- Halllllara to the Group Stages -
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - PLAYOFF QUALIFYING ROUND
|PAOK||2 - 0||Dinamo Tbilisi|
|(5 - 0)
PAOK comfortably secured their place in the Europa League Group Stages, defeating Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 in the second leg. The Dikefalos tou Vora eliminated the Georgian Champions 5-0 on aggregate (0-3 win in the first leg). Rodrigues and Tzavellas scored the goals for the hosts in the first half.
After an emphatic 0-3 win in Georgia for the first leg, PAOK had an easy task ahead of them in today’s match to secure their place in the Europa League Group Stage. PAOK put the game to rest as early as the 5th minute, when Rodrigues’ pressure forced a mistake from Dinamo’s backline, and his one-two with Pererya set him up for the opening goal of the game. The goal took any pressure that was on PAOK as the hosts had complete control of the game. At the end of the first half, PAOK was awarded a penalty but Djalmo Campos was unable to give PAOK the 2-0 lead from the spot. However, from the resulting corner Tzavellas doubled PAOK’s lead with a close-ranged header late in the first half.
The second half was played out with minimal chances as the best opportunity fell to Pererya, who was unable to convert one-on-one with the opposing keeper. Varela came close to a goal in his debut with PAOK, but his effort did not find the target late in the game. The final whistle came with PAOK comfortably securing their place in the Europa League Group Stage.
PAOK will play in the Europa League Group stage for yet another season. In tomorrow’s draw, the Dikefalos tou Vora will be in the 2nd seeded pot.