Fortounis favors the brave as Olympiacos beat Lamia
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 2
|Lamia||0 - 1||Olympiacos|
|Fortounis (P) 29'
Olympiacos maintained their 100 per cent start to the new SuperLeague season with a nervy 1-0 away win over Lamia on Saturday in a closely-contested Matchday 2 encounter which saw the reigning champions reduced to 10 men late in the second half.
Kostas Fortounis scored what proved to be the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after 29 minutes, following a foul by Lamia defender Anestis Anastasiadis on Olympiacos’ Colombia forward Felipe Pardo.
It was one of few moments of quality on the night in a match where the home side made life extremely difficult for their illustrious visitors, who were wearing an unfamiliar orange change kit, for long spells.
Besnik Hasi’s Olympiacos team went into the match on a high following their qualification for the Champions League in midweek, and everything was going according to plan when Greece forward Fortounis slotted home from the penalty spot.
But top flight newcomers Lamia, who earned a creditable goalless draw in their opening match against Xanthi last week, were undaunted, trying to surge forward whenever possible.
And after one such foray forward the home side almost equalized but when presented with the opportunity to score, Lamia’s Ivory Coast forward Patrick Vouho hit Stefanos Kapinos’ right post with a header following a great cross by Athanasios Panteliadis.
Olympiacos composed themselves after that minor shock, however, at managed to keep Lamia at arm’s length.
The home side gained a glimmer of hope when Olympiacos had Croatian defender Hrvoje Milić sent off for collecting a second yellow card with 20 minutes to play, but the Red and Whites held firm to keep hold of another three-point haul.