Xanthi Victorious in Playoff Derby
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 23
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Xanthi’s prolific striker Hamza Younes struck his 14th goal of the season to secure all three points for his side in this clash between two of the SuperLeague’s playoff contenders.
The Tunisian forward headed home in the 38th minute for Razvan Lucescu’s side, who then had their goalkeeper Zivko Zivković to thank as a Platanias team who have been in impressive form in recent weeks peppered the home goal.
Had it not been for the acrobatics of Zivković in the second half, the home side would surely not have come away with three points, with the Serbian custodian responsible for a string of fine saves as Platanias pressed for an equaliser.
It was Xanthi, however, who came closest to scoring again though when Panagiotis Triadis hit the woodwork four minutes after the hour mark.
Xanthi now sit in the final playoff spot (5th) three points ahead of AEK, who play away to Panionios tomorrow while Platanias are seventh, four points behind Xanthi.