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Schalke survive PAOK scare to reach group stage

Published: Tuesday 27 August 2013, 22.40CET
PAOK FC 2-3 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 3-4)
Reduced to ten men in the second half and hanging on late on, Schalke ultimately booked their group stage berth with something to spare.
Schalke survive PAOK scare to reach group stage
Ádám Szalai (left) and Julian Draxler were both on the mark for Schalke ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PAOKSchalke

Goals scored2
 
3
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts9
 
8
on target5
 
5
off target4
 
3
blocked1
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
19
Fouls suffered17
 
12
Passes449
 
564
completed276
 
400

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 August 2013, 22.40CET

Schalke survive PAOK scare to reach group stage

PAOK FC 2-3 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 3-4)
Reduced to ten men in the second half and hanging on late on, Schalke ultimately booked their group stage berth with something to spare.

FC Schalke 04 are through to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the sixth time after surviving a major scare against PAOK FC.

PAOK, under the charge of former Schalke coach Huub Stevens, were hopeful of reaching the competition proper for the first time following last week's 1-1 first-leg draw in Germany. Though they went behind to Ádám Szalai's opener, Stefanos Athanasiadis's equaliser and the dismissal of Jermaine Jones looked to have put them in the ascendancy. However, Julian Draxler and Szalai struck either side of Kostas Katsouranis to earn Schalke a 4-3 aggregate triumph.

The hosts were fortunate not to have fallen behind after just three minutes, Jacobo showing sharp reflexes to keep out Jones's close-range header. The two scorers from last week, Miroslav Stoch and Jefferson Farfán, both threatened before Schalke found a way through. Atsuto Uchida raced on to a raking pass, controlled the ball superbly and squared for Szalai to finish from close range.

Stoch was at it again soon after the interval, flashing a menacing delivery across goal which narrowly evaded Dimitris Salpingidis's lunge. It mattered not, though, for the Greek side were level four minutes later – Stelios Kitsiou provided the perfectly-weighted, defence-splitting pass, and Athanasiadis the rifled first-time finish.

When Jones was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 64th minute, it appeared to be advantage PAOK until Schalke went in front in slick fashion. Substitute Max Meyer, 17, played in Draxler with a delightful through ball and the No10 rounded Jacobo with his first touch before squeezing the ball in from a tight angle.

Though Lucas lacked the composure to convert a fine chance to equalise just moments later, the experienced Katsouranis was on hand to drag PAOK back into the tie when he deftly headed in from Stoch's free-kick. Stoch went close to scoring the elusive third, but Schalke rubber-stamped their progress courtesy of Szalai's simple finish following some excellent work from Draxler.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.52CET

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Lineups

paok

PAOK

schalke

Schalke

1
JacoboJacobo (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
SkondrasGiannis Skondras
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
6
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
5
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
Yellow Card78
10
LucasLucas
Substitution80
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Goal67
11
StochMiroslav Stoch
11
ClemensChristian Clemens
Substitution61
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis (C)
Substitution74
12
HögerMarco Höger
15
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card19
Red Card64
26
KaçeErgys Kaçe
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution83
28
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal79
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
33
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
Goal53
Substitution74
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
70
KitsiouStelios Kitsiou
Yellow Card87
28
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Goal43
Goal90

Substitutes

71
GlykosPanagiotis Glykos (GK)
1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
4
KatsikasGiorgos Katsikas
2
HooglandTim Hoogland
7
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution80
7
MeyerMax Meyer
Substitution61
Substitution70
21
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
32
TzandarisFanis Tzandaris
27
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
61
NecidTomáš Necid
Substitution74
32
MatipJoel Matip
Substitution83
99
OlisehSekou Oliseh
Substitution74
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter
Substitution70

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Jens Keller (GER)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Davie Goossens (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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