SLGR Macthday 11 Recap: PAOK And AEK Go Joint Top

SLGR Macthday 11 Recap: PAOK And AEK Go Joint Top
 

GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 11

Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Nov-17 Lamia 1 - 1 Kerkyra
18-Nov-17 Larissa 1 - 0 Apollon Smyrnis
18-Nov-17 Olympiacos 2 - 1 Levadiakos
19-Nov-17 Xanthi 2 - 0 Panionios
19-Nov-17 Platanias 0 - 3 Asteras Tripolis
19-Nov-17 PAS Giannina 1 - 1 Panetolikos
19-Nov-17 Panathinaikos 1 - 1 AEK
20-Nov-17 PAOK 2 - 1 Atromitos

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 11 action in the Greek SuperLeague. For all the latest fixtures and result visit here. For the the up to date Supereague standings visit here

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AEK rescued a point at the death to stay top of the Greek Super League after a 1-1 draw with Panathinaikos in the Athens derby. Panathinaikos had taken the early lead through Rodrigo Moledo’s header and looked likely to claim the three points as the match wound down. However, Marko Livaja’s deflected shot in the last kick of the match gave AEK the equalizer, denying the Prasini their fifth home win of the season. Both teams had chances to add to their goals in a match that was relatively open, but physical as well with nearly 45 fouls called. 

PAOK joined AEK on 21 points atop the Greek Super League after a comeback win over previously undefeated Atromitos. PAOK continued their stellar form at Toumba even though they suffered an early setback. Stefanos Stroungis gave Damir Canadi’s men the lead after 22 minutes, but PAOK equalized in first-half stoppage time as Vieirinha scored from the penalty spot. Atromitos put forth a good display despite playing without five first-team regulars, but they finally succumbed in the 71st minute as Djalma Campos beat Andreas Gianniotas to make it 2-1 and ultimately give PAOK the three big points on offer. 

Olympiacos needed a late Leonardo Koutris goal to slip past Levadiakos 2-1. Takis Lemonis’ men had the majority of the chances and took the lead through Guillaume Gillet’s superb goal just before halftime. Levadiakos rode the stellar goalkeeping of Devis Epassy to keep them in the game and found themselves level with just over 20 minutes to go as Petros Giakoumakis found the net from close range. Six minutes from time though in a strange twist of irony, Epassy made a big mistake in mishandling Koutris’ long-distance shot as it found the net giving Olympiacos a big win that moves them to with a point of the top.

Xanthi produced a solid performance to dispose of Panionios 2-0. Erik Jendrisek’s two goals in the 23rd and 65th minutes the difference. Special consideration should be given to Adrian Lucero whose two wonderful defense-splitting passes set up Jendrisek for both goals. The victory sees Xanthi leapfrog Panionios into 5th place. 

A late goal by Milos Deletic gave a resurgent Larisa another win as their form takes a turn for the better. Deletic’s 86th minute goal gave the Vissini a crucial 1-0 win over Apollon Smirnis.

Two other evenly-contested fixtures finished with 1-1 draws. On Saturday, Lamia could not find a way past 9-man Kerkyra in a disappointing home draw. Kerkyra had taken the lead through Giorgos Pamlidis’ header in the  6th minute. Piti equalized for Lamia from the spot in first half injury-time after Aris Soiledis conceded a penalty that saw him sent off for a second yellow. A short while later, Sotiris Balafas was given his marching orders as Kerkyra went down to nine. It was a commendable second half display from the visitors though as they defending well to earn the point.

PAS Giannina and Panetolikos also played out a score draw. Hosts PAS went ahead in the 22nd minute through Karim Soltani. PAS had chances to  make it to 2-0, but couldn’t convert. They paid the price 20 minutes from the end when Vlad Morar’s wonder-strike gave them the leveller and the corresponding point.

Finally, Platanias lost heavily once again at home going down 3-0 to Asteras Tripolis. Cedric Gondo and Triantafyllos Pasalidis scored first half goals for the visiting side. Michalis Manias tacked on another goal in the 72nd minute to seal the points.

Matchday MVP - Erik Jendrisek (Xanthi)

The Slovakian forward was the main man in Xanthi’s 2-0 win over Panionios. The 31-year-old produced good finishes of fine assists from Adrian Lucero to down the Nea Smyrni side. Jendrisek is slowly finding his footing in Greece as he now ups his goal total for Xanthi to five in all competitions this season. 

Goal of the Matchday - Vlad Morar (Panetolikos)

The 24-year-old scored a truly stupendous goal giving his side a 1-1 draw with PAS Giannina. In the 69th minute, the Romanian attacker took the ball on the left and cut in ever so slightly before letting loose with an audacious, swerving shot that chipped Apostolos Vellidis in the Giannina goal. 

Save of the Matchday - Antonis Kokkalas (Platanias)

Though he couldn’t keep his team from incurring another big defeat, Antonis Kokkalas pulled off the save of the weekend. In the 44th minute of Platanias’ match with Asteras Tripolis, Kokkalas made a spectacular point-blank reaction save off of a close range header. Kokkalas show truly cat-like reflexes to tip the ball over preventing a sure goal.  

Play of the Matchday - Olympiacos

Guillaume Gillet’s 43rd minute goal was a sight to behold. The Belgian midfielder passed the ball square to Panagiotis Tachtsidis just beyond the halfway line. Tachtsidis passed to Kostas Fortounis in an advanced position. Fortounis spinned away with two touches laying the ball into the path of Gillet who continued his run from midfield. The former Anderlecht man made a delicate chop to evade a defender before coolly rolling the ball past Devis Epassy. 

Team Performance of the Matchday - PAOK

Razvan Lucescu’s PAOK continued their solid home displays by beating previously undefeated Atromitos at Toumba. It was a fine result for the Thessaloniki giants, who had to come from behind to defeat the Peristeri club. Performances like these will go a long way in keeping PAOK top of the standings, though their presence there might ultimately depend on improving their away form.

Surprise of the Matchday - Xanthi

It might not go down as a major surprise, but Xanthi did raise some eyebrows with their win over Panionios. After four draws and a loss at home, this was the northern Greece side’s first home win of the season. If they can continue doing a job at home then European football will be a real possibility for Milan Rastavac’s side. 

Disappointment of the Matchday - Platanias

Jose Roca must go back to the drawing board after another disastrous result by his team. While Platanias had some chances to make this match close, it was mostly another disappointing display. Now five points from safety, the alarm bells are beginning to ring in Chania as the prospect of relegation looms. 

 
by George Tsitsonis
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