PAOK’s Under-19 champions held by Panionios
PAOK’s Under-19 side, who were crowned Super League champions o n Saturday, were held to a 1-1 draw at Panionios in Nea Smyrni.
Pablo Garcia and Miroslav Schnauzner’s team already knew on Saturday that they were champions. But against Panionios, the players were aiming to keep their incredible unbeaten run going, a run which began in December 2017, and they managed to do just that.
The Dikefalos tou Vorra were once again their composed and well-organised selves, played some good football and could have actually left Athens with the three points. Instead they had to settle for a draw. Let’s start from the beginning, though…
In the first half, PAOK enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and control of the game, while also creating several chances to score. However, a goal was not forthcoming. Despite that, PAOK were also secure at the back, not allowing Panionios so much as a sniff of a chance.
The pattern of the game did not change much in the second half. But against the run of play, Panionios opened the scoring with an impressive shot from just outside the penalty area in the 67th minute. However, the visitors response was swift.
Aventisian sent over a precise cross, and Kaloutsikidis arrived to head home the equalizer to make it 1-1. In added time there was a golden chance for Garcia’s team to pinch a victory, but Karaberis failed to convert a late penalty and the match ended honors even.
Balomenos, Kaloutsikidis (90′ Daikos), Aventisian, Giaxis, Panagiotou, Grosdis (78′ Karaberis), Tsiggaras, Salamouras (65′ Pournaras), Tziolis (46′ Pipiliaris), Gorteziani (46′ Panidis), Tsopouroglou.