Six Teams Remain Perfect (Matchday 4 Recap)

- Six Teams Remain Perfect -
(Matchday 4 Recap)
 

Olympiacos received a scare from Iraklis, but ultimately came away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory during Matchday 4 of the Greek SuperLeague. The defending champions found themselves down a goal after only 5 minutes, but a second half fightback saw them pick up the victory. 

Panathinaikos had little trouble defeating PAS Giannina, 4-0. With PAS reduced to 10-men for the majority of the match, Andrea Strammacioni’s side enjoyed an easy victory. AEK also had little trouble defeating Veria 2-0, though Temur Ketsbaia’s team could and should have scored more.

Panionios made it two for two as they easily won 2-0 away to Xanthi. The Kyanerythri dominated the first half where they did all the damage they needed to. Another side picking up their second straight win of the season was Platanias, who defeated Levadiakos in an entertaining match, 3-2. 

Kerkyra and Panetolikos picked up their first wins of the season. Kerkyra had little trouble disposing of Larisa at the Kerkyra Stadium by a 2-0 scoreline. Panetolikos were also victorious 2-0 away to an Atromitos side who is surprisingly struggling to start the season. Sunday’s defeat saw Traianos Dellas become the first managerial casualty of the season as Atromitos sacked the 40-year-old manager after 10 months in charge.  

PAOK rounded off Matchday 4 with a 2-1 victory away to Asteras Tripolis as Efthimios Koulouris scored both goals for the visitors.

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IRAKLIS - OLYMPIACOS

Iraklis 1 - 2 Olympiacos
Perrone 5'

Dominguez (p) 51'
Ideye 75'

Olympiacos overcame a battling Iraklis side, narrowly defeating them 2-1 on Sunday evening. The match at the Kaftantzoglio Stadium saw the home side get off to a dream start. Emmanuel Perone’s 5th minute finish had the Giraios supporters believing in an upset. And until the second half it seemed like it could happen. Olympiacos were controlling the play and creating some chances, but they couldn’t manage a breakthrough.

Lady luck smiled on the visitors though five minutes after the break. A seemingly innocuous cross into the Iraklis penalty area was handled by a falling Lefteris Intzoglou with virtually no Olympiacos players around him.  Tsori Dominguez converted the resulting spot-kick to bring the match back to level terms. 

Iraklis bravely hung on, but in the 73rd minute Olympiacos completed the comeback. A fantastic move by Andre Martins saw him hold onto possession in midfield and slip a fine through ball to Brown Ideye and the Nigerian slotted past Iraklis goalkeeper Huanderson for the 2-1 advantage. Olympiacos saw out the remaining 17 minutes with Intzoglou sent off in injury time due to a second yellow card. 

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

PANATHINAIKOS - PAS GIANNINA

Panathinaikos 4 - 0 PAS Giannina
Berg 38', 76'
Lod 54'
Leto 88'

One play seemingly changed it all on Sunday when Panathinaikos hosted PAS Giannina. PAS goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis handled outside of his box on 22 minutes leaving his team to play down a man for nearly 70 minutes. 

Up until that point, PAS were providing the Prasini with a clear challenge though the red card swung the advantage firmly Panathinaikos’ way. Once again, Markus Berg was superb as he scored twice (38’, 75’) and assisted for teammate Robin Lod (54’). Sebastian Leto scored the final goal of the night in the 88th. 

Not only did PAS have to play with 10 players from the 22nd minute on, the team had to make due with 9 players on 67 minutes as Noe Acosta limped off. Panathinaikos look a different proposition this season and their supporters will be happy with maximum points and the performances in their first two league matches of the season.

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


ASTERAS TRIPOLIS - PAOK

Asteras Tripolis 1 - 2 PAOK
Ioannidis (p) 61'
Kolouris 22', 24'

PAOK continued their winning ways in the new season by defeating Asteras Tripolis away 2-1. The Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium has not been kind to PAOK over the years with 9 defeats in 13 matches. Vladan Ivic’s side however rode the strong performance of Efthimis Kolouris, who scored a quick-fire brace midway through the first half, to gain the victory.

The 20-year-old Greek striker struck first in the 22nd minute pouncing on a defensive mistake in the Asteras box. Then just minutes later, Koulouris took a ball from Garry Rodrigues and finishing from inside the box to make it 2-0.

Matters were made more difficult for Asteras in the 44th as they were reduced to 10 men due to the sending off of Manolis Bertos for a second yellow card. Makis Chavos’ side did manage to produce an inspired performance in the second half. The under-manned side pulled one back from the penalty spot just after the hour. Nikos Ioannidis put away his chance from 12 yards after teammate Walter Iglesias was pulled down by Varela.

