Xanthi & Levadiakos Close in on Last 16, Kallithea Surprise Atromitos

-- XANTHI & LEVADIAKOS CLOSE IN ON LAST 16, KALLITHEA SURPRISE ATROMITOS --
 

GREEK SOCCER CUP - GROUP STAGE (MATCHDAY 2)

Date Home Team Score Away Team
1-Dec-16 Xanthi 3 - 1 Kalloni
1-Dec-16 Levadiakos 3 - 1 Panserraikos
1-Dec-16 Kallithea 1 - 0 Atromitos

Xanthi and Levadiakos came away with 3-1 victories over Kalloni and Panserraikos and are only a draw away from a place in the knockout stages of the Greek Cup. Kallithea surprisingly defeated Atromitos 1-0, setting up an exciting finale in group G.

Xanthi defeated Kalloni 3-1 at the Pigadia and will fight with Agrotikos Asteras on the final matchday for a place in the knockout stages (PAS Giannina has already advanced). The hosts got off to a great start, opening the score in the 3rd minute through Ranos. Xanthi continued to dominate the game and in the 24th minute, Lazic was at the right place at the right time to double his side’s lead. In the second half, the hosts did not let up their pressure and a counterattack led to their third goal of the night through Nieto. After Xanthi took a 3-0 lead, the pace of the game fell and Kalloni scored a consolation goal in the 69th minute with a nice effort from Frangos. The final whistle (3-1) gave Xanthi all three points, bringing them tied with Agrotikos Asteras after 2-games. The two teams will play in the final matchday for a place in the knockout stage. A draw will suffice for Xanthi while Agrotikos Asteras will only need a win to progress. Kalloni is mathematically eliminated after their second loss from two games.

Similar to Xanthi, Levadiakos came away with a 3-1 victory over Panserraikos in the second matchday of the Greek Cup Group Stages. The result was decided in a span of 13 minutes as Levadiakos took a 1-0 lead in the first minute with Pappas and in the 12th minute, Ouon doubled his side’s lead. Late in the first half, Levadiakos increased their advantage to three goals with Giakoumakis. Kakkos scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the 67th minute, shaping the final score 3-1. The win puts Levadiakos on 4 points from two games and they will need a draw away to Kissamikos on the final matchday to secure their place in the next round of the competition. Panserraikos was eliminated after their second defeat in group play. Highlights can be found here...

Kallithea completed the upset over Atromitos in Group G after their 1-0 home win. The hosts were the better side in the first half and their good play paid off in the 55th minute with Stamatakos’ goal. Atromitos searched for an equalizer and created good chances to score, including a double opportunity with Papadopoulos one-on-one with keeper and Tonso’s follow up effort that missed an open net. Kallithea’s stubborn defense held onto the clean sheet at the final whistle as they celebrated an important victory in the group. All four teams in Group G (Kallithea, Panetolikos, Atromitos, Panthrakikos) sit on 3-points after two games and everything will be decided in the final matchday. Highlights can be found here...

 
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