Olympiacos In Control After Derby Win (Matchday 10 Recap)

Olympiacos In Control After Derby Win
(Matchday 10 Recap)

 

Olympiacos romped to a 3-0 derby win over rivals Panathinaikos on Sunday in the highlight of Matchday 10 of the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague. Combined with other results, the defending champions opened up a seven-point gap atop the standings and are the clear favorites once again for the title 8 matches into the season.

Olympiacos took advantage of PAOK and AEK both dropping points earlier in the weekend. PAOK went down to a 1-0 defeat away to Panionios. AEK threw away a two-goal lead in the second half allowing Atromitos to come back and draw 2-2 on Saturday.

PAS Giannina gave up two late goals as Asteras Tripolis came away with a huge away victory 2-1. Panetolikos went up to 7th with their 2-1 win over Larisa. 

Elsewhere, Kerkyra took the three points by beating Veria 2-0 and Levadiakos and Xanthi played out a 1-1 draw.

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


OLYMPIACOS - PANATHINAIKOS

Olympiacos 3 - 0 Panathinaikos
Botia 21'
Elyounoussi 26'
Ideye 44'

Olympiacos took a commanding lead in the Greek SuperLeague after a derby day demolition of Panathinaikos 3-0 at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Paulo Bento’s team were in control throughout and dominated their rivals on the night.

The key moment came as early as 20 minutes into the match. Panathinaikos broke the offside trap and Sebastien Leto raced clear onto goal until a last-ditch tackle from Alberto Botia saved a clear goalscoring chance. If that wasn’t enough, Botia went one better seconds later down the pitch. The Spanish defender sent a looping header into the net from a corner kick to give the home side a 1-0 lead. The Erythrolefki struck quickly to make it 2-0 just minutes later. After a controversial non-call on tackle by
Luka Milivojevic, the ball ended up with Kostas Fortounis who played out wide to Seba. The Brazilian sent a fine cross into the path of Tarik Elyounoussi who beat Luke Steele to the ball and send it home. 

Olympiacos ended the first half in style as Brown Ideye scored his 7th of the season just before the interval when turned in Fortounis’ cross. Panathinaikos were slightly better after the break and won a penalty in the 60th minute. However, Cristian Ledesma’s spot-kick went wide summing up a terrible night for the Prasini. Both sides created a couple chances each in the closing stages, but the result had all but been decided in the first half.

Olympiacos go to 21 points as they open up a 7-point lead on Panathinaikos who remain in second spot with 14 points. The loss could spell trouble for Tryfilli boss Andrea Stramaccioni, who fans turned on after the derby defeat. Supporters were incensed at the end of this match and met up with players after the game expressing their disgust at the current state of affairs at the club.

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


PANIONIOS - PAOK

Panionios 1 - 0 PAOK
Ansarifard 14'

PAOK continued to create good goalscoring opportunities but also drop points as they lost to Panionios 1-0 in Nea Smyrni. Karim Ansarifard’s strike a quarter of an hour into the match proved to be the game-winner. With the defeat, PAOK are now 10 points behind league leaders Olympiacos as Vladan Ivic’s side see their title chances dwindle by the week.

Panionios were off the mark from the start and were up 1-0 in the 14th minute. Ansarifard finished from close range after fantastic work down the right side between Masoud and Ben. PAOK improved after the goal and could have equalized in the 25th minute when Andreas Gianniotis pushed Facundo Pereyra’s header onto the post. The same player was guilty of a point-blank chance and PAOK’s best of the game to that point just after halftime when the Argentine skied over from close range. PAOK’s last clear-cut chance came in the 68th minute when Efthimis Koulouris hit the post.

It was another disappointing result for the Dikefalos to Vorra. Panionios will be feeling good about their prospects for a European place, but PAOK will feel misery after defeat in Europa League play on Thursday and another league loss which sees a once promising season descending into chaos.

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


AEK - ATROMITOS

AEK 2 - 2 Atromitos
Mantalos 3'
Rodrizuez 60'
Le Tallec 71'
Umbides 75'

AEK dropped crucial points as they let a two-goal lead slip away at home to Atromitos in a 2-2 draw Saturday evening. Jose Morais’ men had the perfect start as Petros Mantalos found the back of the net just three minutes into the game to give the hosts an early lead. 

Atromitos rebounded well and by the end of the half were arguably the better team. AEK gained the upper hand again in the second half and added a second goal on the hour when Patito Rodriguez converted to make it 2-0. It looked like the Kitrinomavri would cruise on to victory, however it wasn’t to be.

Atromitos found the resolve to continue to pressure the AEK backline and two goals in the space of five minutes saw them draw level. Anthony Le Tallec pulled a goal back in the 71st and minutes later Javier Umbides’ cross-turned-shot brought the match back to level terms. Atromitos nearly found a winner shortly afterward, but the score eventually remained 2-2.

