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PAOK beats Ergotelis to get closer to playoffs

PAOK moved closer to the playoff spots after defeating visiting Ergotelis 2-0 on March 9 in a Super League game that had been postponed two weeks earlier due to the Thessaloniki club’s Europa League commitments.

PAOK rebounded from its 4-0 routing at AEK on Sunday to get its first league win since January 22, at the Toumba Stadium.

Chile?s central defender Pablo Contreras opened the scoring for PAOK after 17 minutes, heading the ball into the net from a Lino free kick.

The hosts dominated play in the first half and could have made it 2-0 through former Ergotelis striker Vassilis Koutsianikoulis nine minutes from halftime.

The Iraklio side asked in vain for a penalty on Sergio Leal in the 49th minute and saw its best chance by Maris Verpakovskis go to waste, before Stavros Tsoukalas sealed all three points for PAOK four minutes from time with a shot from close range.

The result takes PAOK to 37 points from 25 games, still in sixth position, while Ergotelis stayed ninth with 31.