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PAOK dismisses Olympiakos from Cup

PAOK beat Olympiakos 1-0 behind closed doors at Toumba on February 2 and advanced to the semifinals of the Greek Cup with a 2-1 aggregate score.

The Thessaloniki team had Dimitris Salpigidis to thank for its only goal, seen only by the 200 fans that were allowed in the stadium, while the hundreds of rather enthusiastic PAOK supporters cheering on their team outside were contained by police using tear gas.

Salpigidis scored for PAOK after the hosts had kept up a long period of pressure for most of the first half and the start of the second. Just minutes earlier he and Vieirinha had wasted two great chances.

In the 57th minute Vladan Ivic headed the ball from the edge of the box into the path of Salpigidis, who controlled the ball and slotted it deftly past diving goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis.

Vieirinha had also missed PAOK’s greatest opportunity just two minutes into the game when his effort hit the woodwork.

Olympiakos was left with 10 men in the 86th minute when Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas hit Ivic in the face, earning himself a red card.

The Reds’ biggest chance came in the 90th minute, but Vassilis Torosidis’s shot by was parried by PAOK keeper Costas Chalkias.