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PAOK Edge Turks in First Leg

PAOK Edge Turks in First Leg



CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

PAOK 3 - 2 Istanbul BBSK
(25 - 20)
(25 - 13)
(19 - 25)
(22 - 21)
(15 - 11)

PAOK won 3-2 at home against Istanbul BBSK in the first leg of the second round of qualifying in the CEV Champions League.

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The hosts comfortably took the first two sets 25-20 and 25-13 to go up 2-0 and put themselves in a great position to advance. However, the Turks would take the next two sets 19-25 and 22-25 and suddenly the match was leveled at 2-2. The decisive fifth set was close, with both teams tied at 11-11. However, PAOK would take the last four points to clinch it 15-11 and win the match 3-2.

Despite the win in the home leg, PAOK will have plenty of work to do in the away leg, which will be played on October 31 in Turkey. Since the score was a narrow 3-2 win, the Turks are still very much alive based on aggregate. The winner will then advance to the third (and final) qualifying round. It should be noted that PAOK took part in the group stages last year, finishing third out of four teams with a 2-4 record.

 

by Andrew Stamas

Image Source: sdna.gr

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