PAOK Sink Platanias and Await Court Decision
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
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PAOK did their best to stay in the title race by defeating Platanias 3-1 in impressive fashion in Crete, but the win could not prevent Olympiacos from marching on to their 44th SuperLeague crown with Takis Lemonis’ men winning 5-0 at home to PAS Giannina - a result which gives the Piraeus club an unassailable six-point lead with just one match to go. However, Tuesday’s court decision could see Olympiacos hit with a six-point deduction which would put PAOK atop the table.
Typical of what has been a strong finish to the season for Vladan Ivic’s PAOK, the Salonica club won comfortably in the city of Chania courtesy of goals from Egypt midfielder Amr Warda (4), Angola forward Djalma Campos (8) and Ukraine midfielder Yevhen Shakhov (63).
Kostas Mendrinos was the man on target with 12 minutes left for the below-par home side, whose season has faded disappointingly after a promising start which suggested that they might surpass expectations and reach the playoffs.
Despite another impressive victory in the title run-in, it was a case of too little too late from PAOK, who have paid for their inconsistent early season form which left them out of touch and not able to catch an Olympiacos team who at one stage of the season held a huge 13-point advantage.
Still, PAOK fans will be happy to see their team back in the upper echelons of the SuperLeague fighting for the title, and based on current form, the Black and Whites are strong favorites to claim Greece’s second Champions League spot via the playoffs.