AEK are now winless in three league matches in a row, dropping to 5th place in the table and now 9 points behind leaders Olympiacos. Atromitos bounced back from defeat last week to Olympiacos and have 11 points and are in 6th.

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


PAS GIANNINA - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS

PAS Giannina 1 - 2 Asteras Tripolis
Jairo 63'
Farina 72'
Mazza 77'

PAS Giannina lost a golden opportunity to win a fourth straight match as Asteras Tripolis produced an unlikely comeback to pick up a massive 2-1 away win. PAS seemed to be cruising toward another three points when Zairo struck to give the team the lead just after the hour. 

Asteras however showed some superb fighting spirit and fifteen minutes later had turned the match on its head. Luis Farinha’s header tied the match in the 72nd and four minutes later Pablo Mazza produced another header to give Asteras the lead. 

The victory is Asteras’ third in their last four matches as they rise up to 11th in the table. PAS remain in 3rd on 13 points, with a game in hand.

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


PANETOLIKOS - LARISSA

Panetolikos 2 - 1 Larissa
Warda 41'
Markovski 85'
Nazlidis 54'

Panetolikos overcame a battling Larisa 2-1 on Sunday in Agrinio. Giannis Mantzourakis’ side controlled proceedings in the first half as they monopolized the chances. The home side really turned the heat on three minutes from the break when Amr Warda whipped in a dangerous ball into the box and Boki Jovanovic deflected the ball into his net for an own goal. 

Larisa came out with renewed purpose in the second half and found the equalizer through Thomas Nazlidis. Larisa were in the ascendency by then, though Panetolikos began to fight back and Tomane hit the post with his header 20 minutes from the end. A tie looked the most likely outcome in the closing stages, but five minutes from time substitute Marko Markovski found space in the box to head home the winner for Panetolikos.

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


KERKYRA - VERIA

Kerkyra 2 - 0 Veria
Malon (og) 52'
Thuram 62'

Brazilian Thuram scored again leading Kerkyra to a priceless 2-0 win over Veria. In an average first half in terms of quality, Veria shaded the play and had most of the possession. The visitors also had the best chance of the half, but Panagiotis Linardos’ effort came back off the post. 

After the break, Kerkyra improved drastically and took the lead 52 minutes in when Ivan Malon turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Thuram. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 as Thuram headed in a corner kick. The game looked done and dusted at that point, but there was late drama to be had. Veria won a penalty five minutes from time, but Dimitris Melikiotis, the player that won the penalty kick, saw his shot from 12 yards saved by Fotis Koutzavasilis. 

After 8 matches, Kerkyra now move up to 9th place, while the loss ensures Veria stay in the drop zone in 15th.

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


LEVADIAKOS - XANTHI

Levadiakos 1 - 1 Xanthi
Ouon 80' Younes 22'

Two headers and two teams picking up one point was the result of Levadiakos and Xanthi’s 1-1 draw on Saturday. It was mostly a match that won’t be remembered for long in Livadeia. Xanthi had the better of play in the first half and opened the scoring in the 20th minute as Younes Hamza headed past Stanislav Namasco.

It was a different story after halftime as the home side came into the match. Though Levadiakos could not create too much as far as clear-cut chances go, they were pressuring the Xanthi defense with possession and many free-kicks. The breakthrough finally came 9 minutes from time with Edwin Ouon rising to head in the equalizer. 

Xanthi will be marginally happier with the point, they go to 10 points in 10th place. Levadiakos will see this game as a missed opportunity and stay in 13th with 8 points.

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


IRAKLIS - PLATANIAS

Iraklis 1 - 1 Platanias
Kyriakidis 68' Giakoumakis 29'

Iraklis came closer, but in the end were unable to pick up the win versus Platanias as they drew 1-1. In Savvas Pantelidis’ debut on the Iraklis bench, the Thessaloniki were improved, but not enough to claim their first win of the season. On the other end, Platanias remained winless for a sixth consecutive match.

Platanias opened the match on top as they pressed for an opening goal. That came just before the half hour when Alexandros Apostolopoulos shrugged off two tackles and fired home a superb shot to make it 1-0 to Platanias. 

Iraklis pressed more in the second half and were rewarded in the 68th minute. Platanias goalkeeper Dimitris Sotiriou mistimed grabbing a cross and Pavlos Kyriakidis was on hand to nod home the equalizer. Instead of that tying goal pushing Iraklis on, it was Platanias who had the chances to win the match and the 1-1 was probably an unjust for the visitors based on the play over 90 minutes. 

Iraklis stay rock bottom of the division with 3 points while Platanias join two other sides on 10 points in 9th position.

*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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