SLGR 25 Matchday Recap: Greek Football Hits New Low After PAOK-AEK Chaos
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 25
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|10-Mar-18||Larissa||0 - 0||Kerkyra|
|10-Mar-18||Panionios||2 - 2||Atromitos|
|10-Mar-18||Panathinaikos||1 - 1||Asteras Tripolis|
|11-Mar-18||Platanias||0 - 4||Olympiacos|
|11-Mar-18||Xanthi||1 - 0||Panetolikos|
|11-Mar-18||Lamia||1 - 1||Levadiakos|
|Postponed||PAS Giannina||Apollon Smyrnis|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 25 action in the Greek SuperLeague. For all the latest fixtures and result visit here. For the the up to date Supereague standings visit here.
Certainly the craziest scenes to hit the Greek game in years, perhaps ever, occurred at the end of the derby between PAOK and AEK on Sunday night in Thessaloniki. That was the major talking point after Matchday 25 action of the 2017/18 Greek Super League.
The AGONAsport Match of the Week was the top of the table clash between PAOK and AEK. A match featuring lots of tension, but relatively little in the way of quality chances sprang to life in the last minute when PAOK seemingly scored a goal as a result of a corner-kick. The referee eventually ruled out the strike for offsides when a PAOK contingent, led by owner Ivan Savvidis, stormed the pitch to complain. Chaotic scenes resulted and the match was abandoned. The fate of the match and potential punishment toward PAOK could be announced later this week. The Greek government has suspended the Super League until further decisions on the fate of this season can be taken.
Elsewhere, there was some focus on matters on the pitch in a weekend that featured a whole slew of draws.
The weekend began with the 0-0 stalemate between Larisa and Kerkyra on Saturday. Later on that same day, Panionios and Atromitos played out a thrilling 2-2 draw. Srdjan Spiridonovic gave Panionios a 2-0 with two goals just after the break, only for Atromitos fight back for the draw thanks to Kostas Kostopoulos scoring in the 65th minute and an Amr Warda goal into injury time.
Panathinaikos struck late to equalize at home against Asteras Tripolis. Michalis Manias’ 69th minute header looked to give Asteras the three points, however Robin Lod popped up to level the game three minutes from time.
Sunday’s matches began with Olympiacos registering a comfortable 4-0 win away to Platanias. The defending champions received goals from Alaixys Romao, Marko Marin, Kevin Mirallas (penalty-kick), and Pape Abou Cisse.
Xanthi picked up an important win to boost their hopes of a European berth with a 1-0 victory over Panetolikos. Mathias Castro scored the game’s only goal in the 23rd minute.
Lamia and Levadiakos could not be separated in a 1-1 draw. Visitors Levadiakos went ahead on a Petros Giakoumakis goal just after the half-hour mark, but Nikos Tsoukalos’ goal five minutes from the break saw Lamia battle back for a point.
The Monday night match between PAS Giannina and Apollon Smirnis was postponed after the Greek government took the decision to suspend the league.
Matchday MVP - Srjdan Spiridonovic
The 24-year-old Austrian was superb throughout for Panionios and scored two delightful goals for his side in the 2-2 draw with Atromitos. Though Atromitos came back from Spiridonovic’s two goals to claim a tie, the Panionios attacker was excellent.
Goal of the Matchday - Amr Warda (Atromitos)
Another fine strike by the mercurial Egyptian. Warda ensured Atromitos left Nea Smyrni with a point thanks to a wonderful diving header well into injury-time.
Save of the Matchday - Giorgos Athanasiadis (Asteras Tripolis)
The Asteras keeper produced a wonderful diving save to bat away Christos Donis’ shot after the Panathinaikos player fired freely from the top of the box. Athanasiadis had lots of ground to cover, but came up with a tremendous stop at full-stretch.
Play of the Matchday - Panionios
The Nea Smyrni side produced a truly fantastic play when they scored their second of the afternoon. A great passing sequence saw Masouras play the ball to Dermishaj who opened play out wide to the forward run of Vlachos. His fine delivery to the back post was met by Spiridonovic whose full volley was perfectly hit between the legs of Gianniotas into the net. A sweeping move that deserves recognition.
Team Performance of the Matchday - Panionios And Atromitos
In a weekend where it was all about what to forget about the Greek game, Panionios and Atromitos produced a match to remember. This was an absorbing contest that showed the potential of football in Greece. Panionios were superb in going two goals to the good, while Atromitos fought back well showing why they have had their best ever season in the top-flight.
Surprise of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis
It may not be a huge surprise considering Panathinaikos’ troubles, but it is still difficult to go to the Leoforos and grab the win for any side. Asteras were absolutely superb on the counter-attack and fashioned many chances to win the game against the Prasini only to be undone by a late Robin Lod stunner. All in all, it was another fine performance by Savvas Pantelidis’ men who certainly are right in the mix for a European place.
Disappointment of the Matchday - PAOK-AEK
The worst of Greek football was on showcase at the end of the match between these two teams. The scenes in Toumba at the end were sad to say the least and caused many to wonder what needs to happen in order to fix the game in Greece.