Platanias hit rock-bottom after Lamia loss
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 9
|Lamia||2 - 0||Platanias|
Lamia sent Platanias to the foot of the SuperLeague table on Sunday with a deserved 2-0 home victory over the Cretan club in this hard-fought Matchday 9 clash at the Lamia Municipal Stadium, while strugglers Apollon Smyrnis salvaged a 1-1 draw at Panaitolikos.
A double from on-loan AEK Athens defender Stavros Vasilantonopoulos (50, 90+3) clinched a great win for the home side, who showed steely determination at the back and clinical finishing when it mattered.
The match might have turned out different had Platanias’ Spanish midfielder Didac Devesa found the back of the net instead of the woodwork just before half-time when the scores were locked at 0-0.
Platanias could not find a response to the home side’s attacking game, however, and the result allows Babis Tennes men, who claimed a 1-1 home draw with Panathinaikos last weekend, to move away from the bottom reaches of the table up to ninth with 11 points.
Platanias are bottom with six points from nine matches and are currently in freefall after chalking up four successive defeats.
Apollon salvage point after holding Panaitolikos to 1-1 draw
|Panetolikos||1 - 1||Apollon Smyrni|
|Diaz 36'||Almpanis 60'|
Young Greek striker Christos Almpanis was the hero for Apollon Smyrni after grabbing a second-half equaliser to earn his team a vital point in a 1-1 draw at Panaitolikos.
Apostolos Mantzios’ team had earlier fallen behind in Agrinio to a goal from Argentine midfielder Jorge Díaz in the 36th minute, and it seemed the home side would go on to take the points.
But despite controlling the match for long periods, a lapse of concentration cost them dear on the hour mark when 22-year-old Almpanis pounced to level the scores and secure a draw which moved them out of the bottom two and into 14th place, with Panaitolikos two places above in 12th.