Karol Swiderksi and Alexandru Mitrita were the standout peformers in October’s internationals involving PAOK players. Paokfc.gr gives you the lowdown on how the club’s international players faired while in action for their countries.
Greece’s national team beat Georgia away by a 2-0 scoreline, but in the second match against Sweden at the Friends Arena they fell to a 2-0 defeat and saw their hopes for qualification for the World Cup vanish. Alexandros Paschalakis was in the squad but not get any playing time from John van’t Schip.
Swiderski was a major protagonist for Poland in their matches. He opened the scoring in big 5-0 win over San Marino playing as a starter, while in the away game against Albania a came off the bench in the 70th minute and took only seven minutes to score the only goal of the match and give his side victory.
Mitrita also scored a winner. The Romanian winger returned to national team fold in style by helping his country to a 1-0 victory over Armenia, scoring a header from a corner kick. Mitrita also had some playing time in the 2-1 away defeat by Germany, coming on in the 82nd minute.
Jasmin Kurtic made two 90-minute appearances for Slovenia with the PAOK midfielder helping his team to a 4-0 win over Malta, but suffering a 2-1 loss at home to Russia – a result which means they are also mathematically out of the running to qualify for the World Cup.
Enea Mihaj did not take part in Albania’s 1-0 away win over Hungary, nor the home defeat by Poland. The Albanians have 15 points, two less than the Poles and will give their all in the final two games to try and qualify.
Andrija Zivkovic watched Serbia’s matches against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg from the bench, which the Serbs won 3-1 and 1-0 respectively to take the lead in their group.
Finally, Greece’s Under-21 side beat Belarus 2-0 away with Koutsias, Tsingaras, Lyratzis and Michailidis all in the starting lineup. However, some players tested positive for Covid-19 and so the next game scheduled against Cyprus was postponed.