Schalke have one foot in the next round of the Europa League after a 3-0 win over PAOK in the first leg of their round of 32 tie at Toumba Stadium on Thursday.
- PAOK 0 Schalke 2
- Burgstaller tucks home rebound
- Meyer makes it two
- Huntelaar completes the scoring
Guido Burgstaller gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute, but the match remained very even throughout.
However, Max Meyer scored the second in the 82nd minute before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made it 3-0 in the 90th minute to hand the visitors a daunting 3-0 lead going into the deciding leg in Germany next week.
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The home side began the game well and came ever so close to taking the lead just six minutes in. Leo Matos was played in by a beautiful ball, but somehow managed to push his shot wide.
Schalke fought their way back into the game and Sead Kolasinac hit a wicked long-range drive, but it was kept out by a good save from Panagiotis Glikos.
Unlike PAOK, the visitors would make the most of their period of pressure, even if it was in slightly fortuitous circumstances.
In the 27th minute, Naldo broke away from his marker to connect with a Benjamin Stambouli free kick, but his header was saved by a wonderful stop from Glikos.
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Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, the rebound fell to Burgstaller, who smashed it home to put his side ahead.
What followed was a cagey encounter that produced very few clear-cut chances, but remained enthralling nonetheless.
However, late on there was a flurry of action from the visitors. In the 82nd minute, Meyer got his head to a cross and roofed it, giving Glikos little chance.
Eight minutes later, after a brilliant match, Glikos was at fault for the third. He came off his line in an attempt to claim a Evgen Konoplyanka free kick, but fumble the ball to Huntelaar, who made no mistake from close range and scoring a vital third away goal to virtually ensure his side’s passage into the next round.