- Dominance from PAOK -
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 3
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PAOK displayed WONDERFUL football against Panetolikos in their opening match in this year’s SuperLeague. Despite the “close” 2-1 victory, the Dikefalos tou Vora dominated the game, missing numerous opportunities to score and increase their lead. Biseswar and Rodrigues were the scorers for PAOK with Warda netting a late goal for the visitors.
PAOK got off to a tremendous start against Panetolikos in their SuperLeague opener with Biseswar finding the back of the net in the 2nd minute. A poor clearance from Mygas set up Biseswar at the top of the penalty area who made no mistake to give PAOK the 1-0 lead. The goal opened up the game for PAOK who created chance after chance and the second goal came in the 27th minute. A clever back heel from Athanasiadis setup Rodrigues in front of Kyriakidis to double PAOK’s lead. Panetolikos failed to create a good opportunity and PAOK came close to a third but Athanasiadis’ header was denied by the woodwork.
After a nearly perfect first half from the hosts, PAOK continued their pressure in the second 45 minutes. Biseswar failed to find the back of the net on two GREAT one-on-one opportunities (51st and 58th minute) before Panetolikos created a chance of their own in the 65th minute. Pereyra could not to put the game away in front of an open goal and in the 81st minute his free-kick was stopped by the crossbar. The ball “punished” PAOK for their multiple chances and one mistake from Varela put Panetolikos back into the game with a stoppage time goal. Despite the late score, PAOK held onto their victory and began their season on a very positive note.
With the win, PAOK now sits with zero points (began the season with -3) in the SuperLeague standings. They will play midweek at home to Fiorentina in the Europa League before traveling to Tripoli to play Asteras. Panetolikos will host PAS Giannina in Matchday 4.