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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Stefanos Athanasiadis (82', 88')

Dinamo Minsk 0-2 PAOK Salonika

Two late goals from Stefanos Athanasiadis kept alive PAOK Salonika's bid to reach the last 32 of the Europa League as they won 2-0 away to Dinamo Minsk.
Athanasiadis scored twice in the last 10 minutes after PAOK, sluggish for 70 minutes, came to life late in the game to claim three points which move them level with Guingamp in Group K.
The two will meet in Greece on December 11 for the right to follow Fiorentina into the knockout stages.
PAOK had the first chance of note when Athanasiadis shot at goal in the 13th minute, but Oleg Veretilo blocked it at the expense of a corner.
And from then on, it was Minsk - already eliminated from the competition - who were on top.
Igor Stasevich's shot was too close to Panagiotis Glykos before the same player shot wide from 20 yards.
Franck Djadjedje was also off-target with a shot from outside the area and the teams went in at half-time with the score goalless.
The wayward shooting continued in the second half as Chigozie Udoji's effort sailed wide of the post, but Glykos was alert enough to push Stasevich's 55th minute free-kick around the post.
PAOK had done little to that point to suggest they were worthy of a place in the knockout stages, but began to apply some pressure as the game moved into the final 20 minutes.
Athanasiadis headed over from close range before Razvan Rat's free-kick floated into the hands of Syarhey Ignatovich.
The Dinamo goalkeeper then did well to turn Fanis Tzandaris' shot around the post for a corner, but the breakthrough came in the 82nd minute.
Facundo Pereyra was the provider, playing the ball in from the right for Athanasiadis to slot home from close range.
Athanasiadis then tried again from long-range but his shot was easy enough for Ignatovich to handle.
However, his second goal soon arrived, with Ergis Pace this time the provider as the forward fired in a low shot from close to the penalty spot.
It proved Athanasiadis' last involvement, however, as he was hurt in the process and promptly replaced by Dimitrios Papadopoulos.
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