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PAOK win with fortunate goal at Olympiacos

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A freak own goal from Jagos Vukovic was the difference in one of the biggest games in the Greek football calendar as PAOK beat 1-0.

Olympiacos XI: Andreas Gianniotis, Jagos Vukovic, Omar Elabdellaoui, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Yassine Meriah, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Mohamed Camara, Konstantinos Fortounis, Andreas Bouchalakis, Daniel Podence, Koka.

PAOK XI: Alexandros Paschalakis, José Ángel Crespo, Léo Matos, Vieirinha, Fernando Varela, Diego Biseswar, José Cañas, Mauricio, Dimitrios Pelkas, Dimitrios Limnios, Aleksandar Prijovic.

Going into the game, both sides knew that a win would propel them to the top of the league table. It is also one of the biggest rivalry in the Greek league, as it represents the biggest clubs in both the north and the south of the country.

Olympiacos fans set the tone before the game with a spectacular pyrotechnic display at their famous ”gate 7”.  However, there may have been a dampener for Egyptian fans as was not involved for PAOK, however Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ led the line for Olympiacos from the start.

Olympiacos dominated a lot of the stats, particularly in terms of shots and shots on target, however the first half remained goalless.

As the second half began, PAOK came out on the front foot and received a huge slice of fortune when Vieirinha was slipped in on the left wing and his cross made its way past the goalkeeper, and while Vukovic should have cleared easily he inadvertently turned the ball into his own net and gave PAOK a 1-0 lead.

The Athens club continued on the front foot however they couldn’t seem to find a way past the goalkeeper as the match finished 1-0 to PAOK.

The result moves PAOK up to the top of the table while Olympiacos are in 5th place, however there is just one point seperating the top five.

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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