SLGR Matchday 27 Recap: Victory In Crete Puts AEK On The Brink Of Title

SLGR Matchday 27  Recap: Victory In Crete Puts AEK On The Brink Of Title
 

GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 27

Date Home Team Time Away Team
14-Apr-18 Lamia 0 - 0 Apollon Smyrnis
14-Apr-18 Levadiakos 1 - 0 Asteras Tripolis
14-Apr-18 PAOK 3 - 1 Panionios
15-Apr-18 Larissa 4 - 2 Panetolikos
15-Apr-18 Xanthi 3 - 0 PAS Giannina
15-Apr-18 Panathinaikos 1 - 0 Atromitos
15-Apr-18 Platanias 0 - 1 AEK
16-Apr-18 Olympiacos 12:30 PM Kerkyra

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 27 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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Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’ 39th minute goal gave AEK a 1-0 win away to Platanias on Matchday 27 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League. That victory means that AEK are one point away from clinching their first league title in 24 years. Next week at the Olympic Stadium in Athens against Levadiakos, Manolo Jimenez’s team will certainly be roared on by a packed house looking to celebrate the club’s first title in nearly a quarter century.

Elsewhere in Matchday 27 action, there were big results with regard to teams fighting for Europe and against relegation.

PAOK were 3-1 winners over Panionios in Saturday’s late match to stay in second place ahead of Olympiacos. Yevhen Shakhov and Omar El Kaddouri paced the home side with early strikes. Aleksandar Prijovic made it 3-0 on 66 minutes and Panionios did manage to reply through Fiorin Durmishaj eleven minutes later, but that was as close as the Nea Smyrni side could get as they lost ground on fifth place.

Olympiacos plunged Kerkyra into massive relegation trouble with a 5-1 win on Monday. The Piraeus side got goals from five different players (Karim Ansarifard, Kevin Mirallas, Kostas Fortounis, Bjorn Engels, and Marios Vrousai). Kerkyra tied the match 1-1 in the 27th minute through Denis Epstein, but then conceded four goals to end up on the wrong side of a 5-1 scoreline. 

Xanthi and Levadiakos were the big winners with respect to their bid to claim fifth spot and the final European berth. Three second half goals by Xanthi at home saw them power past PAS Giannina on Sunday. Petar Djurickovic opened the scoring in the 50th minute for Xanthi, before an Erik Jendrisek brace put them out of sight.

On Saturday, Levadiakos showed their commitment to a late push for continental football next season with a 1-0 win over Asteras Tripolis. The only goal of the game came courtesy of Souleymane Sawadogo’s 66th minute finish. Asteras stay just three points behind Xanthi despite the loss, while Levadiakos move to within five points with three matches remaining. 

Panathinaikos continue to impress despite the deteriorating situation surrounding the club’s financial state. An Anthony Mounier penalty just before the hour saw the team defeat Atromitos 1-0 on Sunday. 

On Saturday, Lamia and Apollon played out a 0-0 draw that took both sides a step closer toward safety. The two clubs moved five points clear of the drop zone with Kerkyra now needing a minor miracle to save themselves from relegation. 

Finally, Larisa all but assured themselves their Super League status for next season with a 4-2 win over Panetolikos. A 1st minute goal by Vlad Morar gave Panetolikos the perfect start, but the visiting side soon capitulated as goals from Radomir Milosavljevic and Nikos Golias turned the match on its head at the AEL FC Arena. Matters became worse for Traianos Dellas’ Panetolikos on 22 minutes when they were reduced to ten men after a red card was issued to  Marcos Paulo. Larisa took with goals Thomas Nazlidis (45’, penalty) and Adnan Aganovic (57’). Panetolikos pulled one back on the hour thanks to Giannis Masouras own goal.   

Matchday MVP - Erik Jendrisek (Xanthi)

The 31-year-old Slovakian gets top billing this week after his brace against PAS Giannina. The Xanthi striker scored an amazing long-range blast before adding an opportunistic finish to put him on 10 goals for the season and lead Xanthi to a crucial victory for their European ambitions for next season. 

Goal of the Matchday - Erik Jendrisek (Xanthi)

One of the goals of the Super League season from Jendrisek. After using one touch to deflect the ball away from an opposition player, Jendrisek spots PAS Giannina goalkeeper Markos Vellidis off his line and unleashes a vicious long-range effort from 40 yards that sails over Vellidis into the goal. A truly remarkable strike.

Save of the Matchday - Andreas Gianniotis (Atromitos)

A brilliant save from one of the league’s top goalkeepers this season. With Anthony Mounier acrobatically volleying towards goal, Gianniotis rushes off his line and produced a spell-binding reaction stop from point-blank range with his right hand. 

Play of the Matchday - Xanthi

Jendrisek’s goal could probably be goal of the day and play of the day in one, but this week’s best play was another one that occurred in the Xanthi-PAS Giannina match. Pedro Conde’s close range effort in the first  half with the score still 0-0 was somehow kept out with three players playing a role. The Spanish forward shoot towards goal from a few yards out on the left side only to Xanthi goalkeeper Zivko Zivkovic save with his left foot. The ball however continued toward goal when a sliding Stratos Svarnas saved a certain goal on the line with his hip. Center-back Kostas Fliskas cleared away ended a crazy sequence in front of the Xanthi net.

Team Performance of the Matchday - PAOK

The Thessaloniki giants will perhaps be asking what might have been if their recent troubles against Olympiacos and AEK hadn’t occurred.  A sharp PAOK side tore apart a decent Panionios team with a top-notch performance along with some good goals. 

Surprise of the Matchday - Panathinaikos

This is a team that deserves credit. The club’s obituary as a top-flight side seems to get written every week, but these players, despite their recent strike from training, continue to get results. The gutsy 1-0 win over Atromitos was as good as it was surprising. 

Disappointment of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis

Though their European hopes are still alive, Asteras will consider their loss at Levadiakos as a massive disappointment. A victory could have seen them push on with a decent remaining schedule, but now they must hope to win their final three matches and for Xanthi to slip up along the way. 
 

 
by George Tsitsonis
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