Mak strikes late to give PAOK win over city rivals
GREEK SOCCER CUP - GROUP STAGE (MATCHDAY 2)
|Apollon Pontou||0 - 1||PAOK|
A late goal from Robert Mak gave PAOK a 0-1 victory away to Apollon Pontou in Wednesday’s Greek Cup clash, sending the Dikefalos tou Vorra to the next round of the competition.
It was a city derby between Thessaloniki’s Apollon Pontou and PAOK on Wednesday as the two teams clashed in Group 2 of the Greek Cup. The Football League side proved to be worthy opponents for PAOK, who struggled in the 90 minutes of play, but managed to walk away with all three points.
The only goal of the match ame deep in the second half (90th minute) when Robert Mak was left unmarked in the penalty area and the Slovakian striker coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net to secure PAOK’s place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Despite the victory, PAOK’s performance was unconvincing against the second division side as Razvan Lucescu proceeded to many changes in the starting XI from to last weekend’s derby loss to Olympiacos. On the other hand, Apollon Pontou look to be in great form before the start of the Football League season and the team from Thessaloniki could be a worthy contender for promotion to the Superleague this season.
Wednesday’s result sends PAOK into the next round of the Cup while Apollon Pontou and Levadiakos will fight on the final matchday for a place in the knockout stages, as both teams sit on three points after two matches.