GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 25
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Dimitris Pelkas struck in the fourth minute of added time to clinch a crucial victory for PAOK against title-chasing Panionios at the Toumba, seriously denting the Nea Smyrni side’s SuperLeague title ambitions in the progress.
Pelkas’ goal would have felt like a dagger to the heart for Vladan Milojevic’s impressive Panionios team, who went into this enthralling Matchday 25 encounter looking to close the gap on leaders Olympiacos to just three points before the Athens derby between the league leaders and Panathinaikos in Sunday’s late kick-off.
The Nea Smyrni side actually enjoyed the better of this contest in terms of possession and chances, but the visitors could not find a way past Panagiotis Glykos in the PAOK goal and were punished under pressure at the death.
Although the hero for PAOK, Greece midfielder Pelkas hardly covered himself in glory as an indecent hand gesture as part of his goal celebrations saw him immediately red-carded by the referee Dimitris Stiliaras.
PAOK fans did not care a jot, however, as the Toumba ultras celebrated wildly a victory which moved Vladan Ivic’s men up to third place in the table and within two points of Panionios with five matches to play.
Panionios remain six points behind Olympiacos, who can extend their lead if they avoid defeat in the Derby of the Eternal Enemies at Leoforos.