PAOK cement grip on top spot after beating PAS Giannina
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 20
|PAS Giannina||1 - 3||PAOK|
PAOK tightened their grip on top spot in the SuperLeague on Sunday after cruising to an impressive 3-1 away win at PAS Giannina at the Zosimades stadium, which meant sealing an eighth league victory in a row.
Razvan Lucescu’s team were a class apart from the home side, especially in the first half, with goals from Greece midfielder Dimitris Pelkas and a double from Aleksandar Prijovic giving the men from Salonica a 3-0 half-time lead.
PAS fought their way back into the match in the second half and limited PAOK’s forward forays, but the visitors also seemed to step off the gas which allowed PAS to pull a goal back through prolific Spanish striker Pedro Conde with 19 minutes left.
That strike could not take the gloss of what was a complete away performance from PAOK, who extended their lead over second-placed Olympiacos to four points ahead of Sunday’s Athens derby between the Piraeus giants and AEK Athens, who are third.
In the event in Giannina, PAOK’s hunger for yet another victory showed from the kick-off, with Pelkas opening the scoring after just nine minutes.
Prijovic then struck twice in the space of six minutes just before half-time (39, 45+1) to effectively end the match as a contest, with PAOK the superior side all round playing attractive, attacking football.
That double took the stuffing out of PAS whose players trudged off miserably to the dressing rooms at the break, but to their credit they came out fighting in the second half although the match was already lost.