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PAOK lose to Panathinaikos in Greek Cup semi-final


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PAOK lost the first leg of their Greek Cup semi-final tie with Panathinaikos 2-0 on Wednesday, with Moledo and Leto finding the net for the home side.

Panathinaikos XI: Vlachomidos; Coulibaly; Koutroubis; Moledo; Hult; Villafanez; Kourbelis; Zeca; Berg; Mpoku; Klonaridis.

PAOK XI: Glykos; Matos; Crespo; Malezas; Leovac; Canas; Shakhpv; Warda; Henrique; Koulouris; Djalma.

PAOK and Panathinaikos met in the league just last weekend, in a game that saw Amr Warda’s side earn a crucial 3-0 win.

As the first leg began, both sides created some chances but struggled to make the breakthrough, and with it being a semi-final perhaps both sides were rather timid to avoid making crucial mistakes.

In typical fashion for a Greek match, there were yellow cards shown out as early as the first half, with Egypt international Amr Warda receiving one of his own.

Panathinaikos would be the side to eventually make the breakthrough when after some header tennis in the penalty area, Brazilian defender Rodrigo Moledo was on hand to apply the finishing touches and wrong-foot the PAOK defender who made his way onto the line.

PAOK continued to push for an equaliser, however with ten minutes to go Panathinaikos put the match beyond all doubt as former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto made it 2-0 after a quick interchange at the edge of the box led to Marcus Berg playing it across goal for Leto to finish into an empty net. This was the final key moment of the match that ended 2-0.

The result means that PAOK have to overcome a two-goal deficit to reach the Greek Cup final. However, they may take some comfort in the knowledge that they have an exceptional record against Athens-based sides at home, beating AEK, Olympiacos, and Panathinaikos themselves without conceding any goals in the process this season.

PAOK’s next game is away at Platanias, as they continue to push for a second-place finish, which is likely to be the best they can hope for this season. They’ll host Panathinaikos in the second-leg of the semi-final on April 27.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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