Poor Olympiacos slip up again at Atromitos
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 21
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Olympiacos dropped more points on Sunday as the reigning champions were held to a 2-2 draw at Atromitos in a tense and closely-contested matchday 21 clash in Peristeri.
Oscar Garcia’s Erythrolefki were once again well below par, falling behind to a goal from in-form Greek midfielder Theodoros Vasilakakis.
Marko Marin equalised with a superb individual goal before half-time, but a brilliant solo strike from French striker Nicolas Diguiny saw Atromitos restore a one-goal advantage which they held onto until the last minute.
That was when the Red and Whites won a penalty, and although Andrea Giannioti saved Uros Djurdjevic’s spot-kick, Ehsan Hajsafi bundled home the rebound to salvage a point for the visitors.
It was rough justice on on Damir Canadi’s fourth-placed Atromitos, who deserved to win the match. Instead of closing the gap on Olympiacos, who occupy third place, there remains a four-point gap separating the two teams, while the Erythrolefki are now four points adrift of leaders AEK.
For Olympiacos the outcome is a third second successive 2-1 defeat in all competitions, having lost twice against AEK in both the league and cup before tonight’s latest setback.
Atromitos produced one of their better performances of the season and were almost ahead after just seven minutes but Dimitris Gianoulis’ shot cannoned off Silvio Proto’s right post and the ball bounced to safety.
Encouraged rather than deterred by that near miss, the home side continued to press the visitors’ goal, and they were rewarded in the 19th minute. A superb cross from Egypt midfielder Amr Warda picked out the run of Vasilakakis, who beat Proto with a powerful and well-placed header.
Five minutes later Warda was in the thick of the action again down the left, presenting Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda with a perfect chance to score, only for the Atromitos striker to fluff his lines and scuff a poor shot straight at Proto.
The hosts were made to pay for that miss four minutes later when Olympiacos drew level through Marin, the German midfielder scoring with a brilliant long-range diagonal shot.
That strike seemed to calm Olympiacos nerves a little and they began the second half much better than they had the first. Then, a crucial moment arrived one minute after the hour mark when Karim Ansarifard missed a golden chance to give Olympiacos the lead.
Atromitos seemed to speak back into life and five minutes later the home side were astonishingly 2-1 up, French striker Nicolas Diguiny skipping past the challenge of Alberto Botia before sending a powerful shot arrowing into the corner.
The game should have been wrapped up in the 72st minute when Atromitos broke clear and had a five-on-two situation on the counter attack, but Dauda was denied by Proto with only the Belgian keeper to beat and Diguiny somehow fired the rebound wide with the goal gaping.
Atromitos were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal again in the last minute when Olympiacos were awarded a penalty after Dimitris Chatziisaias fouled Guillaume Gillet.
Andrea Giannioti saved Uros Djurdjevic’s spot-kick but the rebound was turned in by Olympiacos’ Iran defender Ehsan Hajsafi to salvage a point.