PAOK edge out Panetolikos
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 3
|PAOK||1 - 0||Panetolikos|
PAOK moved to the top of the SuperLeague on Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 home win over Panaitolikos at the Toumba, while there was a shock for Skoda Xanthi who lost 1-0 at surprise high flyers Levadiakos.
In Thessaloniki Razvan Lucescu’s PAOK needed a late strike from Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic 15 minutes from full-time to seal the three points which saw them rise above early season pacesetters AEK, Olympiacos and Panionios.
PAOK are unlikely to remain at the summit for more than a couple of hours, however, with Olympiacos hosting Asteras Tripolis in Matchday 4’s Saturday night late match, while AEK and Panionios are in action tomorrow.
PAOK had struggled to create much in the way of scoring opportunities in a lifeless first half, and it wasn’t until the 61ST minute until the hosts seriously threatened when Panaitolikos defender cleared a Dimitris Pelkas shot off the line after a goalmouth scramble.
The home side managed to get the vital breakthrough shortly after, though, thanks largely to a neat piece of play from Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Gojko Cimirot.
He picked out Prijovic’s run into the opposing penalty area with a precise cross, and Prijovic scored with a powerful header.
XANTHI SUNK BY LEVADIAKOS
|Levadiakos||1 - 0||Xanthi|
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Levadiakos’ surprisingly impressive start to the new SuperLeague season continued on Saturday when the team from Livadeia beat Skoda Xanthi 1-0, a result which moved Jose Anigo’s team up to fourth spot ahead of Sunday’s matches.
Brazilian forward Brandão scored the only goal of a tight contest from the penalty spot after just three minutes played, the spot-kick awarded after Xanthi defender Dimos Baxevanidis was adjudged to have handled the ball.
It was a questionable call by the match official as the Xanthi captain clearly had his back to play when Giannis Zaradoukas’ cross hit his arm.
If that had annoyed the Xanthi camp, then they were fuming mid-way through the half when Mohamed Youssouf scored what appeared a legitimate goal which was ruled offside.
Despite late Xanthi pressure the home side held on or their first three-point haul of the campaign and they also remain unbeaten after four matches.