-- Held by Fatigue and the Linesman... --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 6
|Veria||0 - 0||PAOK|
After an impressive midweek win in Liberec for the UEFA Europa League, PAOK played to their second consecutive goalless draw in the SuperLeague after today's result away to Veria. The many changes to the starting line-up from Vladan Ivic proved costly along with an awful decision from the linesmen late in the first half to call back Pererya's goal.
Vladan Ivic made many changes to the starting XI after a tough midweek match against Slovan Liberec in the Europa League. PAOK started off the game controlling the possession and the first chance came in the 9th minute with Mystakidis' header that did not find the target. Veria slowly balanced out the game as the half progressed and the next big chance from PAOK came one minute before the halftime whistle. Pererya was played in on goal and finished the chance, but the linesman called back the goal due to offsides. The players were furious with the referee as Pereyra was 3-4 meters in an onside position causing controversy at the break.
The bad decision affected the players of PAOK in the second half as Veria remained very disciplined in the back. Veria's best chance of the match came in the 65th minute when Vasilantopoulos was left unmarked in the penalty area but his shot grazed the post and went out. In the final 25 minutes, PAOK pressed on for a winner but created their best opportunity of the match in the 85th minute when a nice string of passes left Koulouris in a good position, but his weak shot was easily saved by Lopez. The final whistle came and PAOK recorded their second goalless draw in league play.
After today's result, PAOK now sits on 5 points in 7th place. Veria will be happy with another positive result after defeating Panionios in Nea Smyrni last week. After the break, PAOK will host Iraklis in a local derby while Veria travels to play Atromitos.