Thanks to a non-existant penalty gifted to PAOK, we lost todays match by a 2-1 scoreline. Our Erythroleukoi could not manage to win the game despite starting the game ideally with a goal from Djebbour in the 12th minute. We came close to getting a 2-0 score with the ball being hacked off the line but with the subsequent counterattack we managed to concede a goal from Koutsianikoulis in the 45th minute.
From there, a gifted penalty from the referee in the 69th minute altered the game with PAOK converting the gift (71') and taking the victory.
Olympiakos had entered the hostile Toumba stadium and started off reasonably well. PAOK had tried to attack early on for the first two minutes and were pressurising us hard. However they also made errors and we managed to intercept one of their passes with Ibagaza taking control of the ball. The Argentine passed the ball forward to the breaking Djebbour who then controlled and shot the ball home from a tight angle to open the scoring.
After the goal, Olympiakos started to allow PAOK to gain more time and space on the ball and the match was balanced out. However, we didn't make many mistakes at this time. Ibagaza was one of the only players in the midfield to be making a difference, Dudu was simply poor making several bad passes and also Modesto was drifting from position a little too often. Dudu even managed to make a backpass turn into a shot on his own goal!
However, we had other chances of our own, Zairi was close to scoring a goal managing to miss a point blank shot on an open net whilst the ball had to be desperately cleared off the line on another occasion. Unfortunately the PAOK counter attack from this clearance turned into the equalising goal for them. Pardo making a howling mistake to be caught out of the box and missing the interception with the ball. It was then a simple job for PAOK to tap the ball into the net after the keeper had been taken out of the equation.
In the second half the two teams entered with the same scores but with a totally different psychological outlook on the game, PAOK seemed more relaxed and in control whilst we just looked under pressure and frustrated whenever we had the ball. We certainly didn't look like league winners at any time during the second half.
PAOK started to take control of the game whilst we looked unable to react to their attacks with any great panache. The match continued with PAOK introducing Vierinha to become more creative whilst we introduced Fuster in place of the underacheiving Dudu.
Even though we were looking poor in the second half, the score was still level. This however was changed by the referee with a terrible decision which proved critical for the final result of the match. Vierinha taking a total dive in the box after minimal contact from Avraam Papadopoulos. The phantom penalty was converted by Vitolo and so the score became 2-1.
After the penalty, we tried to react to the change in the scoreline by substituting Rommedahl and Ibagaza for Pantelic and Hurtado but it was not enough and we ended up losing the match 2-1 in total.
PAOK 2-1 Olympiakos
71' Vitolo (P)
PAOK : Kresic, Cirillo, Savini, Etoo, Contreras, Ivic (76' Tsoukalas), Garcia, Fotakis (57' Vierinha), Koutsianikoulis (68' Salpingidis), Vitolo, Muslimovic
Olympiakos : Pardo, Maniatis, A.Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Modesto, Holebas, Zairi, Ibagaza (72' Pantelic), Rommedahl (72' Hurtado), Dudu (63' Fuster), Djebbour
Yellow Cards : Savini, Vierinha, Salpingidis - Ibagaza, Papadopoulos