-- AEK Misses Chance to go Top --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 8
|AEK||0 - 0||Panionios|
AEK was held to a goalless draw by Panionios, missing their chance to go atop the Superleague standings. Despite the midweek managerial change at AEK, the Enosis could not change their mediocre form resulting in boos from the home supporters at the end of the game.
AEK began in a 4-3-3 formation with Anestis, Bakakis, Kolovetsios, Chygrynskiy, Didac, Johansson, Bakasetas, Mantalos, Platellas, Almeida, and Aravidis.
AEK saw most of the ball in the opening half but a stubborn Panionios defense kept AEK away from goal. The first real chance fell to the Kitrinomavri when Mantalos’ cross found an unmarked Chygrynskiy and his header was put wide. Aravidis also missed the target in the 33rd minute after a great cross from Didac set-up the Greek forward inside the penalty area. Panionios failed to create an opportunity in the first 45 minutes and the teams went into the break goalless.
The pressure was on AEK to find an opener as Panionios remained excellent in the back. AEK’s new manager, Morais, changed the formation to 4-4-2 to strengthen his side’s attack, but it was Panionios who threatened AEK’s goal with Ansarifard and Fountas’ efforts. It was evident that the fans’ frustration was transmitted to the players with AEK unable to create an opportunity that would spark hope for a winner. Panionios held their ground and the final whistle was accompanied by boos from the home fans as AEK dropped points for a second consecutive home match.
With today’s result, AEK missed yet another chance to temporarily go atop the SuperLeague standings. The Enosis now moves up to 11 points, one behind Olympiacos, with a game in hand. Morais will have a lot of work to do as new manager to bring AEK to a level that will compete for this year’s Superleague title. Panionios, who is one of the strongest teams outside the “big four”, are now tied with Panathinaikos on 10 points. Next weekend, AEK travels to play PAOK in the weekend’s derby while Panionios travels to Larissa.