Thursday April 2, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Ten-man PAOK bows out of Europe with loss at Benfica

By George Georgakopoulos

PAOK lost 3-0 at Benfica on Thursday and went out of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate score as it failed to take its chance to balance the tie when it could.

It was always difficult to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Thessaloniki, and playing the last 20 minutes with a man less did not help.

Yet with the game still at 0-0, PAOK missed a glorious chance in the 53rd minute as Hedwiges Maduro narrowly failed to connect with a canny header from the right by Costas Katsouranis, with the goal at his mercy.

Although PAOK did little in attack, threatening the host just once in the first half, it frustrated Benfica’s strikers thanks to a good showing by its defense, while its keeper Panayiotis Glykos excelled on the 33rd minute with a stunning save from a deflected free-kick.

PAOK held firm when the game was 11 against 11, but the red card shown to Katsouranis in the 68th minute opened the floodgates for Benfica.

From the free-kick after the straight red to the PAOK captain, Benfica’s Nico Gaitan put the ball directly into the net with ease, lifting it over the wall on the 70th minute.

Then Maduro conceded a penalty that Rodrigo Lima converted on the 80th, before Lazar Markovic made it 3-0 with nine minutes left to play.

The best moment of the game though was when Katsouranis walked out of the pitch after being shown the red card to a very warm applause by all Benfica fans for his services to the Lisbon side from 2006 to 2009. He clapped his hands too in acknowledgement of the tribute the “Benfiquistas” paid to him.

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 28, 2014 (00:13)  
AEK could get a wild card to the Euroleague
Cyprus soccer eyes reunion after 60-year divorce
Three Greek internationals injured in Budapest car crash
Improved Greece draws 0-0 at Hungary
Greece-Russia overtures seen as sideshow by Merkel, Hollande
Germany and France view Greece’s overtures toward Russia as a sideshow and won’t be drawn into a debate on the matter, three government officials said. That strategy stems from Chancellor An...
Samaras says he’d join alliance to keep Greece in euro
As Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras struggles to secure a financial bailout to stay in the euro zone, his chief rival said he’s open to offering a political rescue. Opposition leader Anto...
Inside News
Two foreign nationals arrested in Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case
Members of the Greek counter-terrorism squad on Thursday detained two foreign nationals for arms possession. According to early reports, the officers were acting on a warrant issued by a mag...
Greece must do more on reforms, says Sapin
The new Greek government has made progress defining its reform proposals but more needs to be done, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday. "There is progress with the last li...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Turkey’s inner turmoil
Because every aspect of Greek economic and political life is being governed by total chaos and division, because the country is not located safely in the middle of Europe and because there i...
EDITORIAL
Everything is not OK
What we are experiencing these days is the epitome of an axiom that has emerged since the restoration of democracy in Greece, whereby everything is allowed. The phenomenon of sit-ins and occ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Two foreign nationals arrested in Conspiracy of Cells of Fire case
2. Greece must do more on reforms, says Sapin
3. Euro debate ignites in east EU in face of public skepticism
4. Greece-Russia overtures seen as sideshow by Merkel, Hollande
5. Samaras says he’d join alliance to keep Greece in euro
6. Jailed ex-minister´s wife escapes from custody at mental health unit
more news
Today
This Week
1. Jailed ex-minister's wife escapes from custody at mental health unit
2. Samaras says he’d join alliance to keep Greece in euro
3. Greece-Russia overtures seen as sideshow by Merkel, Hollande
4. Euro debate ignites in east EU in face of public skepticism
5. Turkey’s inner turmoil
6. Everything is not OK
Today
This Week
1. Next Monday is D-Day for state funds
2. Eurogroup unlikely to be held soon to discuss Greek reforms
3. Moscow expects progress from Tsipras visit
4. Amateur antics or overstepping the mark?
5. Greece optimistic on deal with euro area next week
6. ECB nerves fray on Greece as supervisors rile central bankers
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.