PAOK With Big Derby Win; AEK Closer To Playoffs; Veria Go Down (Matchday 28 Recap)

PAOK With Big Derby Win; AEK Closer To Playoffs; Veria Go Down
(Matchday 28 Recap)


Matchday 28 of the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague did not happen to crown a champion, but it did throw up some interesting results as the playoff and relegation battles became clearer.

The biggest news of the weekend was perhaps the fact that Veria was confirmed as the first team to be relegated after their 1-0 defeat away to Panetolikos.

Leaders Olympiacos had an opportunity to win the title with three points at Levadiakos, however Takis Lemonis’ side could only muster a 1-1 draw. That leaves the league leaders needing one point from their final two matches to win their 7th straight league title. The draw left Levadiakos occupying the other relegation place as they are now two points from safety with two matches to go.

PAOK strolled to a 3-0 derby win over Panathinaikos with all three goals coming in a 20-minute first half spell. AEK took their most decisive step yet toward a playoff berth by thrashing Kerkyra 5-0 and taking advantage of Xanthi only drawing 0-0 at Asteras Tripolis.

Iraklis produced another crucial win as they defeated PAS Giannina 2-1 away from home. That win brings Savvas Pantelidis’ team out of the relegation zone. Larisa are still relegation possibilities after their 0-0 draw at Atromitos.

Finally, Panionios clinched a spot in the playoffs as they came back from a goal down to draw at home against Platanias.

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PAOK 3 - 0 Panathinaikos
Henrique 18'
Leovac 27'
35' Skakhov

PAOK turned a so-called derby into a walk in the park at Toumba with a 3-0 thumping of Panathinaikos. Marinos Ouzounidis opted to ring the changes for this match with an upcoming Greek Cup game against PAOK this midweek. His decision backfired mightily as PAOK produced a rip-roaring 20-minute first-half spell to easily overcome their opponents.

It was even start in Thessaloniki, but PAOK took the lead inside 20 minutes. An errant clearance from the Panathinaikos defense saw Pedro Henrique pick up the ball and shoot from inside the area to beat Luke Steele for the 1-0 advantage. Yevhen Shakhov’s super pass found Amr Warda nine minutes later and the Egyptian midfielder played the ball to an open Marin Leovac for the 2-0 lead. 

Toumba exploded once again less than 10 minutes later. This time it was Shakhov the recipient of a Leo Matos pass who scored from close range. Panathinaikos looked stunned as PAOK rode the momentum.

Steele produced a series of fine saves before the half to keep the score to a semi-respectable level. PAOK continued his heroics in the second half when the English goalkeeper managed more fine stops from the likes of Matos and Stefanos Athanasiadis. 

The scoreline remained unchanged as PAOK took control of 2nd place in the league with two matches to play.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Levadiakos 1 - 1 Olympiacos
Vasiliou 43' Cardozo 89'

Olympiacos were made to wait at least one more Matchday before claiming the title as they could only muster a 1-1 draw away to Levadiakos. The result may not have been what Takis Lemonis’ side wanted, however the draw left Olympiacos needing only a point from their final two matches to secure their 7th straight league title. The point is a credible one for Levadiakos, though it leaves the team closer to the drop thanks to other results not going their way.

The home side began brightly and had an early chance with Chumbinho before Loosemy Karaboue missed a one-on-one. It took Olympiacos time to get into the contest. Chori Dominguez had the team’s best chance of the first half with a rocket that was saved on 34 minutes. The breakthrough for Levadiakos came just before the break as Stelios Vasiliou pounced on a ricochet after a comedy of errors from Olympiacos at the back.

Lemonis who made nine changes to the line-up from the Kerkyra match, made all the substitutions in this match by the 55th minute. The introduction of Marko Marin in particular helped Olympiacos improve though Levadiakos were still dangerous. The visitors were on top throughout the second half, but could not score. An equalizer finally came though just before full-time with Oscar Cardozo tapping in from close range after Andreas Bouchalakis found Seba who crossed for the Paraguayan.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


AEK 5 - 0 Kerkyra
Bakasetas 23', 54'
Pekhart 39', 70'
Vila 42'

Braces from Tasos Bakasetas and Tomas Pekhart saw AEK completely dismantle poor Kerkyra 5-0 at the Olympic Stadium. The victory, combined with Xanthi’s draw at Asteras Tripolis, means Manolo Jimenez’s AEK has just about clinched the final playoff place.

Bakasetas opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after a fine pass from Ronald Vargas. About 15 minutes later, Tomas Pekhart made it 2-0 after Rodrigo Galo’s assist. Just before the half, Didac Vila made it 3-0 as AEK showed how eager they were to kill off the contest.

A superb team move saw the score go to 4-0 in the 54th with Bakasetas again popping up to score. 20 minutes from time and Pekhart rounding off the scoring with a header after Vargas delivery. 

