-- The Winning and Possible Last Goal for Milivojevic --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 18
|Veria||1 - 2||Olympiacos|
Goals from Kostas Fortounis and captain Luka Milivojevic helped the Erythrolefki record a hard-fought victory over Veria in Sunday’s late kick-off which puts the runaway SuperLeague leaders and reigning champions even further out of sight.
Paul Bento’s team were again unconvincing - especially at the back which will worry the Portuguese ahead of the UEFA Europa League knockout stage which kicks off next month - but the Piraeus giants still look nailed on favourites to claim a 44th league title after opening up a 13-point gap ahead of the chasing pack.
Greece midfielder Fortounis opened the scoring in the 11th minute, heading home a cross from Seba after great work by the Brazilian down the right flank.
Veria did not let the goal dampen their efforts, and the Queen of the North frequently exposed the visitors’ creaking rearguard on several occasions before finally drawing level in the 24th minute.
Dutchman Jeffrey Sarpong was the man on target for the determined hosts, breaking clear to shoot past a hapless Stefano Kapino who could do little to prevent the goal.
Thankfully for Olympiacos, the hosts’ defenders suffered a lapse in concentration 10 minutes before half-time which allowed Milivojevic to head home a cross from ex-Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin which put the visitors back in control. According to reports, Milivojevic could quite possibly be making a move to the Premier League before the transfer window closes on January 31st and today’s goal could be his last for Olympiacos.
Still Veria came back in the second half and Kapino had to make several stops, before the home side were then left fuming from a poor offside decision by the assistant referee when Spanish midfielder Toni Calvo was sent clean through on goal.
The visitors held onto the 1-2 victory to increase their lead to 13 points atop the Superleague standings while Veria drop back into the relegation zone.