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Amr Warda involved in goal as PAOK exit Europa League

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Amr Warda featured for more than an hour and was involved in a goal but this was not enough to prevent his team from being knocked out of the Europa League round of 32 by Schalke 04.

The hosts had little incentive to have a go at this match as they held a comfortable lead from the first leg, in Greece. As a result, the opening minutes saw little action since Schalke only waited to punce on errors by PAOK. The first shot on goal came in the 20th minute.

This first chance of the game fell to Naldo but the PAOK goalie, Glykos, denied him a goal. The Schalke player got onto the end of a cross but his bullet header did not end up in the net as Glykos was positioned to punch it away. The rebound fell to the path of Huntelaar but he couldn’t direct the ball on target.

Three minutes later the home team got their lead, courtesy of Allesandro Schopf. The Austrian got onto a brilliant pass by Choupo-Moting in the PAOK box and kept his composure to make it 1-0. This lead was shortlived as the visitors equalized in the 25th minute.

Amr Warda passed to a team mate on the left wing and the follow-up cross was turned in by, Schalke defender, Nastatsic. This goal spurred the hosts to pressure for another goal but the scoreline remained 1-1 at halftime.

Schalke 04 continued with their momentum in the second half against a PAOK team that offered little resistance. At this point the tie was over as a contest. Amr Warda had an opportunity to bring his side into the contest with a freekick in the 65th minute but it came to no fruition. The Egyptian playmaker was subbed off four minutes later.

PAOK thought they had scored in the 81st minute, through Pedro Henrique, but the referee disallowed the goal for handball.

The 1-all draw ended Warda’s brief adventure in the Europa League as his team failed to overturn a heavy home loss in the first leg. Schalke now await the round of 16 draw on February 24th, 2017.

 

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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