- To the Group Stages You Go... -
europa league - playoff qualifying round, leg 1
|Dinamo Tbilisi||0 - 3||PAOK|
PAOK can start planning for the UEFA Europa League Group Stages! The Dikefalos tou Vora emphatically defeated Dinamo Tbilisi in Georgia 0-3 and secured their place in the group stages of the Europa League. Leo Matos opened the score in the 20th minute with Crespo and Pereyra adding second half goals.
In the opening 20 minutes, PAOK kept a compact defense leaving little room for their opponents. In PAOK's first good chance of the game, Leo Matos' diving header from Rodrigues' corner found the back of the net, giving PAOK the early 0-1 lead. After the goal, the home side created two good chances in the 29th and 32nd minutes, but failed to find the equalizer with PAOK taking their lead into the break.
Rodrigues had a GOLDEN chance to put the game away 5 minutes into the second half, with the opposing goalkeeper denying PAOK's winger. From another corner, PAOK found the second goal they were looking for in the 71st minute. Rodrigues' corner was flicked on by Tzavellas, finding Crespo at the back post, with the Spaniard making no mistake to double PAOK's lead. PAOK did not stop there and with 7 minutes remaining capped off a fantastic night with a third goal. A great solo effort and cross from Biseswar found Peryra in the penalty area, and his diving header gave PAOK the emphatic 0-3 victory.
The win practically secures PAOK's place in the Europa League Group Stages before the return leg in Thessaloniki next Thursday.