillo and ending up in the back of the net.
Lucsescu’s team then raised their level even further, dominating the match completely. Within 12 minutes the hosts managed to dismantle every defensive plan the opposition were trying and went 4-1 ahead.
In the 30th minute, Kleiman saved impressivley from Biseswar , but the ball fell to Vieirinha, who teed up Akpom to put PAOK in the lead at 2-1. Then, just two minutes later it was Andrija Zivkovic’s turn. After a cross by Biseswar , Akpom flicked the ball on to Zile, who finished clinically to make it 3-1.
PAOK’s brilliant football performance in the first half ended again with the Serbian winger on song. Zivkovic took on a ball from Augusto and fired home with a powerful finish to seemingly put PAOK out of sight at 4-1 up.
In the second half, however, Volos played like the lives depended on it and in the 54th minute they reduced the deficit thanks to a goal from Bartolo. Two minutes later, PAOK missed great opportunity with Douglas not being able to score from close range.
The home side were made to pay for that miss in the 62nd minute when Volos grabbed another goal with Rosero scoring with a header inside the six yard box.
That made the scores 4-3, but still PAOK could have killed off the game in the 77th minute, but Klaiman had other ideas in the Volos goal, saving a penalty from Vieirinha.
Then came the equalizer from the visitors in the 82nd minute. Rhyner was the man on target this time, heading hom a cross by Ferrari to make the final score an astonishing 4-4 draw.
In the last moments of the match, Klaiman was on had to resuce Volos once more with three great saves from efforts by Michailidis, Vieirinha and Swiderski .
The final whistle was greeted with looks of disbelief from the PAOK players and bench, with the home camp unable to comprehend how they let two points slip away from them.
PAOK (Razvan Lucescu): Paschalakis, Taylor (71′ Rodrigo), Varela, Michailidis, Vieirinha, Schwab (71′ El Kaddouri), Esiti, Augusto, A. Zivkovic (83′ Mitrita), Biseswar (88- Murg), Akpom (83′ Swiderski).
Volos (Guillermo Abascal): Klaiman, Purita (56′ Rosero), Romero, Ferrari, Grillo, Tsokanis (79′ Rhyner), Barrientos (79′ Ninis), Regattin, Fernandes (92′ Gulen), Van Weert, Bartolo.