AEK eclipse Levadiakos to return to SuperLeague summit
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 13
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AEK reclaimed top spot in the SuperLeague in Sunday’s late match after the Kitrinomavri flexed their muscles to clinch a well-deserved 2-0 away win over Levadiakos.
Goals from Marko Livaja and Sergio Araujo proved the difference between the two teams in Livadeia as Manolo Jimenez’s AEK side claimed three points which saw them leapfrog Olympiacos and retake the leadership of the table with 27 points.
AEK are one point clear of Olympiacos, while third-placed PAOK are just a further point behind. Atromitos, who are fourth a further four points adrift, face bottom club Platanias on Monday.
The win was another important one for AEK, who needed to respond to positive results by both Olympiacos and PAOK, while it marked the first game a much-improved Levadiakos have lost at their home ground this season.
Jose Anigo’s team, who are used to struggling at the wrong end of the table, had enjoyed a promising start to the season. But after climbing as high as sixth, they are now in freefall having lost three matches in a row and have slipped to 11th place with 15 points.
It was only ever a matter of when AEK would score the crucial goals to win this matchday 13 clash, and the Kitronomavri broke the back of the match in the 52nd minute, when a neat exchange of passes between Araujo and Livaja ended with the Croatian striker scoring with a smart finish.
The visitors then wrapped things up six minutes after the hour mark and they had goalkeeper Panagiotis Tsintotas to thank for some quick thinking. The 24-year-old custodian’s quick clearance picked out Livaja up front, but when the Croatian failed to beat Levadiakos keeper Devis Epassy, Araujo was on hand to fire home.
Tasos Bakasetas almost made it 3-0 in the last minute but the Greece midfielder’s shot cannoned back off the post.