Panathinaikos Stay Alive in the Title Race (Matchday 13 Recap)

Panathinaikos Stay Alive in the Title Race
(Matchday 13 Recap)

 

Marinos Ouzounidis got off to a winning start in his debut as Panathinaikos manager as the Prasini managed a 1-0 win over PAOK in the weekend's big derby clash. The most anticipated game of Matchday 13 in the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague failed to shine as a spectacle as two under-pressure sides were very cautious in a tight, cagey affair. 

The win keeps Panathinaikos in the title race while the Dikefalos tou Vora sit 14-points behind the leaders, Olympiacos. 

Olympiacos rode a strong second half to ease past Levadiakos 4-0. Brown Ideye secured a brace as the leaders returned to winning ways. 

Xanthi kept up their fine form as they defeated Asteras Tripolis 3-1. Atromitos recorded another impressive away win as they overcame Larisa 2-1 at the AEL FC Arena. 

On Saturday, all three matches ended in 1-1 draws. Platanias scored 10 minutes from the end to tie Panionios. Veria and Panetolikos had a share of the spoils after one first half goal for each club. AEK lost a lead for the third match in a row as Kerkyra came back to earn a point in their 1-1 draw. 

Monday’s fixture saw Iraklis celebrate their first win of the season after defeating PAS Giannina 2-1 with a late goal in the second half.

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PANATHINAIKOS - PAOK

Panathinaikos 1 - 0 PAOK
Lod 69'

Panathinaikos returned to winning ways as they slipped past PAOK with a narrow 1-0 thanks to Robin Lod's 69th minute goal. 

In a scrappy affair characterized by a distinct lack of scoring chances, PAOK were marginally better in the first half at Leoforos. The visitors' best opportunity of the game came in the 17th when Marin Leovac drilled a shot that Odysseus Vlachodimos did superbly well to push out for a corner. 

New Panathinaikos boss Marinos Ouzounidis saw his team improve their performance after the break. A clever shot by Lod just past the hour mark saw him give the home side the lead after catching Zeljko Brkic by surprise with the PAOK goalkeeper also seemingly screened on the shot. 

That goal gave the Prasini the confidence to get forward more and after a great team move Lucas Villfanez scuffed his chance to make it 2-0 in the 74th. A late effort from a Stefanos Athanasiadis header that went wide was the only half chance Vladan Ivic's side could manage as the game came to a close. 

The final whistle saw Prasini supporters applaud Ouzounidis, a clear signal they are willing to support the new manager. Panathinaikos move up to 18 points with the win. PAOK now find themselves in real trouble with regard to the standings. The Thessaloniki giants find themselves in 11th place, five points off the playoff places and 14 points behind leaders Olympiacos. 

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


OLYMPIACOS - LEVADIAKOS

Olympiacos 4 - 0 Levadiakos
Ideye 48', 74'
Milivojevic 69'
Fortounis 71'

A strong second half surge allowed Olympiacos to notch what ultimately was a comfortable 4-0 win over Levadiakos. 

After a fairly subdued opening 45 minutes, Paulo Bento's side did their damage after the break. Brown Ideye struck a beautiful bicycle kick (replays showed he was offside) to give the home side the lead three minutes after halftime. Levadiakos had a big chance to equalize with Petros Giakoumakis on the hour, but his shot went over the bar as he was clean through on goal. 

The visitors were left to pay for that miss as Olympiacos scored three times in a five minute span to kill off the match. Luka Milivojevic's effort made it 2-0 in the 69th minute followed by a goal from Kostas Fortounis two minutes later to put the game out of reach at 3-0. Ideye's second of the night came in the 74th minute as he headed home to make it 4-0. 

Olympiacos continue to lead the way in the standings sitting 7-points clear of second placed Panathinaikos.

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


KERKYRA - AEK

Kerkyra 1 - 1 AEK
Thuram 74' Lamropoulos 14'

AEK threw away two more valuable points after conceding a late equalizer in their 1-1 away draw to Kerkyra. AEK were on the board as early as the 14th minute when a corner kick by Petros Mantalos was headed into the net by Vasilis Lambropoulos. 

AEK were all over their opponents and could have scored, but for the man of the match performance of Fotis Koutzavasilis. The Kerkyra shot-stopper had one of the games of his career as he thwarted the attempts of AEK time and again.

Koutzavasilis’ heroics frustrated the Enosi and Kerkyra grew in confidence as the game approached the closing stages. Fifteen minutes from time, Brazilian Thuram brought the match onto level terms. For AEK it was the club’s third consecutive match where they took the lead only to eventually give it up and draw the game.

