As a result of Remy Cabella's draw, Krasnodar gained an advantage in the Champions League playoffs against PAOK.
Krasnodar vs PAOK: as it turned out, the reaction
Briefly about the match
Matvey Safonov deflected a penalty kick from Dimitris Pelkas at an early stage, but the striker corrected his mistake by throwing Andriy Zhivkovic's ball past Safonov and pushed PAOK forward. However, a foul in the box on the other side of the field resulted in a second penalty before halftime; Victor Claesson also shot straight down the center, but his penalty hit the net.
PAOK looked brilliant at the start of the second half, with Omar El Kadduri hitting the post in the 68th minute, but they soon fell behind. Markus Berg knocked over goalkeeper Zhivko Zhivkovic when Krasnodar made a rapid break into the penalty area and Cabella hit the ball into the unprotected goal.
Artur Petrosyan, Krasnodar correspondent
Shivering on their back, Krasnodar gave the guests too much room and looked disorganized after losing the ball. Since the Bulls did not really stand out ahead, PAOK was the winner before the break and controlled the game after it. Only the final score is important, but Krasnodar will have to work hard if they want to maintain this advantage.
Vasiliki Papantonopoulou, PAOK correspondent
PAOK could learn much more from this meeting. They missed a penalty, hit the post and ended up losing, despite being the leader in Russia. They still have 90 minutes to make a difference in Thessaloniki next week, and today they showed that they have everything they need to do it. For most of the match, they were in command and successfully held back the impressive line of the Krasnodar forward.
Trainer " Krasnodar »Murad Musaev : “We did well, quickly leveling the score before the break. In the second half, the game was much less open, but we managed to find a winner. Whatever one may say, it is still 50 to 50.. Everything will be decided in Greece. "
Matvey Safonov, goalkeeper of Krasnodar : “We want to win both games so we don't have to worry about the overall score. I'm glad we won, but we need to be ready for the return match. We made a few mistakes today, but our hard work throughout the match helped us to win. Our guys did a great job. "
Dimitris Pelkas, PAOK forward : “We didn't deserve to lose. These two-legged confrontations must be played with a clear head in order to avoid mistakes. We will work hard and do our best to rectify the situation ... We are desperate to do what PAOK has never been able to do before and advance to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. ”
Abel Ferreira, PAOK coach : “We had a good game with a special tactical approach, which in most cases paid off against a quality attacking team. We created chances, but we were not able to realize them all. We are confident that we can. better to play the second leg and qualify. It was an equal game between the two sides and both loved creating chances. The team that converted most of their matches won. "
- Krasnodar won their last three home games in Europe.
- Classon third goal in two games; two out of two for Cabella. Both scored in Friday's 7-2 win over Khimki.
- PAOK have not played 15 matches in Europe since the 0-0 draw with Spartak in 2018.
- The Greek team have already knocked out Besiktas and Benfica this season with home wins in Thessaloniki.
Krasnodar : Safonov; Ramirez, Sorokin, Kayo, Petrov; Vilena, Olsson, Cabella (Utkin 81); Claesson, Berg, Wanderson (Suleimanova 86)
PAOK : Zhivko Zhivkovich, Mikhailidis, Varela, Ingason, Crespo; Giannoulis, Schwab, El Kadduri, Andriya Zhivkovic; Pelkas (Biseshwar 79), Tsiolis (Shviderski 84)
The return leg will take place in Thessaloniki on Wednesday 30 September. The winner participates in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw to take place on 1 October in Nyon.