Ioannidis had a massive chance to make it 2-2 just minutes later, but just failed to make contact with a dangerous ball across the goalmouth. PAOK finished strongest and could have added to their tally, but the score remained the same and PAOK joined the other Greek heavyweights with six points at the top of the SuperLeague standings.

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


VERIA - AEK

Veria 0 - 2 AEK
Bakasetas 18'
Vargas 87'

AEK secured their first away win in 8 months by defeating Veria 2-0. Tasos Bakasetas was the man for the Kitrinomavri as he scored a goal, created a goal and was superb all night, terrorizing the Veria backline. Bakasetas scored on a free-kick after 20 minutes as AEK were in cruise control as the interval came and went.

Credit to Veria as they tried to claw their way back into the game with an improved 15-minute spell after halftime. And to be fair, Temur Ketsbaia’s AEK were living dangerously for most of the second half as Veria had a couple of good looks. Ronaldo Vargas made it 2-0 just three minutes from time after a backheel assist from Bakasetas. That sealed the deal securing the three points for the Enosi.

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

XANTHI - PANIONIOS

Xanthi 0 - 2 Panionios
Shojaei 5'
Risvanis 16'

Xanthi and Panionios kicked off Matchday 4 action at the Xanthi FC Arena with the visitors coming out on top with a 2-0 win. Panionios continued their promising start to the Greek SuperLeague season by making quick work of Xanthi thanks to two goals in the first 16 minutes. 

Iranian attacker Masoud Sojaei was a thorn in the side of Xanthi all game long and applied the finishing touch after only 5 minutes to put Panionios ahead. A Taxiarchis Fountas corner was met by a Spyros Risvanis header on 16 minutes to give Panionios the 2-0 advantage. 

Xanthi improved in the second half and did threaten with some chances. For the most part, however, Panionios were very comfortable winners as they begin the season with two victories in a row. Razvan Lucescu is already feeling the heat at Xanthi after two successive defeats with supporters voicing their frustration with the club during this match. 

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

ATROMITOS - PANETOLIKOS

Atromitos 0 - 2 Panetolikos
Rodrigues 12'
Warda 90'+3'

Panetolikos scored an important 2-0 win over Atromitos which led to the sacking of the Peristeri side’s manager Traianos Dellas. Portuguese defender Miguel Rodrigues scored barely 12 minutes in to put Panetolikos up 1-0. Atromitos had their chances throughout which included a disallowed goal and a big miss by Anthony Le Tallec from close range. 

Amr Warda made it 2-0 in injury-time after great counter-attacking football by the visitors. Atromitos were pressing for a goal and nearly got it in the dying moments when Dimitri Limnios unleashed a wicked drive from outside the box only to see his effort saved by Dimitri Kyriakidis. A few seconds later, Panetolikos went up the field and found their second goal of the match. The win gives the Agrinio team their first points of the season, while Atromitos begin with two straight losses. 

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

KERKYRA - LARISSA

Kerkyra 2 - 0 Larissa
Thuram 24'
Epstein 39'

Kerkyra bounced back from last week’s reverse to Platanias to secure a routine 2-0 win over Larisa. Viera Ellong Doualla was the man of the match as he scored in the 24th minute to give the Faiakes the early advantage. And it was from Doualla’s superb interception that the second came five minutes before the break. The Equatorial Guinea midfielder won the tackle and then Panagiotis Zorbas delivered a perfect ball for Denis Epstein to make it 2-0. 

Larisa were not at the races and could not muster up any offense to threaten during the second half. With Olympiacos coming to town next weekend, surely Aggelos Anastasiadis will need to find a way to put a spark into his attack. 

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

PLATANIAS - LEVADIAKOS

Platanias 3 - 2 Levadiakos
Manousos 18, 25'
Giakoumakis 34'
Karachalios 38
Giakoumakis 72'

It was a tale of two halves at the Perivolia Stadium with Platanias hanging on to defeat Levadiakos 3-2. What eventually became a five-goal thriller started off with Platanias flying out of the gates in the first half hour. Giorgos Manousos bagged a brace in the opening 26 minutes as Levadiakos were all at sea with their defending.

The 2-0 advantage became 3-0 in the 34th minute as Giorgos Giakoumakis scored once again for the Chania side. Levadiakos did respond before the half as Jackson Mendy played a great ball through for Zisis Karahalios to pull back a goal for the visitors. 

Still, with a two-goal advantage and a 72-28% first half possession advantage, it looked clear sailing for Platanias heading into the break. Levadiakos to their credit came out with purpose in the second half and eventually made it 3-2 in the 72nd with Petros Giakoumakis. Platanias survived a couple of late scares to hold on. 

*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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