PAOK slip to defeat in five-goal thriller against Asteras Tripolis
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 24
|Asteras Tripolis||3 - 2||PAOK|
Prijovic (P) 90'+7'
PAOK lost for the time in 16 matches on Sunday after Walter Iglesias scored a dramatic late winner to clinch a 3-2 victory for Asteras Tripolis in an incident-packed match at the Theodoros Kolokotronis stadium.
Iglesias scored in the eighth minute of injury time just moments after PAOK striker Aleksandar Prijovic netted what he thought was a late equaliser from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.
Earlier an impressive Asteras had taken a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (18) and Martin Tonso (53) which had come either side of Djalma Campos’ 37th-minute goal for PAOK.
Iglesias’ late goal capped an extremely tense and thrilling matchday 24 encounter in Tripolis played at breakneck speed between two teams who placed all their emphasis on attack. The only aspect which spoiled what was a superb game of football was an ugly fracas at the final whistle between both sets of players and officials.
Asteras win brought to an end PAOK’s remarkable run of 10 successive wins in league matches and 16 wins in all competitions to a halt - not including last weekend's controversial cancelled derby in Salonica between PAOK and Olympiacos which never kicked off.
The result leaves PAOK stuck on 52 points - pending of course the outcome of the disciplinary hearing surrounding last weekend’s incidents. PAOK could be docked three points as part of punishment by league authorities.