Big Wins For The Big Guns (Matchday 3 Recap)

Big Wins For The Big Guns
(Matchday 3 Recap)

 

The first weekend of Greek SuperLeague action this season saw all of the title favorites secure comprehensive victories. In fact, five of the seven matches played on Saturday and Sunday (Larisa and Iraklis meet on Monday) were blowouts with the winners doing so by at least three goals. The weekend also marked the first time in 24 years that the ‘Big Four’ (Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAOK) all won in the opening round.

Reigning champions Olympiacos seemed to shake off a rough summer as they demolished Veria 6-1 on the back of a Brown Ideye hat-trick. A Hugo Almeida brace saw AEK begin the season in convincing fashion with a 4-1 win over Xanthi. Panathinaikos impressed on Saturday defeating Levadiakos away 3-0 while PAOK beat Panetolikos 2-1, but was left to sweat in the end.

Elsewhere, PAS Giannina and Panionios both secured impressive opening day 3-0 victories over Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis respectively. In the opening match of the SuperLeague season early on Saturday, Platanias came away with a narrow 1-0 victory at Kerkyra.

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

 

OLYMPIACOS - VERIA

Olympiacos 6 - 1 Veria
Ideye 29', 61', 89'
Seba 27'
Elyounoussi 41'
Milivojevic 49'
Kapteanos 74'



Olympiacos answered their critics with a 6-1 demolition of Veria. The defending champions may have had questions to answer after a turbulent summer; however they showed that despite their problems they remain the team to beat in the Greek SuperLeague.

A Brown Ideye hat-trick led the Erythrolefki to this rout over a hapless Veria. Marko Marin expertly pulled the strings in the midfield as he produced assists for Ideye (’25) and Seba (28’) to open the scoring. Fellow new signing Tarik Elyounoussi finished well to make it 3-0 in the 41st after Ideye’s headed pass.

It was the same after the break with Luka Milivojevic getting in on the scoring with a well-placed drive in the 48th minute after the Veria defense could not clear a corner. Both full-backs for Olympiacos, Alberto de la Bella and Diogo Figueiras got assists as Ideye scored in the 61st and 89th minutes to secure his hat-trick. Veria’s only reply came in between those strikes with Pantelis Kapetanos scoring in the 74th after a neat turn and finish in the box.

*More on this match can be found here...


LEVADIAKOS - PANATHINAIKOS

Levadiakos 0 - 3 Panathinaikos
Ledesma (p) 8'
Wakaso 37'
Leto 74'

Panathinaikos passed their first test of the season with flying colors after disposing of Levadiakos away 0-3. It was as comfortable a win as the Prasini could have asked for and their fans will be happy with their team’s opening day performance. An early goal set the tone for Andrea Stramaccioni’s side. Cristian Ledesma gave the visitors the lead when he buried an 8th minute penalty after Marcus Berg was brought down in the box.

Berg did not score on the night, but played a role in all three goals. He expertly knocked down Zeka’s cross in the 37th minute for Mubarak Wakaso to finish into an empty net for the 2-0 advantage. Panathinaikos had chance after chance as Levadiakos were disappointing in their first match of the season. Sebastian Leto finished off the scoring sixteen minutes from time with another empty net tap-in after Berg had found Giandomenico Mesto on the right who squared for the Argentine to claim his goal.

*More on this match can be found here...


AEK - XANTHI

AEK 4 - 1 Xanthi
Almeida 7', 14'
Mantalos 10'
Didac 76'
Younes 12'


Temur Ketsbaia’s AEK came crashing out of the gates at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday leading to a 4-1 win over Xanthi. The two teams conjured up four goals in the first 15 minutes, but unfortunately for Xanthi it was AEK who scored three of them. Patito Rodriguez found Hugo Almeida and Petros Mantalos with pinpoint deliveries for two lightning quick strikes (Almeida ‘7, Mantalos ‘10).  

Xanthi replied in the 12th minute when Hamza Younes scored after picking up his own rebound. AEK responded three minutes later with a goal of the season candidate. Almeida unleashed a rocket from over 30 yards out that sailed into the top corner to make it 3-1.

AEK controlled proceedings the rest of the way though Xanthi did manage some possession and a couple decent opportunities. Didac capped off the scoring in the 75th tucking a loose ball into the net from a few yards out.

*More on this match can be found here...