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


LARISSA - ATROMITOS

Larissa 1 - 2 Atromitos
Maroukakis 47'

Limnios 45'
Le Tallec 56'

Atromitos secured another precious away win as they took the three points in their visit to Larisa. After their amazing comeback against PAOK last week, Giorgos Korakakis' men followed it up with a hard-fought 2-1 win at the AEL FC Arena. 

Dimitris Limnios scored his first professional goal to give the away side the lead on the stroke of halftime. Halftime substitute Manthaios Maroukakis brought the home team back onto level terms with his goal straight after the break.  In an evenly-played match, another goal looked likely to decide matters and it was Atromitos who got it. French attacker Anthony Le Tallec scored with a beautiful strike after a well-worked counter-attacking move involving Javier Umbides, Martin Tonso, and Luis Brito. 

Larisa managed a couple half chances toward the end, but Sakis Tsiolis' team could not find the equalizer. Defeat drops Larisa down to 14th, a mere two points above the drop zone. Atromitos' up-tick in form sees them rise to 4th with this win as they go to 17 points. 

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


XANTHI - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS

Xanthi 3 - 1 Asteras Tripolis
Vasilakakis 2'
Younes 14'
Lazic 31'
Ioannis 53'


Xanthi picked up their first home win of the season as they ran out 3-1 winners over visiting Asteras Tripolis. 

The Akrites used a blitzing start to gain a 3-0 advantage in the opening half hour. Razvan Lucescu had his team firing straight from the kick-off as Theodoros Vasilakakis opened the scoring less than two minutes in.  Younes Hamza made it 2-0 twelve minutes later as Xanthi smothered their opponents. The points were all but assured a half hour in as the scoreline became 3-0 when Djordje Lazic scored. 

Asteras' second half performance improved as they managed more possession and scoring chances, but the only thing Dimitris Eleftehropoulos' side managed was to pull a goal back in the 53rd minute thanks to Nikos Ioannidis. 

Xanthi are now on an 8-match unbeaten run that has seen them climb to 5th in the table even on 16 points with AEK. Asteras drop to 13th with 10 points, just three points above the relegation zone. 

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


PLATANIAS - PANIONIOS

Platanias 1 - 1 Panionios
Manousos 80' Nabouhane 27'

Panionios were looking good for over an hour, but a red card ultimately saw Platanias rescue a draw at home. This 1-1 draw lacked a number of clear, goalscoring opportunities. But, it was Panionios who took the lead through Ben in the 27th minute. The Nea Smyrni side had chances to add to their advantage, but were unable to score a second goal.

The turning point in the game occurred in the 65th minute when Valentinos Vlachos picked up a red card after a second yellow. Platanias slowly came into life and tied the game 10 minutes from the end when Giorgos Manousos scored. 

The draw won’t please Panionios though it was their third straight match without defeat. Platanias did well to come back, but worrisome for supporters is that their team have not won a match since Matchday 4.

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


IRAKLIS - PAS GIANNINA

Iraklis 2 - 1 PAS Giannina
Perrone 14'
Angelopoulos 88'
Kozoronis 7'

Iraklis notched their first win of the season in dramatic fashion beating PAS Giannina 2-1. A goal two minutes from the end saw Savvas Pantelidis' side grab the victory over a previously impressive PAS Giannina. 

Giannina opened the scoring 7 minutes in with a goal from star Chrysovalantis Kozoronis.  Iraklis fought back and equalized just 7 minutes later with Emanuel Perrone supplying the finish. 

As the second half wore on, Iraklis were controlling the play and creating better scoring chances. But as time wore on it looked as though they'd have to settle for a mere point once again. However, 2 minutes from time came the moment that Iraklis supporters have been waiting for all season.  It was then when Vasilis Angelopoulos popped up to score the game winner as Iraklis went up for a crucial win. 

The win does not lift Iraklis off last place in the standings but it will give the club belief that they can salvage what has been a difficult start to the season. Giannina's setback drops them to third in the standings as they remain on 17 points.

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


VERIA - PANETOLIKOS

Veria 1 - 1 Panetolikos
Sarpong 30' Makos 3'

Veria and Panetolikos were even across the board in their 1-1 draw on Saturday. It was Panetolikos who drew first blood. Grigoris Makos found space outside the box just three minutes in and put away his drive to make it 1-0 to Panetolikos. Giannis Mantzourakis’ players missed a few golden opportunities to make it 2-0 and on the half hour the influential Jeffrey Sarpong headed home an equalizer. 

Panetolikos would have wanted more from this match-up, but will have to settle for a point. For Veria, their unwanted streak of not having won at home this season continues. In fact, Thomas Grafas’ team last celebrated a win on home soil back in last February

*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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