Panathinaikos suffer first league home loss in 413 days
Over the weekend, Panathinaikos tasted their first home defeat in the Greek Superleague in over a year after Panionios defeated the Trifylli 0:1.
Although Panathinaikos have yet to celebrate victory on the road in this year’s Greek Superleague, the Prasini have had an impressive record when playing at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. However, on Sunday, Panionios escaped the Leoforos with a 0:1 victory to end Panathinaikos’ 413-day unbeaten home streak in league play, while handing Ouzounidis his first league home loss since taking over the club last season. The last time Panathinaikos tasted defeat at home in the Greek Superleague was back on October 16, 2016 in a 1:2 loss to Xanthi.
Since then, Panathinaikos have gone 20 home matches unbeaten in league play with 29 goals scored and only three conceded. Not included in this streak is Panathinaikos’ 0:3 forfeit to PAOK in last year’s Superleague playoffs where PAOK were awarded victory after a fan threw a beer can at PAOK coach Vladan Ivic, sending him to the hospital. The match was then abandoned and awarded to PAOK.
Panathinaikos are currently in a slump and have not celebrated victory in four games in all competitions. The Athenian club have suffered one defeat (Asteras Tripolis) while drawing AEK, Atromitos, and Panachaiki (Cup) in that time-span. Panathinaikos’ 4-game winless slump is their first since 2015.
As for the Nea Smyrniotes...Panionios’ win marked their first over Panathinaikos on the road since 2001 when the Kyanerythri defeated the Prasini with a 0:1 scoreline thanks to a late goal from Zizi Roberts.