Nine-man Panathinaikos beat Larissa with late show

Nine-man Panathinaikos beat Larissa with late show


Panathinaikos 2 - 1 Larissa
Villafanez (P) 50'
Hiljemark 90'+3'

Perrone 78'

Panathinaikos pulled off a thrilling late 2-1 win over strugglers Larissa on Monday at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium in a match which saw the undisciplined Greens reduced to nine players.

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Marinos Ouzounidis’ side looked to be cruising to a straightforward and much-needed 1-0 win in this Matchday 7 clash in Athens after Lucas Villafanez scored from the penalty spot five minutes after half-time.

But Larissa’s Argentine forward Emanuel Perrone levelled the scores with a looping header from a Leozinho free-kick after the hosts had Yacouba Sylla sent off for a second yellow card.

Panathinaikos still looked capable of winning the match but it seemed their hopes of scoring a winner went out the window in the 79th minute when their numerical disadvantage worsened following the sending off of striker Omri Altman.

The Israeli showed ill-discipline in needlessly striking out a stray boot at Larissa defender Miloš Deletić, and was rightly dismissed with a straight red card.

But there was a welcome slice of fortune for the Greens in the third minute of added time as Swedish midfielder Oscar Hiljemark’s left-wing cross flew over everyone in the box and surprised Larissa goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic landing into the net behind his flailing dive.

The result moved Panathinaikos up to eighth place with nine points and six points behind SuperLeague leaders PAOK.

by Graham Wood
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