SLGR Matchday 12 Recap: AEK Alone At The Top, Olympiacos Close Behind

SLGR Matchday 12 Recap: AEK Alone At The Top, Olympiacos Close Behind
 

GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 12

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

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 12 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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Late goals abounded in Matchday 12 of the Greek Super League. It was pure drama at the death with six goals coming in the last five minutes of the weekend matches. 

AEK took advantage of a PAOK slip-up to take sole possession of first place in the league. Marko Livaja continued his good form with a brace in the 3-0 win over Platanias. Tasos Bakasetas also scored for the Kitrinomavri. Platanias stay mired in last place with yet another defeat. 

Olympiacos moved into sole possession of second place with a come-from-behind win at Kerkyra. The hosts took a first half lead through Christos Gromitsaris, but Takis Lemonis’ substitutes paid dividends in the second half. A 20-minute spell after the break saw Olympiacos make it 3-1 with goals from Pape Abou Cisse, Uros Djurdjevic, and Marko Marin. That was how it finished in an entertaining game played in driving rain.

Leo Matos’ injury-time goal saw PAOK grab a point away to Panionios. The Brazilian’s header made it 2-2 with virtually the last play of the game. PAOK had taken the lead toward the end of the first half with a Efthimios Koulouris penalty. Panionios fought back in the second half and a fine display saw that turn the match on its head. Srdjan Spiridonovic equalized in the 48th minute paving the way for Samed Yesil’s go-ahead strike four minutes from time. That looked like the winner, but Matos’ late heroics saw PAOK leave Nea Smyrni with a point.

Atromitos and Panathinaikos played out an action-packed 1-1 draw on Saturday. Abiola Dauda gave the Peristeri side the perfect start with a well-taken 3rd minute goal. The Prasini were level on the half-hour though thanks to Guillermo Molins converting his spot-kick from 12 yards. Both sides had chances in the second half, but neither could make the decisive breakthrough.

Elsewhere, Panetolikos got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Larisa. Vlad Morar scored for the second straight match as Panetolikos added goals from Franco Mazurek and Farley Rosa to see off the challenge of the Vissini who pulled back to 2-1 at one point through Leozinho.

Asteras Tripolis showed they are regaining their footing after a slow start to the league season. The Tripoli club defeated Levadiakos 2-0 with the goals coming from captain Mathias Iglesias and youngster Tasos Douvikas. 

The weekend began with two 1-1 draws on Saturday. Erik Jendrisek’s 87th minute goal denied PAS Giannina a win in the weekend opener. PAS had taken the lead through Pedro Conde’s 6th goal of the season before Jendrisek’s late intervention saw Xanthi pick up a solid away point. 

No finish was as dramatic as the one between Apollon Smirinis and Lamia. The two promoted sides contested a tight affair on Saturday. Apollon had the better of play and finally broke the deadlock with Eli Elbaz’s goal two minutes from the end. Just as the home supporters were preparing to celebrate a big win, Lamia stormed back, winning a penalty, which Piti scored on in injury-time earning the visitors the 1-1 draw. 

Matchday MVP - Leo Matos (PAOK)

Matos was the man that saved his side on Sunday from sure defeat. It was not only his late goal which salvaged a draw for PAOK though. Matos’ overall performance which saw him create several chances, showed once again how vital he is to his club and why over the past couple seasons he has been one of the top full-backs in the Greek Super League.

Goal of the Matchday - Franco Mazurek (Panetolikos) 

A truly beautiful goal from the 24-year-old midfielder. The Argentine took the ball 10 yards inside his half before embarking on a lightning quick run through midfield. When well-placed from about 20 yards, Mazurek unleashed a perfect finish into the top corner. Simply, one of the best goals the league has produced this season. 

Save of the Matchday - Spiros Spinoulas (Kerkyra)

Several goalkeepers made key stops this weekend, but a defender takes this week’s honors for save of the matchday. Kerkyra left-back Spiros Spinoulas cleared a sure goal off the line in the 26th minute of the match versus Olympiacos. The clearance showed fantastic reactions and positioning from the 31-year-old. 

Play of the Matchday - Larisa

Though it was in a losing effort, Larisa’s goal against Panetolikos merits the play of the day. Thomas Nazlidis’ driving run toward the Panetolikos goal saw him lay the ball off perfectly to the onrushing Leozinho. The Brazilian then delicately chipped over Luigi Cennamo to finish off a terrific sequence for Larisa. 

Team Performance of the Matchday - Panetolikos

A massive win for the Agrinio side. Panetolikos were excellent in attack in their 3-1 win over a much-improved Larisa side. With 65% possession and 14 total shots, Makis Chavos’ men were full value for their victory. Though they remain near the bottom, performances like this offer optimism that this team will become one that resides in the top half of the table.  

Surprise of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis

A bad start to the season did not see the Asteras players fold. Instead, recent weeks have shown this side is resilient. On Sunday, a comfortable win over Levadiakos was the most recent positive result in a stretch that  has seen Asteras win four of their last five in all competitions. 

Disappointment of the Matchday - Levadiakos

After beginning the season in awesome form including a long unbeaten run, Levadiakos have officially crashed back down to earth. This loss was the worst of the season, not only because Asteras have been languishing toward the bottom of the table, but Jose Anigo’s side were just plain flat throughout.

 
by George Tsitsonis
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