Unrecognisable PAOK in their European final
The matches against Vidi brought out the worse in PAOK. They lost for a second time to the Hungarian side who gave it all on the pitch.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” remain with three points in their group and they need a miracle to qualify, including a good result in “Stanford Bridge”.
PAOK were in possession, but came up against a side who opted for a physical game. As a result, Răzvan Lucescu’s troops had zero shots on target throughout the encounter.
Vidi’s defenders fought back and were faultless. They kept a cool head, clearly set to look for counterattacking opportunities.
The “Double-Headed Eagle” weren’t threatened in the first half, but remained harmless themselves –wth the exception of a fine header by José Ángel Crespo , following a corner kick by Omar El Kaddouri .
With their first attempt to break the deadlock in the second half, Vidi got the opener. Vinícius’s cross from the left was headed home by Milanov in the 50th minute.
The rest of the encounter had the same complexion. PAOK were in possession and, based on their quality, attempted to break through the defensive wall of Vidi with their passing game.
But PAOK players didn’t have a clear head to create noteworthy opportunities. Diego Biseswar’s effort was intercepted by Vinícius before it reached Crespo, Amr Warda’s direct free-kick flew over the Hungarians’ crossbar, Pontus Wernbloom’s shot from the edge of the box missed the target, while Léo Matos’s scissor-kick flew wide at stoppage time and the “Double-Headed Eagle” got zero points from their ties with Vidi.
Now they are stuck at three points, while Vidi overtook them in the standings. The Hungarians have six points and are favourites to qualify. Chelsea already sealed their passage to the next round, recording their fourth win in as many matches, a 1-0 over BATE in Borisov.
Vidi: Kovácsik, Fiola, Juhász, Vinícius, Stopira, Pátkai, Nego, Hadžić, Milanov (58’ Nikolov), Šćepović (77’΄Hodžić), Huszti (66’ Kovács).