SLGR Matchday 17 Recap: Wins for Top Three; Atromitos Shocked

SLGR Matchday 17  Recap: Wins for Top Three; Atromitos Shocked
 

GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 17

Date Home Team Score Away Team
13-Jan-18 Xanthi 3 - 2 Platanias
13-Jan-18 Apollon Smyrnis 1 - 1 Panionios
14-Jan-18 Levadiakos 3 - 2 Panathinaikos
14-Jan-18 Kerkyra 0 - 3 PAOK
14-Jan-18 Asteras Tripolis 3 - 1 Larissa
14-Jan-18 Atromitos 0 - 1 Panetolikos
14-Jan-18 AEK 3 - 1 PAS Giannina
15-Jan-18 Olympiacos 2 - 0 Lamia

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 17 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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Atromitos lost ground in their bid to stay near the top in the biggest news of Matchday 17 action in the Greek Super League.

Olympiacos, PAOK, and AEK continued their good form as the top three remained the same.

Olympiacos strolled to a routine 2-0 over Lamia on Monday night. The victory came in the debut of new coach Oscar Garcia. The win also kept Olympiacos a point ahead of PAOK and AEK atop the Super League standings. The goals for the Piraeus side came from Marko Marin (9’) and Karim Ansarifard (57’)

PAOK had little trouble away to Kerkyra as they recorded a 3-0 win. Leo Matos put the Thessaloniki side in front with a 23rd minute goal and the result was finalized in the second half thanks to strikes from Djalma Campos and Dimitris Pelkas.

AEK used a Sergio Araujo brace to ease past PAS Giannina 3-1. Marko Livaja gave the Kitrinomavri a 12th minute lead only for PAS to equalize just after halftime through Iraklis Garoufalias. Araujo took charge soon after scoring after 53 minutes and adding his second two minutes before full time. PAS had Apostolos Skondras sent off just after the hour mark.

Traianos Dellas came back to haunt his old team as Panetolikos picked up a shock 1-0 away win at Atromitos. Dellas took over Panetolikos last week and could not have asked for a better start on his debut. Farley Rosa’s goal three minutes after halftime was the difference as Atromitos lost their unbeaten home record. It could have been different if not for the fantastic performance of Dimitris Kyriakidis in the Panetolikos. The Greek international produced a series of fine saves including a save from a Amr Warda penalty kick in the 55th minute.

Asteras Tripolis moved into a tie with Panionios for 5th place in the Super League after this weekend’s results. Asteras continued their fantastic form with a 3-1 victory over Larisa. Eleven minutes into the match, Michalis Manias put the home side in front only for a penalty from Larisa’s Thomas Nazlidis shortly after halftime to pull the Vissini level. Manias scored his second in the 71st minute with Giorgos Kiriakopoulos making sure of the points late on.

Panionios dropped points a day earlier in a 1-1 draw away to Apollon Smirnis. The Nea Smyrni side picked up a point thanks to an own goal from Ivan Covic in the 78th minute. Apollon had earlier taken a first-half lead through Sebastian Bartolini.

Xanthi survived a late rally to power past Platanias 3-2. It looked smooth sailing for the hosts as they raced out to a 3-0 advantage after 77 minutes. Erik Jendrisek’s two goals (5’ PK, 77’) and a Dimos Baxevanidis strike (27’) seemed to seal the points, but Platanias staged a late revival. Clarck Nsikulu’s penalty in the 80th minute was followed by Antonis Petropoulos’ goal in the 88th. Ultimately, Xanthi held on while Platanias lost their 15th straight match in all competitions.

Panathinaikos annus horribilis dropped to a new low in a 3-2 defeat to Levadiakos. The Prasini were down 3-0 until they staged a late comeback attempt in the final 15 minutes with goals from Robin Lod and an injury-time penalty from Lucas Villafanez. Like Platanias though against Xanthi, the comeback began too late and time ran out as they suffered another defeat which drops them to 10th in the table. Levadiakos went up to 8th with the win and received goals from Joao Francisco (21’), Mohamed Youssouf (37’), and Pavlos Mitropoulos (50’).

Matchday MVP - Dimitris Kyriakidis (Panetolikos)

A truly memorable performance from Kyriakidis. Panetolikos’ win owes a lot to his goalkeeping brilliance. The veteran keeper made several fantastic stops against Atromitos, especially in the second half, to preserve his team’s 1-0 victory. His saves against an Amr Warda free-kick and the same player’s penalty stood out amongst a host of other superb saves.

Goal of the Matchday - Farley Rosa (Panetolikos)

The 24-year-old Brazilian scored a match-winner against Atromitos of top-notch quality. The midfielder picked up the ball about 25 yards and unleashed an unstoppable shot that hit off the post and went in. Andreas Gianniotis had no chance and Rosa gave his side the three points with a special effort.

Save of the Matchday - Dimitris Kyriakidis (Panetolikos)

Kyriakidis’ spot-kick save from Amr Warda was as good as it was important. The penalty stop after 55 minutes was the highlight of a terrific night for Kyriakidis.

Play of the Matchday - Xanthi

Erik Jendrisek’s goal was something you don’t see too often. Goalkeeper Zivko Zivkovic registered an assist as his long punt found Jendrisek in the opposition box after a big bounce and the Slovakian striker produced a delicate left-footed chip to finish off a great play.

Team Performance of the Matchday - PAOK

It may have come against a Kerkyra side who are struggling, but PAOK’s win over their opponents was important. It was a complete performance for Razvan Lucescu’s men in an away fixture which they controlled from the start. PAOK’s attacking display was extremely strong and they were rarely threatened at the back.

Surprise of the Matchday - Panetolikos

Traianos Dellas’ appointment had an instant impact on Panetolikos. To defeat Atromitos this season is tough enough, to do so at their ground is even more impressive. Defensively, the team held form in front of a potent Atromitos attack, while Farley Rosa conjured up the moment of brilliance needed to win this big match.

Disappointment of the Matchday - Atromitos

You have to feel for Atromitos. Their display was generally pretty strong against Panetolikos and they ran into a red-hot goalkeeper. That said, they could not manage to convert numerous opportunities into goals and thus lost three big points in their bid to stay in touching distance of the top three teams.

 
by George Tsitsonis
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