PAOK set more club records in remarkable winning streak

PAOK set more club records in remarkable winning streak

PAOK simply cannot stop winning. As if leading the Super League standings wasn’t already good enough, the Thessaloniki club have set a new record by winning eleven straight matches in all competitions.

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Never before had PAOK earned eleven consecutive victories, but the previous best of ten, set in the 1972/1973 campaign, has finally fallen. PAOK left it late to defeat Panetolikos on Sunday, as a last-gasp Aleksandar Prijovic penalty gifted them a vital three points. Olympiacos failed to beat Asteras Tripolis later in the evening, meaning that the Dikefalos sit in first place of the Super League standings on 43 points, one ahead of Olympiacos.

On their official Twitter account, PAOK marked the achievement with a special team photo.

PAOK’s eleven consecutive wins:

Greek Cup: Aiginiakos - PAOK - 0:5

Super League: Xanthi - PAOK - 0:3

Super League: PAOK - Panathinaikos - 4:0

Super League: Platanias - PAOK - 0:1

Greek Cup: Trikala - PAOK - 1:5

Super League: PAOK - Levadiakos - 5:0

Greek Cup: PAOK - Trikala - 2:1

Super League: AOK Kerkyra - PAOK - 0:3

Super League: PAOK - Apollon Smyrnis - 3:0

Greek Cup: PAOK - Atromitos - 2:0

Super League: Panetolikos - PAOK - 0:1

Interestingly, PAOK have won seven successive games in the Super League without conceding a single goal! Unsurprisingly, that has also become a club record, surpassing the best of six shutout victories which was registered in the 2009/2010 season. One of the main reasons behind the streak is 28-year old goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis, who has not conceded since taking over from Rodrigo Rey between the sticks. In an amazing statistic, Paschalakis hasn’t seen the ball fly past him into the net for ten hours of football.

Letting in a mere seven goals in nineteen Super League matches this season, PAOK possess one of Europe’s tightest defences on paper. The last time when PAOK entered February in pole position of the Super League was in 1985, a year which saw the club become Greek champions. PAOK’s faithful support will be hoping that lightning strikes twice come the end of the season.

by Shaun Nicolaides
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