PAOK bounce back from European exit with first league win

PAOK bounce back from European exit with first league win


PAOK 3 - 1 Kerkyra
Prijovic 41'
Pelkas 54'
Mak 58'

Nunes (P) 45'+2'

PAOK Salonica put the misery of their midweek European exit behind them with a 3-1 SuperLeague home win over Kerkyra at the Toumba on Sunday in an entertaining Matchday 2 clash.

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Razcan Lucescu’s men seemed to be suffering from a light hangover as a lackluster first half ended 1-1 with Fábio Nunes’ penalty on the stroke of half-time cancelling out Aleksandar Prijovic’s 41st-minute opener for PAOK.

But the home side, who were playing in front of an empty stadium due to punishment or crowd violence from last season, stepped up their game after half-time, sealing a deserved first three-point haul of the new season thanks to goals from midfielders Dimitris Pelkas (53) and Robert Mak (59).

It was a much-needed win for PAOK after their morale hit rock bottom following their embarrassing exit of away goals to Swedish minnows Ostersund in the Europa League playoffs last Thursday.

The result moves PAOK on to four points after two matches following their goalless draw at Levadiakos on Matchday 1 last weekend.

By Graham Wood
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