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PAOK pegged back by Nuñez

Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 21.24CET
FC PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 Grasshopper-Club Richard Nuñez gives Grasshoppers hope.

Match statistics

PAOKGC

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 21.24CET

PAOK pegged back by Nuñez

FC PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 Grasshopper-Club Richard Nuñez gives Grasshoppers hope.

FC PAOK Thessaloniki will take a slender lead to Switzerland after edging Grasshopper-Club in the first leg of their UEFA Cup second-round tie at the Toumba stadium tonight.

Early opener
Grasshopper coach Marcel Koller had warned his side before the match that the first 20 minutes would prove crucial to the final outcome, but his words appeared to go unheeded as the home side moved ahead after only three minutes when Dionysios Chasiotis rose high to head in Vangelis Koutsopoulos's corner.
 
Stinging drive
The Swiss side looked to hit back immediately and on ten minutes Roberto Cabanas brushed through the PAOK defence before launching a stinging drive from the edge of the box which flashed narrowly wide. Grasshoppers looked the more threatening as the first half continued, but both sides struggled to create many clear-cut chances in a game battled out in a packed midfield.

Constant menace
PAOK lacked the creativity and imagination to unsettle the visiting defence, while the Swiss side looked a constant menace on the break. Shortly before the interval, Grasshoppers almost struck on the counterattack when a quick exchange of passes allowed Richard Nuñez to break into the box only to curl his shot wide.
 
Picked up the pace

PAOK picked up the pace after the break and again caught Grasshoppers cold in the early minutes of the half. Yiannakis Okkas broke free before picking out the on-rushing Yiasoumis Aiasoumi who sent a header straight at Fabrice Borer in the Grasshoppers goal. Borer, however, could not hold on to the ball and Yiasoumi pounced on the rebound to double his side's advantage.

Hope for Grasshoppers
Just as they had in the first half, Grasshoppers quickly hit back and were rewarded on 63 minutes when Aleksandar Mitreski was brought down in the box, allowing Nuñez to step up and convert the penalty to give the Swiss club hope for the second leg. Nuñez's coach said of the equaliser: "The advantage is now 60-40 in PAOK's favour."

Coach satisfied
Koller's opposite number, Angelos Anastasiadis, was disappointed PAOK could not find a third goal. "We had to face a very strong team and a very physical team," he said. "Unfortunately, we didn’t play with discipline, but we had some problems with injuries and I am satisfied with the result."

Last updated: 01/11/02 0.30CET

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Lineups

paok

PAOK

grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

33
TohouroglouKiriakos Tohouroglou (GK)
1
BorerFabrice Borer (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes (C)
6
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic (C)
Yellow Card27
3
KoutsopoulosEvangelos Koutsopoulos
Substitution19
7
TararacheMihai Tararache
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
8
EduardoEduardo
11
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
11
GerberAndres Gerber
18
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Goal48
Yellow Card69
14
SchweglerRoland Schwegler
Yellow Card56
19
AmponsahKofi Amponsah
15
CabanasRicardo Cabanas
22
FeutchineGuy Armand Feutchine
20
BarijhoAntonio Barijho
Yellow Card77
Substitution82
23
ChasiotisDionysios Chasiotis
Goal3
Yellow Card47
24
JaggyKim Jaggy
24
UdezeIfeanyi Udeze
25
NuñezRichard Nuñez
Goal64
77
KukiełkaMariusz Kukiełka
Substitution81
26
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski

Substitutes

72
MajdanRadosław Majdan (GK)
18
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
8
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution74
19
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution82
20
SpasicSladjan Spasic
Substitution19
Substitution74
9
RozentalSebastian Rozental
80
NastosVangelis Nastos
Substitution81
23
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
7
VoskaridisStephanos Voskaridis
28
MikariYassin Mikari
10
FrousosNikolaos Frousos
29
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
14
KoutsisGeorgios Koutsis
32
AvdicHaris Avdic

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Marcel Koller (SUI)

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