PAOK FC, which plays more or less, Costin Lazar, will meet newcomer Shakhtar Karagandy in the first stage of Europa League groups. The match will begin at 10:05 p.m. and will run Thoumbas Stadium, Thessaloniki without spectators. Besides the two in Group L longer AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv, favorite bands in spring European qualification.
PAOK was qualified for the Champions League this season, where competition had to leave early. In preliminary third round, the Greeks were defeated with the score 1-3 Metalist Kharkiv by. As Ukrainian band was in Europe but excluded because of a match arranged many years ago, PAOK has gained the status of a lucky-loser, going further in the playoffs. Here, fate brought them out in a way to Schalke last band to band hard coached by Huub Stevens, with the score 4-3 after 1-1 away and 2-3 at home. Note that PAOK was doing pretty well at home in the Champions League in the last 7 matches in the group getting four wins and 3 draws. Even if PAOK go definite favorite in this meeting, Huub Stevens does not belittle the opponent, saying that Shakhtar Karagandy is a very strong team. At home, I fill us. It must be said that Thessaloniki is a very welcoming atmosphere these days, thousands of people coming to protest in the streets.
Shakhtar Karagandy was a step to qualify for the Champions League. Offul play in competitions that Cossacks defeated Celtic 2-0 in the round, in return Scots adjusting accounts, going 3-0 band Viktor Kumykov, qualification goal came in the last minute of the game. Thus, Karagandy groups came in first in a European competition.
It is the second time a team from Greece meets one of Kazakhstan, spending the previous confrontation in 2007 in the Intertoto Cup, when Tobol Kostanay passed OFI Crete 1-0.
Today’s meeting will be Fautrel Fredy Frenchman, who has refereed a season 2011-2012 on PAOK in the Europa League play-offul, the Karpaty opponent. The match was ended in a draw, giving Fautrel cartionase no less than nine yellow and one red. This season, the Frenchman has led two matches of Europa League, which gave 6 and two yellow cards.