Goals, assist, and victories. September’s international break was action-packed for PAOK’s internationals. Paokfc.gr brings you a review of how our players did.
Greece lost 2-1 to Switzerland in a friendly, while they claimed a 1-1 draw in Kosovo and defeated Sweden 2-1 at the OAKA in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with Alexandros Paschalakis being an unused substitute.
Karol Swiderski left his mark for Poland in their games. The Double-headed Eagle forward contributed an assist in the 4-1 home victory over Albania, coming off the bench in the 81st minute, while he started the away match against San Marino and was among the goals in a 7-1 win for his side. He also played for more than half an hour in the 1-1 home draw against England.
Jasmin Kurtic played two full 90 minutes for Slovenia. The PAOK midfielder was suspended for the 1-1 draw with Slovakia, but played in the entire 1-0 home win over Malta, as well as in the 3-0 defeat by Croatia.
Enea Mihaj saw some action coming off the bench for Albania’s 4-1 defeat at home to Poland as well as the 1-0 home victory over Hungary, while he also played the full 90 minutes of the 5-0 victory over San Marino.
Andrija Zivkovic was the most unlucky of all. The Double-headed Eagle winger came on as a substitute in the 4-0 friendly win at home to Qatar, even serving up an assist, but he then had a positive Covid-19 test and was ruled out of the 4-1 home win over Luxembourg, as well as the 1-1 away draw with against Ireland.
There were good results for Greece’s Under-21 side in European Championship qualifying. A 1-1 draw against Iceland in Reykjavik saw George Simos select Michailidis, Lyratzis and Tsingaras in the starting lineup. Giorgos Koutsias also came off the bench in the 71st minute. As for the friendly in Denmark (1-1), which preceded that match, Tsaousis, Lyratzis and Tsingaras played as key starters, while Michailidis and Koutsias were also used as substitutes.
Greece Under-19’s friendly matches with Cyprus (2-2 and 0-2) proved good preparation for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers,and all five PAOK players in the shape of Kitsakis, Konstantelias, Koulouris, Tassiouras and Spyrakos played. In fact, Spyrakos scored the second goal in the second friendly, which Greece won 2-0.