PAOK chalk up perfect 10 against Lamia
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 22
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PAOK’s record-breaking winning streak was extended to 10 matches on Saturday as the SuperLeague leaders easily took another three points in a 2-0 away win at Lamia to stretch their lead ahead of AEK Athens to five points.
After a frustrating first half, goals from Dimitris Pelkas and Mauricio after the break secured yet another win for Razvan Lucescu’s unstoppable team, who only this week were named the world’s top-ranked form team win 14 wins in a row in all competitions.
That hot streak is now 15 games and astonishingly, PAOK’s remarkable run of 10 successive league wins has seen them score 28 goals and concede just once.
The win allowed the league leaders and now firm title favourites to move five points clear of second-placed AEK, who host Xanthi tomorrow.
It seemed that PAOK were set to endure a frustrating evening in Lamia against Babis Tennes’ battling team, who did their utmost to stifle the visitors’ attacking intentions in the opening half.
But everything PAOK failed to do in the first half, they achieved within a six-minute spell after half time, scoring two goals which came about thanks to some excellent attacking play - something we have come to expect now from the Salonica club.
The breakthrough came in the 56th minute when a superb exchange of passes between Robert Mak, Mauricio, and Diego Biseswar ended with the latter teeing up Greece international midfielder Pelkas perfectly to slot home.
The jubilant celebrations among the visiting throngs of PAOK fans then went into overdrive five minutes later when Mauricio took advantage of poor defending to head home a second goal following neat play between Pelkas and Mak.
That rubber-stamped another fine and deserved three-point haul for Lucescu’s stylish team, who surely only have themselves to blame if they do not go on to celebrate a first league title since 1985 and end 33 years of hurt for the underachieving club.