Heavyweights Fall In Weekend Of Upsets (Matchday 6 Recap)
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 6
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|30-Sep-17||Platanias||0 - 3||Panetolikos|
|30-Sep-17||Panathinaikos||2 - 0||PAS Giannina|
|30-Sep-17||Larissa||1 - 1||PAOK|
|1-Oct-17||Olympiacos||0 - 1||Atromitos|
|1-Oct-17||Kerkyra||0 - 2||Xanthi|
|1-Oct-17||Levadiakos||2 - 1||Apollon Smyrnis|
|1-Oct-17||Asteras Tripolis||2 - 0||AEK|
|2-Oct-17||Lamia||1 - 0||Panionios|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 6 action in the Greek SuperLeague. For all the latest fixtures and result visit here. For the the up to date Supereague standings visit here.
AEK, Panionios, and Olympiacos went down to disappointing defeats this weekend in Matchday 6 action of the Greek Super League. PAOK also dropped points in a weekend of surprise outcomes. The results suggest this a league that will not be decided until much later in the season meaning a bona fide title race has a real chance of developing this season.
AEK were well beaten away 2-0 to Asteras Tripolis as Juan Munafo and Michalis Manias bagged the goals that gave the home team their first win of the season.
Olympiacos were just as clearly beaten by Atromitos 1-0 at home in Sunday’s early kick-off. Atromitos needing a 60th minute goal by Kyriakos Kivrakidis to claim a big win against the defending champions, who lose their second match in a row.
PAOK were stunned away at the AEL FC Arena as Larisa scored a late leveller in 1-1 draw. Leo Matos’ goal right before the break seemed to send PAOK on their way to victory, but Sandi Krizman’s strike a minute from full-time gave Larisa a share of the spoils.
Panionios threw away a golden opportunity to go top of the table as they went down 1-0 to newly-promoted Lamia. A Marko Blazic goal twelve minutes from time gave Lamia the victory in a hard-fought affair that yielded over 40 fouls and several yellow cards and one red (for Panionios after the goal).
Panathinaikos picked up a much-needed win as they down PAS Giannina 2-0 at home. The Prasini used two goals inside the first 15 minutes from Oscar Hiljemark and Guillermo Molins to seal the win.
Levadiakos scored two late goals to come back and defeat Apollon Smyrni. Tasos Papazoglou’s effort from close range had given the visiting side an early lead. Levadiakos’ fightback began in the 83rd minute as Brandao converted a penalty-kick. In injury-time, sub Petros Giakoumakis completed the turnaround with a 92nd-minute winner.
Panetolikos used a brace from Jorge Diaz and another goal from Farley Rosa to win in impressive fashion away to Platanias 3-0. Xanthi also won away from home as they defeated Kerkyra 2-0. Alfredo Mejia and Salimo Sylla scoring second-half goals to lead their team to the three points.
Matchday MVP - Jorge Diaz (Panetolikos)
The Uruguayan was at the center of Panetolikos’ big 3-0 win over Platanias. His brace helped Panetolikos to their second consecutive win as they move up the table 8th place after a slow start to the season. Diaz was heavily involved in the team’s build-up play throughout this match and showed superb mobility and finishing ability which will have Panetolikos excited for things to come from the diminutive 28-year-old.
Goal of the Matchday - Petros Giakoumakis (Levadiakos)
The 69th minute substitute came off the bench to fire home a delightful winner for the home team as Levadiakos came from behind to defeat Apollon Smyrnis 2-1. The 25-year-old scored a fantastic goal as he received the ball on the left side of the area and sent a vicious, dipping drive with his left foot into the far corner of the goal. It was a goal worthy of winning any matches from the Crete-born striker.
Save of the Matchday - Zivko Zivkovic (Xanthi)
The Serbian goalkeeper helped earn his team a 2-0 victory away to Kerkyra with some truly stunning stops. The best of the lot came in the 77th minute. Kerkyra forward Giorgos Palmidis took a chipped pass into the box with a first-time volley from 10 yards out, but Zivkovic pulled off a wonder save as he used some great reactions to block the ball from what appeared to be a certain goal.
Play of the Matchday - Larisa
Larisa haven’t had much to get excited about this season, but there was some joy to be had in the latter stages of Saturday’s home match versus PAOK. Looking as though they would be heading for another defeat, the team pulled off a fine move in the dying minutes to score an equalizer that hadn’t appeared likely. A long ball down field saw Pavol Farkas gain possession outside the PAOK box. The Slovakian produced a nice piece of skill to evade a defender before sliding a perfect pass through to striker Sandi Krizman. The Croatian attacker took control in the box and sent a looping shot into the net to give Larisa a precious point.
Team Performance of the Matchday - Atromitos
The Peristeri side may have been as spectacular with their display, however it was a committed performance and a victory where few teams get one. Going to the Karaiskakis against Olympiacos over the last few seasons means most midtable sides go back home in defeat. Atromitos took advantage of Olympiacos’ poor run of form, but more than that they also set themselves up in perfect counter-attacking mode. Their reward was a deserved win that keeps them undefeated on the season and up to 4th in the Greek Super League.
Surprise of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis
High-flying AEK against a winless Asteras side, the result seemed to be a foregone conclusion heading into Sunday’s game. However, Asteras produced a fine display to silence their critics and get their season back on track. Even though AEK has extra impetus to win after Olympiacos lost earlier that day, the Kitrinomavri could not get going against an Asteras side who created plenty of chances with their slick, counter-attacking style.
Disappointment of the Matchday - AEK/Olympiacos
AEK could have gone up eight points on Olympiacos with a victory in Tripoli, but saw themselves come crashing back down to earth after a positive start to the season. Manolo Jimenez rotated some of the squad and the result was a disjointed performance that saw AEK lose their first of the season. Olympiacos meanwhile continued their wretched run of late. Takis Lemonis must have realized the enormity of the rebuilding he must do as he saw team slump to a 1-0 home defeat to Atromitos.