-- PAOK v Huanderson 1 - 0 --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 7
|PAOK||1 - 0||Iraklis|
PAOK was victorious in the Thessaloniki derby against Iraklis with the only goal of the game coming in the 3rd minute from Rodrigues. The Dikefalos tou Vora dominated the match and Iraklis’ keeper, Huanderson, denied PAOK on MANY occasions, preventing a larger margin of victory. Despite the win, Vladan Ivic will remain troubled about PAOK’s continuous goal scoring problems this season.
PAOK got off to a tremendous start against their city rivals, Iraklis, in the Thessaloniki Derby. In the third minute, Rodrigues charged into the penalty area (from Biseswar’s pass) and with a thunderous strike that hit the crossbar and went in, opened the score for the hosts. PAOK dominated the game and could have increased their lead, but Athanasiadis could not convert in the 15th and 19th minutes from advantageous positions. Things got worse for the visitors when Saramandas was sent off with a straight red when he disagreed and said something provocative to linesman (who was a women). PAOK continued their heavy pressure with the man advantage, but Huanderson single handedly kept PAOK from scoring, denying both Leo Matos’ header and Campos’s shot late in first half. The final chance before the break fell to Iraklis with Glykos making a great save to keep Monteiro’s 25-meter free kick out of the net.
It was as similar story in the second half with PAOK keeping complete control of the game as Huanderson kept his side in the match. Biseswar’s shot that went wide was the first chance of the half and Huanderson denied Canas from inside the penalty area soon thereafter. The Brazilian keeper’s fingertip save sent Athanasiadis’ sure goal from close range onto the crossbar which stayed out. After Huanderson kept PAOK’s lead to only one, Iraklis pressed in the final 10 minute for an equalizer without creating a good chance on goal. Huanderson once again came up with another save in PAOK’s final chance of the game as the Dikefalos tou Vora celebrated the derby victory.
PAOK now move up to 8 points and remain the only undefeated team in the league, after Panathinaikos surprisingly lost to Xanthi earlier today. Iraklis are now at the bottom of the table with only 2 points from 5 matches. Next weekend, PAOK will travel to Piraeus for another derby against the league leaders, Olympiacos, while Iraklis will look for their first victory of the season at home against Atromitos.