Upsets, Big Wins, and Thrillers Over the Weekend (Matchday 12 Recap)

Upsets, Big Wins, and Thrillers Over the Weekend
(Matchday 12 Recap)
 

In Matchday 12 action of the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague play, leaders Olympiacos dropped points at home, and in the process saw their lead at the top cut to five points with surprise package PAS Giannina now only five points off the pace. 

Olympiacos could only manage a 0-0 draw against Kerkyra at the Karaiskakis Stadium, while PAS Giannina, this season’s Cinderella story thus far, had no trouble defeating Veria 2-0. 

PAOK threw away the points losing a 3-1 lead in the last 20 minutes as Atromitos staged an epic comeback in Toumba to win 4-3.

AEK moved up to third place with a 3-0 win over Platanias on Saturday, while Panathinaikos joined them there on Sunday after a late equalizer away to Panionios in a 1-1 draw.

Xanthi secured a fine 3-2 away victory over Panetolikos keeping up their improved form. Levadiakos rolled past Iraklis 3-0 on a few late goals. 

Finally, Larisa managed a 1-1 draw at Asteras Tripolis despite playing 72 minutes with ten men. 

*For the current SuperLeague standings click here or visit the Greek SuperLeague home page for more.


PANIONIOS - PANATHINAIKOS

Panionios 1 - 1 Panathinaikos
Ansarifard 71' Villafanzez 90+'3'

Panathinaikos snatched a point at the death in a 1-1 draw away to Panionios. Panionios dominated proceedings for most of the match and were rewarded for their superiority in the 71st when Karim Ansarifard scored his fourth goal of the season to give the hosts the advantage.

Panionios almost made it 2-0 minutes later through Ben and were in the ascendency. It was the Prasini however who had the last word as Lucas Villafanez skillfully took down a ball and settled to fire home some three minutes into injury time. 

It was a cruel blow for a Panionios that probably deserved more from the match, though Panathinaikos came to life in the last quarter of an hour and ultimately saved a point thanks to Villafanez’s late show.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


OLYMPIACOS - KERKYRA

Olympiacos 0 - 0 Kerkyra

Olympiacos could not find a way past a well-organized Kerkyra side as they dropped points at home for the first time this season in a 0-0 draw. Paulo Bento’s men produced a mediocre display and struggled  with the final ball into the box. Kerkyra on the other hand were worthy  of a point and extremely dangerous on the break. Thuram was a thorn in the side of the Olympiacos defense all afternoon and had he had more composure just after the break could have given his side the lead when clean through on a one-on-one with Olympiacos goalkeeper Nicolas Leali. 

Olympiacos did manage to threaten at times, however when they did Kerkyra ‘keeper Fotis Koutzavasilis was equal to the task. Koutzavasilis produced some superb saves over the 90 minutes, particularly in the 39th and 72nd minutes when he saved efforts from Omar Elabdellaoui and Seba respectively. Kostas Fourtounis also had an attempt in the dying seconds of injury time that went just wide as Olympiacos ended a frustrating evening. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


AEK - PLATANIAS

AEK 3 - 0 Platanias
Mantalos 77', 90'
Aravidis 87'

AEK returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over Platanias. It took a late surge for the Kitrinomavri to claim the points and the scoreline is perhaps a bit misleading. A Dimitris Sotiriou own goal saw AEK strike first in the 77th minute.

Platanias’ resistance finally wore down and Christos Aravidis (87th) and Petros Mantalos (90th+) added goals at the death as AEK put a little more gloss on the final score. 

The victory puts AEK into 3rd place, even with Panathinaikos on 15 points. Platanias meanwhile drop to 13th on 10 points. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


PAS GIANNINA - VERIA

PAS Giannina 2 - 0 Veria
Conde 39'
Kozoronis 90'+2'

Giannis Petrakis’ PAS Giannina moved into sole position of second place after comfortably slipping by Veria 2-0 at Zosimades. After controlling most of the opening exchanges, the home side had to wait until six minutes before halftime to open the scoring. Pedro Conde’s header gave PAS the 1-0 lead. 

Veria were reduced to 10 men just before the hour as Pantelis Kapetanos was issued a straight red card after an altercation that ended with a head-butt. Chrysovalantis Kozoronis added a second goal for Giannina in injury time rounding off a good afternoon for the hosts.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


PANETOLIKOS - XANTHI

Panetolikos 2 - 3 Xanthi
Warda (p) 64'
Rcoha 86'

Triadis 19'
Lazic 48'
Younes (p) 73'

Panetolikos’ comeback fell just short in Agrinio as they lost to Xanthi 3-2. Razvan Lucescu’s team continued their good form by recording a fine away victory at a tough ground to claim the points. 

