Greens impressive “kids” continue 100% start
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 2
|Panathinaikos||3 - 1||Lamia|
Kourbelis (P) 88'
Panathinaikos’ youthful, new-look team continued their impressive start to the new SuperLeague season with a 3-1 home win over Lamia on Saturday - their second win in succession - a feat which means Giorgos Donis’ side have already made up for the six-point deduction they started the season with.
Twenty-year-old striker Giannis Bouzoukis scored for the second week running to get the breakthrough at the Olympic stadium, with 17-year-old forward Dimitrios Emmanouilidis and skipper Dimitris Kourbelis also on target from the penalty spot.
Daniel Adejo was the goalscorer for Babis Tennes’ Lamia, who have yet to pick up a point in their opening two matches.
Tonight was all about finding out if Donis’ youthful team, which is made up of a core of Greek players due to the transfer restrictions placed on the cash-strapped Greens, and the answer was an emphatic one.
In the club’s first home match played at the Olympic Stadium after the Trifylli decided to move from their Leoforos home, Donis’ players began brightly, and their early enterprising play yielded the opening goal after 15 minutes, when Bouzoukis netted with a long-range effort which deflected off Lamia defender Anestis Anastasiadis before beating Nikos Melissas.
Adejo levelled matters on 36 minutes, and Lamia began to get a foothold in the match at that point.
But Panathinaikos, whose average age of player in the starting line-up was 24.6, stepped up a gear again in the second half, and once Emmanouilidis side-footed home after being teed up by Argyris Kampetsis with 20 minutes left, Lamia collapsed and there was only ever going to be one winner.
The Greens got the third goal their pressure deserved from the penalty spot two minutes from full-time when Kourbelis slotted home after 21-year-old winger Tasos Chatzigiovanis was fouled in the box by Lamia goalscorer Adejo.
HIGHLIGHTS: PANATHINAIKOS - LAMIA