Amr Warda’s PAOK FC win Greek Cup after decade long wait
A late goal won PAOK FC their first Greek Cup since 2003 to cap off a successful football season.
Amr Warda was not in the squad for the fourth Greek Cup Final meeting between, four times winners, PAOK and, defending champions, AEK Athens. The Egyptian scored on the last day of the Greek Super League season.
Like in most finals, there was not a lot to separate the two opponents in the first half at the Panthessaliko Stadium. Apart from the fact that AEK Athems had more possession of the ball. The referee dished out early yellow cards to both teams within minutes of each other. And the sides also scored goals a few minutes from each other.
PAOK took the lead in the 24th minute through a goal created by the hard work of, Angolan, Djalma Campos. He beat a number of AEK defenders, who tried to close him down, on the right wing and set up a cut back for Biseswar. This was only a brief lead as AEK Athens responded with a goal of their own in the 27th minute. Theirs was more down to fortune though. PAOK goalie, Glykos, had what seemed to be a harmless shot by Christodoulopolous slip from his arms and into the net, for 1-1.
The second half was marked by speculative efforts to find the second goal. This forced both coaches to look to their benches to spur their respective teams. It was Vladimir Ivic’s change of bringing on Pedro Henrique for Campos that paid off.
An 81st minute freekick into AEK’s box was poorly cleared and Marin Leovac floated the ball back in, for Henrique to score with a bullet header. PAOK FC held on for five minutes of additional time to win their fifth Greek Cup title.
The two sides will renew rivalries in the Greek Uefa Champions League and Europa League playoffs, featuring the four clubs that finished immediately below champions Olympiakos.
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