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PAOK Stuns Olympiacos in Nail Biting Greek Cup Final

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PAOK celebrate winning the Greek cup. Credit: Twitter/PAOK

PAOK triumphed over Olympiacos on Saturday winning the Greek Cup Final in Athens 2-1 with the winning goal coming just before the final whistle.

Czech striker Michael Krmenčík, coming from bench, scored on 90′ to give the Cup to the Thessaloniki club. The eighth in its illustrious history.

PAOK opened the score in the first half with a well taken penalty by its captain Vieirinha. Olympiacos came back strongly in the second half and brought the scores level on the 50′ with Frenchman Yann Gérard M’Vila.

But the last word belonged to PAOK who scored the deciding goal at the death of one of the most competitive and exciting Greek finals of recent years.

PAOK established on 20 April 1926 by Greek refugees who fled to Thessaloniki from Constantinople in the wake of the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), play their home games at Toumba Stadium, a 29,000 seating capacity football ground.

Their name, along with the club’s emblem, the Byzantine-style double-headed eagle with retracted wings, honors the memory of the people and places (mostly from the city of Constantinople) that once belonged to the Byzantine Empire.

PAOK currently plays in the top-flight Super League, which they have won three times (in 1976, 1985 and 2019). They are eight-time winners of the Greek Cup (in 1972, 1974, 2001, 2003, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021).

The club has never been relegated to a lower national division, a feat equaled only by rivals Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

PAOK are the only team in Greece that have won the Double (in 2019) going unbeaten (26–4–0 record) in a national round-robin league tournament (league format since 1959)

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