Panathinaikos see off Lamia and eye top five spot
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 23
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Panathinaikos beat Lamia 2-0 on Saturday night to clinch a second successive SuperLeague victory which helped the improving Greens surge up to sixth place in the standings.
Marinos Ouzounidis’ team, who are enduring a troubled campaign with financial problems and inconsistent form, gave their fans some cheer with another positive performance, winning at their Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium comfortably thanks to goals from Anthony Mounier an Emanuel Insua.
After a dull opening 45 minutes which featured poor passing and very little in the way of scoring chances, Panathinaikos came out for the second half eager to assert their authority, and within three minutes of the restart they took the lead.
French winger Mounier worked himself some space inside the penalty area after a good spell of pressure from the home side, and the 30-year-old produced a clinical side-footed finish to beat Lamia goalkeeper Nikos Melissas.
The goal gave a lift to the home fans and players, and the continued to pour forward in search of more goals.
Another duly came four minutes after the hour mark and it was a special one from Argentine defender Insua. The 26-year-old from Buenos Aires changed direction skillfully with a cheeky backheel before sending a superb curling shot with the outside of his left foot past a hapless Melissa to spark wild celebrations among the home fans.
It was another deserved three-point haul picked up by a Panathinaikos team who are finally showing signs of life after the early and mid-season struggles they have faced due to off-field problems.
The victory sent Ouzounidis’ men up to sixth in the table with 30 points, and they are just two points adrift of fifth-placed Panionios. Leaders PAOK are a huge 22 points ahead of the Greens, however - a clear sign of the poor form the Tryfili have experienced this season.