Big Guns All Win (Matchday 14 Recap)

Big Guns All Win
(Matchday 14 Recap)

 

Matchday 14 of the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague proved to be a round without big shocks as the favorites came through some tricky matches with relative ease.

Olympiacos kept their lead intact at the top with a 2-0 win over 10-man PAS Giannina, who have recently started to stumble after an impressive start to the season. 

Panathinaikos continued their recent revival under new manager Marinos Ouzounidis as they downed Atromitos away 1-0.

AEK, with a man advantage for most of the match, easily disposed of Levadiakos 4-0 on Saturday. PAOK rode a Leo Matos brace to defeat Platanias 3-0. 

Xanthi kept their stunning run intact with a 1-0 home success against Larisa. Panionios returned to the win column with a 1-0 victory over Kerkyra.

Finally, Panetolikos saw off Iraklis 2-0 while Asteras Tripolis and Veria could not be separated in their 0-0 draw.

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PAS GIANNINA - OLYMPIACOS

PAS Giannina 0 - 2 Olympiacos
Cardozo 68'
Seba 90'+2'

Olympiacos and PAS Giannina battled against a terrible pitch at Zosimades with Paulo Bento’s team securing a 2-0 win. A red card given to Andi Lila in the first half seemed to play a crucial role in the eventual result. Oscar Cardozo and Seba scored for Olympiacos who maintained their 7-point lead over Panathinaikos atop the Greek SuperLeague.

Both sides exchanged chances in the opening period with Olympiacos having the more numerous and better of the opportunities. Both goalkeepers were solid and no team could break the deadlock. In the 42nd minute, Kostas Fortounis looked to have been fouled in the box by Lila. The Albanian midfielder received his marching orders by picking up his second yellow card, however the infraction was given as a free-kick outside the box rather than a penalty.

Olympiacos controlled the match more so after the expulsion and pressured more in the second half. That led to a breakthrough on 68 minutes when the superb Seba produced a wonderful cross for Cardozo to score his first goal for Olympiacos, as the Paraguayan tapped into an empty net at the back post.

Credit to Giannis Petrakis’ PAS side who tried to find a way back into the match, but were ultimately let down by some wayward finishing and kept at bay by the continued good play by Nicolas Leali in the Olympiacos goal. Two minutes into injury time, the Erythrolefki added a second as Luca Milivojevic’s fine ball saw Seba lob Kostas Peristeridis and ensure that the league leaders won their 9th match of the season.

The win keeps Olympiacos with their cushion at the top as they move to 28 points. PAS drop their second in a row following last week’s loss to Iraklis and are now down to 6th place with 17 points.

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


ATROMITOS - PANATHINAIKOS

Atromitos 0 - 1 Panathinaikos
Berg 45'

Marcus Berg’s strike on the stroke of halftime saw Panathinaikos overcome Atromitos in Peristeri 1-0. Marinos Ouzounidis made it 2-for-2 on the Trifylli bench as the atmosphere surrounding the club has improved greatly since the new manager’s appointment. 

Panathinaikos controlled most of this Sunday night match-up. Berg was guilty of missing two one-on-one’s in the opening stages after being played through twice by the superb Lucas Villafanez. Atromitos looked a step off from their recent solid performances that had seem rise to 4th in the table, however they too had a couple quality chances that could have had resulted in a goal in an open first half. 

Berg’s goal came right before the interval as he was the recipient of a fine pass from Victor Ibarbo and the Swede knocked in his own rebound. After the break, Atromitos could not seriously threaten a very well-organized visiting team and Panathinaikos held on rather easily. 

Panathinaikos maintain sole possession of second place with 21 points while Atromitos fall to 7th with the loss as they remain on 17 points.

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


AEK - LEVADIAKOS

AEK 4 - 0 Levadiakos
Simoes 28'
Pekhart 50'
Galanopoulos 67'
Patito 80'

AEK took a step toward getting their season back on track with a routine 4-0 win over Levadiakos. The visitors were reduced to 10 players at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night when goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco was given a straight red for a foul made outside the box as AEK broke free. 

That effectively swung the contest in AEK’s favor and just before the half hour Andre Simoes put Jose Morais’ side in front after good work from Patito Rodriguez. Just after the break, Tomas Pekhart made it 2-0 and in the 67th minute, 19-year-old Kostas Galanopoulos scored his first ever professional goal to put the hosts up 3-0.

