- Koulouris Grasps Opportunity -
greek superleague - matchday 4
|Asteras Tripolis||1 - 2||PAOK|
|Ioannidis (p) 61'
||Kolouris 22', 24'|
Vladan Ivic gave Efthimios Koulouris a spot in the Starting XI and the young Greek striker did not disappoint, scoring two goals for PAOK and leading his club to a 1-2 victory over Asteras Tripolis. Both of Koulouris’ goals came in the first half as Asteras cut PAOK’s lead to one with Ioannidis’ penalty in the 61st minute. Asteras played with 10-men in the second half after a controversial call resulted in a second yellow for Bertos.
In today’s match at Asteras Tripolis, Vladan Ivic decided to start the 21-year old Efthimios Koulouris ahead of Stefanos Athanasiadis. After 20 minutes of little action on both ends of the field, Koulouris was in the right place to gave PAOK the lead, tapping in the rebound from Rodrigues’ shot that was saved by Kosicky. Two minutes later, PAOK went on the counterattack and Rodrigues’ cross was met by Koulouris’ well-executed volley that beat Kosicky, giving the young striker his second goal of the game and PAOK the two-goal advantage. After going down, the hosts began to to press in PAOK’s half without creating a great chance to pull one back. The first half ended in controversy, where referee Aretopoulos overturned his decision on Biseswar’s handball and continued on to give a second yellow to Bertos, for a foul on Crespo, leaving Asteras with 10 men.
Despite having a man disadvantage, Asteras came out the better side in the second half and their pressure paid off in the 61st minute. Varela committed a foul on Iglesias’s attempt on goal, leaving Aretopoulos with no choice but to give a penalty for the hosts. From the spot, Ioannis beat Glykos to cut PAOK’s lead to one. Makis Chavos subbed Maza onto the pitch to strengthen Asteras’ attack, but with a man down, Asteras had difficulties creating anythingon the offensive end. PAOK came inches away from sealing their victory when Rodrigues’ thunderbolt effort from outside the box was denied by the crossbar. Kosciky kept Asteras in the game, denying Kitisou’s great effort on goal in the final minutes. The last chance of the match fell to Asteras, but Giannoulis’ shot went over the bar and the final whistle gave PAOK the 1-2 victory.
Today’s result is PAOK second win from two matches as Asteras Tripolis remains on zero points to start the season. Next week, PAOK will host Xanthi and Asteras Tripolis will be in need of points away to Atromitos (who also sits on zero points).