Prijovic brace secures second spot for PAOK
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
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Aleksandar Prijovic gave another masterclass in finishing on Sunday as PAOK cruised to a 3-0 victory over Panathinaikos at the Greens’ Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium to secure second place in the SuperLeague and a place in the Champions League next season.
The 28-year-old Prijovic, who is battling with Olympiacos’ Iran striker Karim Ansarifard for the honor of the league’s top scorer crown, opened the scoring after 26 minutes before adding his second four minutes after the hour mark to end the match as a contest.
The double strike from the Serbian marksman means he has now scored 25 goals in all competitions, 17 of which have come in the league.
PAOK’s Ukrainian midfielder Yevhen Shakhov rounded off the scoring seven minutes from full-time to make it a comprehensive win for Razvan Lucescu’s team, while a below-par Panathinaikos were left to lick their wounds.
The financial strife that Marinos Ouzounidis’ team are going through has more than derailed what was been a woeful season for the Trifylli, and things can get much worse if the club can not solve the payment issue with former player Jens Wemmer.
The struggling Athenian giants are actually on the brink of relegation from the Super League.
Wemmer, who only made 10 appearances for Panathinaikos between 2015 and 2017, is still owed around 450,000 by the Greens. In a lengthy court case, Panathinaikos have already been docked six points for the issue, but a third points deduction which would result in automatic relegation is just around the corner.
Last week Panathinaikos had discussions with the German’s lawyer in a last ditch attempt to save the situation, but no common ground was found between the two parties. Currently, if they do not rectify the situation with Wemmer, there is a high possibility that a third points deduction of -3 will be imposed on Monday, which means automatic relegation.