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PAOK striker Dimitris Salpigidis…

PAOK striker Dimitris Salpigidis (c) rises high – but not high enough – in last night’s second-round UEFA Cup clash against Hungarian team Debrecen. PAOK’s scoreless draw, away, following a 1-1 result in the first leg 20 days earlier, left the Greek club out of the competition. Fellow Thessaloniki team Aris struck in a last-minute equalizer for a 1-1 draw against Perugia, but the Italians advanced to the third round on a 3-1 aggregate. Later last night, Panionios, thrashed 3-0 at home in the first leg, was due to meet Barcelona in a second-leg game reduced to a mere formality for the formidable Spaniards.