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22nd Apr 2019

Injured PAOK captain comes on as sub as they win league

Simon Lloyd

Vieirinha damaged knee ligaments earlier this month

Sunday was a day that will live long in the memory of supporters of PAOK.

After a 34-year wait, the Thessaloniki-based club finally became champions of Greece again, triggering spectacular celebrations at Stadio Toumbas.

A 5-0 thrashing of struggling Levadiakos meant second-place Olimpiacos, despite their 3-1 win at Lamia, would not be able to catch PAOK. The title was theirs.

PAOK were so comfortable as their game approached stoppage time, they were even able to bring on their injured captain, Vieirinha for the final seconds.

The 33-year-old Portugal international had been injured in the 1-1 draw with Larissa earlier this month, later learning he had damaged cruciate ligaments in his right knee.

Though the injury is expected to keep him out of action for up to six months, he was able to walk on the field as the game entered stoppage time, his right knee heavily strapped.

Vieirinha, a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad, is a firm fans’ favourite. Having first joined the club from Porto in 2008, he left for Wolfsburg four years later. After a five-year stint in the Bundesliga, he began his second spell with PAOK in 2017.