Xanthi struck first through Panagiotis Triadis in the 19th minute. The visitors doubled their lead three minutes after the break with Djordje Lazic getting on the scoresheet. 

Panetolikos pulled a goal back through Amr Warda just after the hour mark as he scored for the second straight league match, this time from the penalty spot. Xanthi were not to be outdone though and Younes Hamza restored their two-goal cushion in the 73rd minute with another penalty after he was fouled by Panetolikos goalkeeper Dimitris Kyriakidis.

Luis Rocha ensured a tense final when he slid home four minutes from time, but Xanthi ultimately held on for another big win as they continue their climb up the league. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


ASTERAS TRIPOLIS - LARISSA

Asteras Tripolis 1 - 1 Larissa
Ioannidis (p) 18' Nazlidis (p) 77'

Asteras Tripolis and Larisa played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on Saturday, The game at the Thodoros Kolokotronis Stadium had a little bit of everything with two penalties, a red card and several opportunities in an exciting affair.

Asteras took the early lead with an 18th minute penalty by Nikos Ioannidis. The foul  that led to the spot-kick saw Borislav Jovanovic receive his marching orders as Larisa were reduced to 10 men.

Asteras looked favorites to go on and claim the points and had many chances to do so, however Larisa behind some superb goalkeeping by Gennady Xenodochov kept it close and were rewarded with a penalty of their own on 77 minutes. Thomas Nazlidis converted from twelve yards and Larisa were back on level terms. 

Asteras pushed on late and nearly found the winner toward the end when Aleksandar Stanisavljević’s long effort came off against the bar. In the end it was a share of the spoils which undoubtedly saw Larisa as the happier side having played so long with a player down. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


LEVADIAKOS - IRAKLIS

Levadiakos 3 - 0 Iraklis
Giakoumakis 72'
Silva 75'
Manztios 88'

Levadiakos heaped more misery on Iraklis’ poor campaign with a 3-0 victory in Livadeia. Iraklis were no pushovers for the majority of the match, but like so many times this season, the Thessaloniki side were in the end just not good enough to pick up points. 

Levadiakos scored three times in the last 20 minutes to take the win and move up to 7th in the  SuperLeague standings. Petros Giakoumakis provided the breakthrough with his 72nd minute opener and Toni Silva made sure of the points three minutes later when he made it 2-0. The icing on the cake was provided by Vangelis Mantzios two minutes from time. 

Iraklis look like sure relegation candidates already. Without a win and with only 3 points from 9 matches, Savvas Pantelidis’ side are is massive trouble less than a third of the way through the season.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


PAOK - ATROMITOS

PAOK 3 - 4 Atromitos
Rodrigues 3'
Koulouris 27'
Mystakidis 69'

Le tallec 56'
Umbides (p) 74'
Papadopoulos 86'
Tonso 90'+3'

In one of the matches of this (or any) season to date in the Greek SuperLeague, Atromitos put in a courageous performance their supporters won’t soon forget as they came back in epic fashion to defeat PAOK 4-3 at Toumba.

PAOK produced yet another Jekyll and Hyde performance with a solid first half that yielded a 2-0 lead that gave way to a disastrous second half that saw them give up four goals. 

Vladan Ivic’s men came out of the blocks with a vengeance buoyed by their Europa League win over Fiorentina last week. 

Garry Rodrigues picked up where he left off against Fiorentina by scoring just three minutes into the match to make it 1-0. Efthimios Koulouris doubled the Thessaloniki side’s lead just before the half hour as PAOK were all over their opponents and on cruise control.

Anthony Le Tallec pulled one back for Atromitos on 57 minutes, but PAOK responded quickly as 12 minutes later Ioannis Mystakidis made it a seemingly safe 3-1 advantage.

Jose Canas’ sending off in the 73rd minute however set off a historic capitulation as Atromitos stormed back. Javier Umbides pulled Atromitos back to 3-2 in the 74th minute and substitute Dimitris Papadopoulos shocked the home crowd when he levelled the score for the visitors in the 86th minute.

As if that wasn’t enough, Giorgos Korakakis’ side found the winner in dramatic circumstances. Martin Tonso scored three minutes into injury time to send the away side into ecstasy and  leave PAOK supporters fuming at the fact that their side allowed a sure win to turn into an unfathomable loss. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...

 
by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at tsitsonisg.agonasport@gmail.com
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