-- 10-man PAOK Hold on for Victory at Panaitolikos --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 18
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PAOK showed once again why they are Greece’s form team with a superb 1-0 away win over Panaitolikos in Agrinio on Sunday, recording a 10th win in 11 matches.
And the win, which came thanks to Giannis Mystakidis’ solitary 62nd-minute strike and moved PAOK up to fifth in the SuperLeague standings, was all the more impressive since Vladan Ivic’s men played for almost an hour with 10 players due to Stefanos Athanasiadis’ first-half dismissal.
PAOK were up against it from the 32nd minute of this Matchday 18 clash after striker Athanasiadis saw red following a senseless piece of violent conduct from the Greece international.
After being fouled by Dimitris Chantakias, Athanasiadis proceeded to elbow his opponent in the midriff. The sending off sums up what is becoming a frustrating season for the striker, who is still seeking his first league goal this term.
Despite their disadvantage, PAOK still looked most likely to score, and they had a golden chance to take the lead four minutes before half-time when Ukrainian midfielder Yevhen Shakov somehow headed wide from close range following Mystakidis’ cross.
After Shakov was denied by Panaitolikos goalkeeper Dimitris Kyriakidis when clean through on goal in the 52nd minute, just 10 minutes later Mystakidis scored the goal which sealed the three points when he turned in Marin Leovac’s cross.
The win keeps PAOK in 5th place with 29 points while Panaitolikos are 11th with 19 points.