Egypt’s Amr Warda scores first goal with PAOK
Amr Warda scored his first PAOK goal in a convincing 3-1 win away at mid-table Platanias, with the Egypt international being also on hand to pre-assist the third PAOK goal.
Platanias XI: Kokkalas; Llorente; Stathis; Karipidis; Yaya; Kargas; Munafo; Didac; Marangos; Signevich; Giakoumakis.
PAOK XI: Glykos; Matos; Crespo; Varela; Kitsiou; Shakhov; Cimirot; Biseswar; Campos; Warda; Athanasiadis.
PAOK went into the game on the back of a 2-0 cup loss in the semi-final first leg to Panathinaikos, who they beat 3-0 in the league the game before.
The away side began the match in style, as Egypt international Amr Warda opened the scoring after a square ball from the left wing found him on his weaker left foot, but he had the composure to finish low into the bottom corner after four minutes.
PAOK continued their quick start just four minutes later as Angolan-born winger Djalma Campos latched onto an underhit backpass before cleverly taking it round the goalkeeper and finishing into an empty net.
As PAOK continued to dominate, the third goal inevitably came from Yevhen Shakhov, after some excellent work from Warda who played the ball into the box for Kitsiou who played a clever layoff to the Ukrainian who had the simplest of tasks to make it 3-0.
In the closing stages of the match, Platanias got a consolation goal through Mendrinos, but it wasn’t enough to pose a serious threat to PAOK as the game finished 3-1.
This result, combined with other results across the league, means that PAOK will finish in second place. They are six points off Olympiacos, who secured the league title after beating PAS Giannina 5-0. Warda’s side have also extended the gap between themselves and third place to four points as Panionios lost to Kerkyra, the latter being PAOK’s opponents in the final round on Sunday.
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