Panionios Becomes Berg’s Latest Victim
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 27
|Panathinaikos||1 - 0||Panionios|
|Berg (p) 74'|
Marcus Berg struck again to score only goal of the game as Panathinaikos wrecked Panionios’ SuperLeague title ambitions by beating the Panthers 1-0 at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium in Thursday's Matchday 27 showdown.
The result effectively leaves Panionios nine points behind Olympiacos with three matches to go, virtually ending their hopes of winning what would have been a first-ever league title in the Nea Smyrni club’s history.
Sweden striker Berg, who has been in sensational form in 2017, scored his 21st league goal of the campaign from the penalty spot after 74 minutes to decide a closely contested match.
Berg showed composure to slot the ball home from 12 yards after Sebastian Leto had won the spot-kick in somewhat controversial circumstances as there was minimal contact from Panionios’ young left-back Christos Tasoulis.
The Greens showed attacking intent from the start of this crucial match which Panionios needed to win to move to within six points of leaders Olympiacos. Lucas Villafanez struck the post with a powerful drive in the first half, while Berg proved a handful all evening for the hard-working Panionios defence.
Uncharacteristically, the visitors failed to create much in the way of clear scoring chances, however, and Panathinaikos held on to claim three points which actually moved them above Panionios into third spot, with PAOK in second eight points behind Olympiacos.