SLGR Matchday 13 Recap: Top Four All In Weekend Wins
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 13
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|2-Dec-17||Asteras Tripolis||4 - 0||Kerkyra|
|2-Dec-17||Xanthi||0 - 3||PAOK|
|2-Dec-17||Olympiacos||3 - 1||Apollon Smyrnis|
|3-Dec-17||Panathinaikos||0 - 1||Panionios|
|3-Dec-17||Lamia||2 - 2||Panetolikos|
|3-Dec-17||Larissa||1 - 1||PAS Giannina|
|3-Dec-17||Levadiakos||0 - 2||AEK|
|4-Dec-17||Platanias||1 - 3||Atromitos|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 13 action in the Greek SuperLeague. For all the latest fixtures and result visit here. For the the up to date Supereague standings visit here.
AEK stayed a point ahead of Olympiacos as Manolo Jimenez’s men produced a strong display to defeat Levadiakos away 2-0. Goals from Marko Livaja and Sergio Araujo in the second half paced AEK who had a plethora of chances in a game they dominated from start to finish.
Olympiacos had taken temporary hold of top spot on Saturday as they rode two late goals from Karim Ansarifard to defeat Apollon Smirnis 3-1. Apollon took the lead at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the 23rd minute from Eli Elbaz after a terrible mistake by Pape Abou Cisse. Olympiacos equalized eight minutes later through the impressive Omar Elabdellaoui, but had to wait until Ansarifard’s goals in the 80th and 90th minutes before they could seal the victory.
PAOK looked sharp and Xanthi anything but as Razvan Lucescu defeat his former team. The 3-0 win in Xanthi was PAOK’s first away victory of the season. An own goal by Pablo de Lucas gave the visitors the lead after 25 minutes. Just past the half-hour mark, Robert Mak doubled PAOK’s advantage before a goalkeeping error by Zivko Zivkovic gifted PAOK their third in the 62nd minute through Jose Angel Crespo’s header.
Atromitos survived giving up a first-half goal and a penalty-kick to come from behind to win at Platanias 3-1. A Theodoros Vasilakakis brace sandwiched an Amr Warda strike as Damir Canadi’s men scored three times in a 15-minute span (61’-76’) to emerge victorious. Platanias had a golden chance to win this game after Clarck Nsikulu’s 22nd minute goal gave them the lead. The turning point of the match came just after the break when Yevhen Budnik saw his penalty kick saved by Andreas Gianniotas in the Atromitos goal. That prevented the hosts from taking a 2-0 lead and allowed the Peristeri club the chance to come back and win.
Elsewhere, the score of the round went to Asteras Tripolis as they trounced Kerkyra 4-0 in Tripoli. Michalis Manias tallied a brace as Asteras all received first-half goals from Martin Tonso and Nikos Kaltsas for the emphatic win.
There was high drama in Lamia as the home side scored a 97th minute equalizer through Patrick Vouho to come back and claim a point against Panetolikos. The 2-2 draw was a shock as the visitors looked in complete control for the first 69 minutes. Panetolikos were up 2-0 until then thanks to goals from Farley Rosa and Jorge Diaz. Noe Acosta pulled one back for the home side to ensure a tense final which eventually saw three red cards. With the last kick of the game, Vouho was on hand to nudge the ball home from the goal line sparking crazy scenes of celebration in Lamia.
Finally, it all finished square in Larisa as the home team and PAS Giannina played out a 1-1 draw. Larisa were on the board early as Thomas Nazlidis converted a 5th minute penalty he had won. PAS fought back eventually scoring ten minutes after the break to earn the draw. That goal was scored by Pedro Conde who now leads the Greek Super League with 7 goals on the season.
Matchday MVP - Theodoros Vasilakakis (Atromitos)
The mercurial 29-year-old helped his side to a crucial comeback win against bottom club Platanias. Vasilakakis has had a knack of scoring magnificent goals in his career and the two he scored in the second half in this match fall into that category. The Thessaloniki-born midfielder came to his side’s rescue at the perfect moment with two truly memorable goals to propel Atromitos to the victory and keep them to within three points of the top of the Greek Super League.
Goal of the Matchday - Theodoros Vasilakakis (Atromitos)
Vasilakakis’ second goal of the moment was a superb hit, but his first takes this week’s Goal of the Matchday. Abiola Dauda’s inch-perfect cross was beautifully converted by Vasilakakis with bicycle kick to draw Atromitos level at that point. It was a goal you simply have to checkout from the former Xanthi man.
Save of the Matchday - Ivan Covic (Apollon Smirnis)
The Croatian netminder could not prevent his side losing to the defending champs on Saturday, but Covic earned plaudits for his wonder-save early on. With Kosta Fortounis clear through on goal, Covic produced a truly amazing reaction save from very close range to bat the ball away.
Play of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis
A stunning team goal by AEK against Levadiakos takes the cake this week. AEK’s opener seven minutes after the break was as important as it was beautiful. The multi-pass move saw Marko Livaja begin with the ball behind half field and play an initial ball into attack. Eventually he continued his run and played a one-two with Sergio Araujo before delightfully dinking the ball over Levadiakos goalkeeper Devis Epassy. A fantastic goal that showed how good this AEK side can be when in full flow.
Team Performance of the Matchday - Panionios
Hats off to the Nea Smyrni side. In recent weeks they have battled impressively, despite being beset by injuries, only to come out on the short end of the results. This weekend Michalis Grigoriou’s men finally got what they deserved. Panathinaikos are having an extremely difficult campaign, but at home they are still a force making Panionios’ performance and eventual 1-0 win a very impressive feat.
Surprise of the Matchday - Lamia
Down 2-0 with 20 minutes left to a battle-hardened side who was making it a very physical battle, what could a newly-promoted club hope for? That was Lamia’s predicament against Panetolikos, yet Babi Tennes’ warriors pulled off the comeback. Two goals in the final stages, including Patrick Vouho’s equalizer in the 97th minute saw Lamia snatch a truly memorable point.
Disappointment of the Matchday - Xanthi
Traditionally Xanthi are an extremely good home side. This season they have had their struggles at home, however the performance against PAOK left a real sour taste in the mouth of supporters. One poor defensive play after another saw the team lose hands down 3-0. It was PAOK’s first win of the season on their travels and Xanthi ensured they helped as much as they could to ensure that happened with own goals, goalkeeping errors, and a general lack of defensive cohesiveness.