Greens in downward spiral…
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 5
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Panathinaikos looked an empty shell of themselves as they suffered an embarrassing 2-0 loss at Panaitolikos on Saturday in a one-sided Matchday 5 contest in Agrinio.
Marinos Ouzounidis’ job as coach could well be on the line after the Greens were sent back to Athens with zero points courtesy of goals from Argentine midfielder Franco Mazurek and Mozambique forward Clésio.
Had it not been for Panathinaikos goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, however, the scoreline could – and should – have been much more humiliating for a totally disjointed Trifili, who looked a ghost of the team the impressed sporadically in wins over Veria and Larissa in their last two games.
Following on from the sensational news in mid-week that owner Gianis Alafouzos is going to leave the club, the team’s beleaguered fans were in need of a morale boost.
What they got was the exact opposite. With Swedish midfielder Oscar Hiljemark and his defender countryman Mattias Johansson looking particularly vulnerable, Panathinaikos were all over the place and it came as no surprise when Mazurek opened the scoring after nine minutes.
The excellent Farley Rosa easily evaded Hiljemark and served up a neat assist for Mazurek to power the home side into the lead after Panathinaikos had actually started confidently.
It was all downhill or the Greens from then on, with Vlachodimos called upon time and again to make save after save.
The second half also belonged to Makis Haviou’s Panaitolikos team, who completed one of their best ever victories with Clesio’s 65th-minute goal.
There was no way back for Panathinaikos, whose miserable night was compounded with an injury to Argentine striker Andres Chavez. If it doesn’t rain, it pours for Panathinaikos.