Rodriguez put the cherry on top of this AEK display with his goal 10 minutes from time. 4-0 was probably no more than AEK deserved as Levadiakos are going through a rough patch. They held Olympiacos to a 0-0 halftime score last week, however they ended up conceding four times in the second half. The back-to-back defeats leave the club with 12 points in 10th place. AEK go to 19 points as they aim to keep their title challenge alive.

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


PAOK - PLATANIAS

PAOK 3 - 0 Platanias
Leo Matos 61', 81'
Banana (og) 87'

PAOK avoided dropping points for a fourth straight match as they disposed of Platanias 3-0. The Chaniotes were able to hold off the hosts for about an hour, however a Leo Matos brace led the way for PAOK’s late flurry to pick up the points.

Matos opened the scoring after 61 minutes with a header from a Garry Rodrigues free-kick and then struck again nine minutes from time with a well-finished goal any striker would have been proud of let alone a defender. 

PAOK had all but wrapped up the points by the 86th minute when Rodrigues’ effort led to an own goal by Platanias’ Yaya Banana.

PAOK slowly inch up the table with this victory, going to 9th spot and 14 points. Platanias opened the campaign in positive fashion, however they are enduring a horrendous run at the moment which has seen them drop back near the relegation places (13th, 11 points).

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


XANTHI - LARISSA

Xanthi 1 - 0 Larissa
Vasilakakis 50'

Xanthi extended their unbeaten run to nine with a 1-0 win over Larisa. Razvan Lucescu has overseen his side go without a loss since mid-September as they now find themselves 5th in the SuperLeague standings after their second straight home win. 

The goal that decided the contest was scored five minutes after the break when Dorde Lazic’s pinpoint delivery was met expertly by Thedoros Vasilakakis who headed home for his third goal of the season. 

Larisa did better in the second half as they tried to get into the game. However, it wasn’t to be and Sakis Tsiolis and company were left disappointed from another subpar performance. The lowly Vissini find themselves a single point above the relegation places. Xanthi on the other hand go even with AEK on 19 points for 3rd in the standings.

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


PANIONIOS - KERKYRA

Panionios 1 - 0 Kerkyra
Tasoulis 64'

Panionios secured a 1-0 win at home versus Kerkyra giving the club some much-needed breathing space from the teams in midtable. Christos Tasoulis’ superb 64th minute left-footed finish was enough to give the points to Vladan Milojevic and his team.

It was a goal and consequential result that was hard on Kerkyra. The visitors performed well for most of the match and had good chances late on to secure a point. But, after credible draws against the likes of Olympiacos and AEK in their last two matches, Michalis Grigoriou saw his team come just short against Panionios. 

The win brings Panionios to 18 points and in 5th place, while Kerkyra remain 12th on 12 points.

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


PANETOLIKOS - IRAKLIS

Panetolikos 2 - 0 Iraklis
Clesio 19'
Markovski 85'

After two matchdays without a win, Panetolikos picked up the three points against battling Iraklis in Sunday’s early kick-off. The Agrinio club rode a strong first half performance at home to gain the advantage and never looked back even though the away side played a very good second half. 

Clesio Bauque, the Mozambique attacker, was the star of the show for Panetolikos as he scored and assisted on the afternoon. Bauque helped get things started when he opened the scoring on 19 minutes after breaking into the box with speed and firing home to give his side the lead. Giorgos Kousas headed against the post 15 minutes later as Panetolikos were all over their opponents.

Iraklis kept their composure and Savvas Pantelidis must at least be comforted by his side’s second half display, especially late on where only the superb Dimitris Kyriakidis kept Iraklis at bay. Panetolikos clinched the win with five minutes to go when Bauque cut back for Marko Markovski who finished for the 2-0 advantage.

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


ASTERA TRIPOLIS - VERIA

Asteras Tripolis 0 - 0 Veria

Decent chances by both sides, but no goals was the return of the weekend’s opening match between Asteras Tripolis and Veria. Goalkeepers Antonio Donnarumma (Asteras) and Jonathan Lopez (Veria) both had big saves to make and did so to keep clean sheets. 

Veria had the ball in the back of the net after only 16 minutes, but the goal was ruled out due to offside. That was the closest either side had to scoring a goal, but there were opportunities late on to break the deadlock. Farinha’s header six minutes from the end was magnificently saved by Lopez with Donnarumma impressively equaling him two minutes later on an amazing stop from Toni Calvo. 

The draw will leave neither side happy. Veria haven’t won a league match since September go to 8 points and are second from the bottom. Asteras were booed by some parts of their support and they have now gone three matches without a win, currently in 12th on 11 points.

*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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