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Ivić on target as PAOK nerve holds

Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 22.50CET
PAOK FC 1-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Vladimir Ivić found the chink in the visitors' defensive armour as a mimimum-risk strategy fell short for Dinamo.
Ivić on target as PAOK nerve holds
Vladimir Ivić (left) steals in to score PAOK's winner against Dinamo Zagreb ©Getty Images

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PAOKDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners3
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 22.50CET

Ivić on target as PAOK nerve holds

PAOK FC 1-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb
Vladimir Ivić found the chink in the visitors' defensive armour as a mimimum-risk strategy fell short for Dinamo.

Vladimir Ivić scored the only goal in the UEFA Europa League Group D tie at the Toumbas Stadium, as PAOK FC held their nerve amid late NK Dinamo Zagreb pressure.

The Croatian champions had barely registered as an attacking force in the opening period, but looked capable of holding on for a point in Salonika until Ivić snuck in behind the last defender from Pablo García's 56th-minute free-kick and nonchalantly side-footed the ball past static Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kelava.

Fielding Zlatan Muslimović as a lone striker, PAOK could not be faulted for first-half effort, but Dinamo soaked up pressure with minimum fuss. Tellingly, the nearest PAOK came to a goal was an off-target Vieirinha punt and an angled shot from Muslimović, hit more in hope than expectation, which did not trouble Ivan Kelava.

Dinamo's minimum-risk strategy almost bore fruit after the break as a Sammir free-kick was deflected just over Dario Krešić's crossbar, but PAOK made the breakthrough shortly afterwards. Forced to show their hand, Vahid Halilhodžić's Dinamo lumbered forward, with Muslimović almost profiting from the extra space as he fired a shot at Kelava.

PAOK looked to hand the Croatian side a dose of their own medicine, defending their lines capably, and barely allowing a Dinamo player to cast a shadow inside their penalty area, but there were lapses. Krešić needed to make a fine 76th-minute stop to deny Sammir, before Pablo Contreras deflected the Brazilian's second effort wide.

Space opened up once more at the death, but, as the ball drifted across the face of Krešić's unguarded net, no one could find a finishing touch.

Last updated: 02/10/10 2.15CET

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Lineups

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PAOK

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

91
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
3
BoussaidiAnis Boussaidi
Substitution16
3
IbáñezLuis Ibáñez
Substitution77
5
Pablo GarcíaPablo García
7
EttoEtto
Substitution71
6
VitoloVitolo
10
SammirSammir
7
El ZharNabil El Zhar
Substitution80
14
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
8
CirilloBruno Cirillo
Substitution63
15
ChagoMathias Chago
11
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
16
BadeljMilan Badelj
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras (C)
22
BišćanIgor Bišćan (C)
Yellow Card41
20
VieirinhaVieirinha
25
CufréLeandro Cufré
21
IvićVladimir Ivić
Goal56
28
TonelTonel
Yellow Card73
27
SznaucnerMiroslaw Sznaucner
Yellow Card81
55
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution83

Substitutes

1
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
29
SkenderMarin Skender (GK)
9
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution80
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
14
PapazoglouSakis Papazoglou
6
AdemiArijan Ademi
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution71
19
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
19
BarbarićTomislav Barbarić
23
SakellariouLefteris Sakellariou
Substitution16
Yellow Card58
21
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution83
42
ZuelaZuela
Substitution63
77
MoralesPedro Morales
Substitution77

Coach

Pavlos Dermitzakis (GRE) Vahid Halilhodžić (FRA)

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