Defiant PAOK stun Atromitos in Peristeri
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 26
|Atromitos||0 - 2||PAOK|
PAOK showed they intend to fight for the SuperLeague title to the bitter end on Saturday after securing an impressive 2-0 away win at high-flying Atromitos as matches resumed following a two-week suspension, while Panaitolikos ran out 1-0 winners against 10-man PAS Giannina in Agrinio.
Razvan Lucescu’s men may have been deducted five points for owner Ivan Savvidis’ recent gun-toting offence in the ill-fated derby against AEK, but on the pitch today in Peristeri the men from Salonica were worthy winners thanks to goals from Djalma Campos and Jose Angel Crespo.
The result means PAOK move temporarily top of the table with 55 points, one point ahead of AEK, who entertain Panathinaikos at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. It must be noted that the official table does not yet take into the -3 point penalty PAOK received last week until their appeal is complete - which should be within next week.
It was not all plain sailing for PAOK against Damir Canadi’s talented Atromitos, who are still in fourth place on 47 points. In fact it was the home side who began brightly, having claims for a third-minute penalty turned down when Bruno looked to have been impeded by Stelios Malezas.
Then three minutes later the hosts missed a double chance to score with Brazilian midfielder Madsen and Theodoros Vasilakakis going close.
Atromitos’ tempo then dropped and they were made to pay dearly for those early squandered chances when Campos clipped home a neat finish in the 36th minute after good work between Dimitris Pelkas and Vierinha.
Just as they did in the first half, Atromitos started better in the early stages of the second period, but they again failed to take advantage of a couple of good opportunities, and in the 56th minute they were punished.
Greece international midfielder Pelkas received the ball from a corner before picking out Crespo who finished from close-range to seal the three points.
|Panetolikos||1 - 0||PAS Giannina|
Meanwhile in Agrinio, home side Panaitolikos beat 10-man PAS Giannina 1-0 in a mid-treble “derby” clash thanks to a solitary goal from Marcus Paulo after 14 minutes.
PAS huffed and puffed as they searched for an equaliser but any hopes of drawing level went out of the window in the 53rd minute after Alexis Apostolopoulos was sent off.