10-man Greens held at home by Levadiakos
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 2
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Panathinaikos’ stuttering start to the new SuperLeague season continued on Sunday as the Greens were held to a goalless home draw by Levadiakos in a match which saw the hosts play most of the second half with 10 players after Stefanos Evagelou was sent-off.
Playing in front of an empty Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium due to punishments from crowd trouble last season, Panathinaikos failed to rouse themselves sufficiently to break down a determined Levadiakos team in this Matchday 2 contest.
The outcome was a second draw of the campaign for Marinos Ouzounidis team following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Platanias in their opening match.
It is a disappointing return for the Greens, who also exited the Europa League at the playoff stage in midweek after losing out to Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.
The only positive aspect is that the result means Panathinaikos move from -1 points to 0 points – they began the season with -2 points due to deductions made for crowd trouble last season – and now they will be looking to kick on from here.
All in all it was a frustrating night for the Greens, with two first-half efforts from Israel forward Omri Altman the only fruit of their labors against a well-marshalled Levadiakos defence.
Panathinaikos came out livelier in the second half but just as they began to look threatening, Evagelou committed a senseless foul on Petros Giakoumakis to earn a second yellow card and subsequently his marching orders in the 49th minute.
The numerical disadvantage made life difficult for the home side thereafter, and there were a couple of late scares for Panathinaikos when Levadiakos’ Mohamed Youssouf blazed over the crossbar when sent clean through on goal, and again when Brazilian forward Brandao headed against a post.