Inspired Ingason earns draw for PAOK
PAOK produced one of their worst 45 minutes of the season in the first half against Aris, and had their backs to the wall at 0-2 down until the 87th minute. But with Ingi Ingason taking the initiative in the finale, the home side scored two quick goals to level the scores.
PAOK headed into the game slightly unsettled after a late surprise which saw forward Christos Tzolis ruled out with a virus, forcing the coaching team to change their plans at the last minute.
Shinji Kagawa was given a starting berth playing behind Michael Krmencik , with Amr Warda moving to the left of the attack and A. Zivkovic on the right. Zivko Zivkovic returned to the team between the posts, playing behind a back four of Vieirinha, Rodrigo, Varela and Ingason, who had Stefan Schwab and Haris Tsingaras in front of them in central midfield.
The Double-headed Eagle seemed negatively affected by the unexpected last-minute change, and as a result were sluggish in the first half – something that the visitors took full advantage of it. While possession of the ball was shared equally, PAOK could not seem to find a route to goal while Aris pushed high up the pitch and managed to take the lead in the 26th minute through Bertoglio.
PAOK looked to respond to going behind quickly, but the hosts could not create openings and the teams went into the dressing rooms at 0-1.
Aris were put under pressure by PAOK, but then in the 69th minute, against the run of play, the visitors found a second goal with Manos on target.
In the 82nd minute, Vieirinha made two important interventions in the PAOK penalty area, and and from that point on, the home side went on the attack en masse, with Varela and Ingason going forward and challenging for every ball.
Finally after 87 minutes Ingason scored from close range to make it 1-2, and in the fourth minute of added time the Icelandic defender was fouled by Aris goalkeeper Boucher in the box, and Vieirinha stepped up to score from 12 yards to make it level at 2-2.
Aris (Akis Mantzios): Boucher, Sakic, Rose, Delizisis, Sundgren, Sasha (86′ Benaloune), Djeggo, Bruno (55′ Manos), Bertoglio (71′ Silva) Gama (71′ Kace), Mancini (87′ Ganea).