A draw with some new faces
PAOK and Panathinaikos could not be separated as their Matchday 6 Super League Interwetten Play Offs clash ended goalless, in a match that was low on quality with lots of mistakes from both sets of players.
PAOK came into this match facing a couple of challenges. A level of fatigue from the heavy fixture list of late, and a host of key absentees with Α.Zivkovic, Jose Crespo, Adrian Pereira , and Shinji Kawaga all injured, while Ingi Ingason was also unable to play the whole 90 minutes.
The home side started the match well enough, keeping the ball and controlling the tempo, while not allowing Panathinaikos to get close to the penalty area. However, the focus and compsure of the previous matches was missing, especially in the final third with lots of poor decision-making costing the team up front.
Two efforts from Tzolis , one shot from El Kaddouri, and an individual effort from Swiderski were the only few chances that hosts fashioned in the first half.
Panathinaikos tried to threaten more at the start of the second half, but the Double-headed Eagle’s defence was there to swat away any potential danger with ease. Both sides showed a lack of strenth and dynamism as the match entered the final stretch, an as result there were few major changes in the closing stages of the match.
PAOK threatened twice through Schwab and Krmencik but they could not find the back of the net, while Paschalakis denied Carlitos and tried a side-footed effort from inside the area when he found himself some room to shoot.
The final whistle saw the teams share the spoils with PAOK now already turning their attention to the upcoming second leg of their Greek Cup semi-final clash with ΑΕΚ at the Toumba on Thursday.
Panathinaikos: Dioudis, Mollo, Velez, Pougouras, Chatzitheodoridis, Mauricio, Niasse, Sankhare (57’ N,Gbakoto), Villafanez, Macheda (88’ Carlitos), Ioannidis (69΄ Kambetsis).