-- Two Goals...Two Injuries --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 20
|Olympiacos||2 - 0||Larissa|
An electric start with two goals in the first nine minutes of their SuperLeague Matchday 20 clash with Larissa at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium ensured Olympiacos secured a comfortable 2-0 win which maintained their 13-point lead at the summit. Ideye and Elyounoussi left the match with injuries, something that will worry Paulo Bento in light of their Europa League clash with Osmanlispor and derby with AEK next week.
Brazilian midfielder Seba instigated the home side’s opening goal in the very first minute of the match, dribbling past Nikos Golias before crossing for Greece Under-19 international midfielder Thanasis Androutsos to tap the ball gleefully home. The goal was scored after 14 seconds of play, the second quickest goal in the club’s history.
If that goal was a sucker punch for the visitors, then worse was quick to follow. First, Larissa missed a golden opportunity to level the match in the eighth minute when Cyprus midfielder Andreas Avraam was sent clear, only to be denied by home keeper Stefanos Kapino.
Just a minute later, the Vissini were 2-0 down when Olympiacos midfielder Kostas Fortounis’ cross found its way to Brown Ideye who did not need a second invitation to score from close range.
It was game over from then on, and indeed the visitors were lucky to escape with just a 2-0 scoreline with the home side having 15 goal attempts even before half-time.
In the end it was a routine victory for Paulo Bento’s team, who now turn their attention to Thursday’s upcoming UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg clash with Osmanlispor in Piraeus. Unfortunately for the Erythrolefki, both Brown Ideye and Tarik Elyounoussi left the game with injuries and could miss Thursday’s clash.