AEK Suffer Slip Up At Tripolis
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 6
|Asteras Tripolis||2 - 0||AEK|
AEK Athens missed out on the chance to extend their lead at the top of the SuperLeague when they were soundly beaten 2-0 by Asteras Tripolis in Sunday’s late Matchday 6 contest.
Goals from Anastasios Douvikas and Michalis Manias saw Asteras claim the three points against a disappointing AEK team who went into the match with a one-point lead over second-placed PAOK.
Following Olympiacos’ shock 1-0 home defeat by Aromitos earlier in the afternoon, the onus was also on Manolo Jimemez’s team to capitalize and extend their five-point lead to eight points over the reigning champions with a win.
But the Kitrinomavri failed to deliver in spectacular fashion as an energetic and well-drilled Asteras claimed a famous scalp as well as their first win of the season.
After a poor first-half laden with mistakes from both sides, two minutes after half-time Tripolis went ahead, and it was thanks to a bit of magic from Greek forward Anastasios Douvikas.
Douvikas turned AEK’s Brazilian defender Vinícius inside out before squaring the ball across goal for Argentine midfielder Juan Munafo to slot the ball home past AEK goalkeeper Panagiotis Tsintotas with ease.
The hosts almost doubled the lead four minutes later but Eugenio Isnaldo was denied by the post.
AEK pushed forward in search of an equalizer but they struggled to find a way through the home side’s well-drilled rearguard with no clear scoring chances created.
Tripolis then capped a fine performance and a poor night for AEK by making it 2-0 on the counter attack with nine minutes left, Manias racing clear before finishing clinically past a statuesque Tsintontas.
The result means that third-placed Panionios, who have 11 points, can move above AEK, who have 13 points – and into top spot if they can defeat Lamia away on Monday.