AEK took their foot off the gas by that point with an eye on their Greek Cup Semifinal against Olympiacos coming up on Thursday. Kerkyra meanwhile continue their abysmal form with the heavy defeat. Michalis Grigioriou’s players have lost all four of their most recent SuperLeague matches, conceding 17 goals in that spell while not scoring a single goal.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


PAS Giannina 1 - 2 Iraklis
Vidal 83'

Baskatos 11'
Donis 47'

Iraklis continued to defy the odds with another priceless win at PAS Giannina 2-1. It was yet another fantastic display from Savvas Pantelidis’ side as they took a gigantic step in avoiding relegation.

The visiting team appeared to be on a mission from the start. After having an early penalty shout, Iraklis wasted no time in taking the lead. Eleven minutes in, Michalis Bastakos unleashing a vicious drive from outside the box that found the back of the net to give Iraklis the lead. PAS were unable to manufacture chances as Iraklis controlled the proceedings going into the break.

The Thessaloniki club struck immediately after halftime as Christos Donis, completed unmarked on a Bastakos corner, converted from short range for the 2-0 lead. Giannis Petrakis’ men finally raised their standard after that deficit and tried to fight their way back into the match. After some warning signs levied against the Iraklis backline, PAS reduced the advantage to one in the 83rd minute with Higor Vidal’s goal. The home team pushed hard for the equalizer and came within inches of grabbing one when Nikos Korovesis’ effort went agonizingly wide.

Iraklis held on to go to 25 points with the win, now two clear from Levadiakos and safety. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Panetolikos 1 - 0 Veria
Rosa 16'

Veria were officially relegated on Sunday with their 1-0 defeat to Panetolikos. While Veria looked an improved outfit in recent weeks, this was one bridge too far for the club, as they had previously dug themselves too big a hole to come out of. 

Farley Rosa’s 15th minute goal was superb in its quality and deserved for a Panetolikos side who began the match positively despite the fact that are left with no real race to play for. Veria attempted to fight back in the second half. Pantelis Kapetanos was ever-present as he attempted to bring his side back into the contest. In fact, it was Panetolikos with the best chances of the second 45 minutes when Fabian Munoz was denied brilliantly by Giorgos Kantimiris.

The result stayed and confirmed that Ratko Dostanic’s team would go down as mathematically they cannot win even a three-way for 14th.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Panioinos 1 - 1 Platanias
Ben (p) 65' Giakoumakis 10'

Panionios came back to earn a 1-1 draw with visiting Platanias. The draw was enough for Panionios to clinch a spot in playoffs. 

It was the away team though that really looked good at the start. After 11 minutes, Giorgos Paraschos’ team were in the lead as Giorgos Giakoumakis completed a well-worked team move to give Platanias the 1-0 lead.

Panionios could not break down a packed midfield and concerted Platanias effort to defend properly. The frustrations lasted into the second half. Panionios struggled to break down an organized  Panionios defensive effort. 

The on 65 minutes the home side received a penalty-kick for a handball as Ben stepped up to score and bring the match to 1-1. Panionios were in search of a winner, but ultimately that never came. Paraschos did a fine job in shifting his team and also his tactics and substitutions. That defensive solidity kept the score to 1-1. The result might be slightly disappointing for Vladan Milojevic and company, but a playoff berth was always their main goal and they have now clinched at least 5th position.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Asteras Tripolis 0 - 0 Xanthi

Xanthi saw their playoff hopes dashed as they could only manage a 0-0 draw at Asteras Tripolis. The point was a welcomed one for Staikos Vergetis’ team as it brings them a step closer to preserving their top-flight status.

It wasn’t the best match in Tripoli as both sides wanted the result, but were unable to create many clear-cut chances. Pablo Mazza’s header on 23 minutes was the best chance of the half for Asteras, while Xanthi had real trouble creating anything noteworthy.

The second half saw little entertainment value as well. Xanthi were able to threaten a little bit more with their best chance in the 65th minute which saw Theodoros Vasilakakis thwarted by Giorgos Athanasiadis.

Mazza had a couple more opportunities in Asteras’ best moments as the match drew to a close. No breakthrough for either side saw the 0-0 remain. Xanthi now go five points behind AEK meaning that the playoffs are still mathematically possible, but only just due to this result.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Atromitos 0 - 0 Larissa

Larisa secured a point away to Atromitos in a 0-0 draw on Sunday. However, that draw does not clear up Larisa’s relegation struggles as they are now only two points above the drop zone due to Iraklis winning and Levadiakos also picking up a point against Olympiacos.

At Peristeri, this match easily became a candidate for worst of the season in the SuperLeague. Atromitos had no real motivation to chase the win, while Larisa were the better side and expended effort, but were unable to manufacture anything throughout the course of the match.

The only real chance in the game came two minutes into injury time when Adnan Aganovic’s free-kick was turned away by Andrey Harbunow. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...

by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at
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