PAOK - PANETOLIKOS

PAOK 2 - 1 Panetolikos
2' Biseswar
Rodrigues 27'
Warda 90'+1'

PAOK produced a promising performance as they overcame Panetolikos 2-1 at Toumpa. The scoreline does not reflect the real story of the match as only a series of fine saves by Panetolikos goalkeeper Dimitri Kyriakidis kept this from being a rout.

Diego Biseswar pounced on a defensive mistake by Giorgos Mygas to give PAOK the lead after just two minutes. A beautiful backheel assist by Stefanos Athanasiadis set up Garry Rodrigues to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute. PAOK were all over their guests and only the post (twice) and Kyriakidis kept it close. Panetolikos pulled one back through Amr Warda in injury-time, but PAOK held on for a deserved three points.

*More on this match can be found here...


PANIONIOS - ASTERAS TRIPOLIS

Panionios 3 - 0 Asteras Tripolis
Fountas 24', 57'
Ansarifard 52'

A Taxiarchis Fountas brace helped Panionios ease past Asteras Tripolis 3-0. The hosts had Asteras on the ropes from the start and could have been in the lead as early as the 13th minute from the penalty spot. However, Asteras goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky saved Karim Ansarifard’s effort from 12 yards.

Ten minutes later Panionios made the breakthrough as Fountas finished from close range after Ansarifard cut back the ball from the right. After the break, Panionios continued to push forward and were rewarded on 52 minutes when Ansarifard slotted past Kosicky after a beautiful through ball by Ben. Fountas then secured the points just before the hour mark with a stunning scissors half volley. Panionios could have added to their advantage, but in the end it remained 3-0 giving manager Vladan Milojevic a winning start in his debut.

*More on this match can be found here...


PAS GIANNINA - ATROMITOS

PAS Giannina 3 - 0 Atromitos
Acosta (p) 10'
Conde 41', 57'

At the Zosimades Stadium, PAS Giannina defeated Atromitos 3-0 in a highly entertaining affair. It was all about the Pedro Conde-Christopher Maboulou connection for PAS as the duo combined for two of the team’s three goals. Noe Acosta got things started for the home side by converting a 10th minute penalty-kick after Giorgo Zisopoulos was adjudged to have committed a high-kick. Atromitos had chances to equalize, but they found Giannina ‘keeper Alexandros Paschalakis in inspired form.

Four minutes from the interval, Atromitos made it 2-0 as Conde coolly finished after Maboulou’s fine cutback. The same players managed to do it again in the 57th. Maboulou, once again was the provider, slid a pass across the face of goal for Conde to tap home. Atromitos showed some strength in attack, but some glaring misses and an overall poor defensive display brought about this big defeat. 

*More on this match can be found here...


KERKYRA - PLATANIAS

Kerkyra 0 - 1 Platanias
Giakoumakis 11'

Platanias scored their first ever goal in a season opener as well as their first win as they overcame Kerkyra 1-0 away. Giorgos Paraschos’ team produced a solid rearguard effort to record the victory. The Chaniotes came out of the gates the quicker side and were ahead after only 11 minutes. A cross from Alexandros Apostolopoulos couldn’t be cleared by Tasos Venetis and Platanias forward Giorgos Giakoumakis produced the finish to put the visitors in front.

After a sluggish opening period, Kerkyra grew into the match and were the marginally better side. Their best chance came 12 minutes from time when Turam and Fotis Georgiou both missed in quick succession after an important block by Giannis Kargas.

*More on this match can be found here...


LARISSA - IRAKLIS

Larissa 2 - 2 Iraklis
Avraam 15', 55'

Lambrou 11'
Leozinho 65'

One of the weekend’s best matches came at the AEL FC Arena as Larisa and Iraklis played out a 2-2 draw. Lazaros Lambrou opened the scoring for Iraklis with a well-taken goal after only 11 minutes as the visitors scored against the run of play. The Vissini however responded quickly and Cypriot attacker Andreas Avraam was played through by the impressive Milos Deletic and made the score 1-1.

Larisa was enjoying a superiority in possession and chances and made it count in the scoreline 10 minutes into the second half. Deletic saw his diving header saved by Huanderson onto the post, but Avraam was there again to finish from close range as he bagged his brace. Iraklis found their own equalizer though in the 65th minute. A tragic mistake by Larisa goalkeeper Matias Degra who tried to dribble past Emmanuel Perrone saw the ball land with Leozinho and the Brazilian finished easily to make it 2-2. That is how it finished with both sides producing one of the matches of the weekend.

*More on this match can be found here...

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