Show of unity as Greens beat PAS Giannina
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 6
|Panathinaikos||2 - 0||PAS Giannina|
Panathinaikos produced a display of quality and passion on Saturday to defeat PAS Giannina 2-0, while Panaitolikos continued their surprising and excellent run of form with an impressive 3-0 demolition of Platanias in Crete.
All eyes were on a packed an vociferous Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium though, and Panathinaikos sent a clear message of unity to the financially-troubled club’s fans.
The Greens’ SuperLeague future may well be in doubt due to financial problems and the departure of president Giannis Alafouzos, but the players gave the 12,000 supporters some reasons to be cheerful as goals from Swedish pair Oscar Hiljemark and Guillermo Molins sealed three points.
It was only Panathinaikos’ second win in six league matches so far this season, and a much-welcomed one given the recent problems off the pitch which have the historic Athens club
The hosts had chances to extend their lead but the tempo of the game slowed considerably in the second half with the scoreline unchanged when the final whistle blew to rapturous applause from the Trifili faithful.
Ouzounidis could be seen congratulating each and every player as they came off the pitch, shouting “That’s the way I want to see you playing!”, while the crowd – which provided a wall of noise for the entire 90 minutes – chanted “We’ll keep you up, Panathinaikos!”
The result moves the Greens on to six points and up to eighth place in the table, while PAS, although level on six points, slip to 11th place on goal difference.
Panetolikos run riot against Platanias
|Platanias||0 - 3||Panetolikos|
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Meanwhile down in Chania on the island of Crete, Panaitolikos, who were 2-0 winners against Panathinaikos last weekend, recorded a comprehensive 3-0 away win over Platanias at the Perivolia Municipal Stadium.
First-half goals from Uruguayan midfielder Jorge Díaz (12) and Brazilian forward Farley Rosa (43) put the visitors in a commanding position at half-time.
Any hopes of a Platanias comeback disappeared down the tunnel with midfielder Vasilios Pliatsikas when he was sent off in the 63rd minute for picking up a second yellow card.
With more space to maneuver and pass the ball around, Panaitolikos kept finding gaps in the home defense and a third goal finally came in the 79th minute, Díaz netting his second of the game to round off a fine win for Makis Chavos’ exciting team.
The win lifted Panaitolikos to the lofty heights of fifth spot ahead of tomorrow’s matches.