SLGR Matchday 28 Recap: Title Glory For AEK
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 28
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|22-Apr-18||PAS Giannina||0 - 0||Larissa|
|22-Apr-18||PAOK||2 - 1||Xanthi|
|22-Apr-18||Kerkyra||1 - 3||Asteras Tripolis|
|22-Apr-18||Panetolikos||1 - 0||Lamia|
|22-Apr-18||AEK||2 - 0||Levadiakos|
|22-Apr-18||Apollon Smyrnis||1 - 0||Olympiacos|
|22-Apr-18||Panionios||0 - 3||Panathinaikos|
|22-Apr-18||Atromitos||4 - 1||Platanias|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 28 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 clinched the 2017/18 Greek Super League title on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Levadiakos in front of nearly 60,000 supporters in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. It was the first title for the Kitrinomavri in 24 years.
Elsewhere on Matchday 28, PAOK took a massive step toward clinching a spot in the Champions’ League qualifiers, while the races for Europe and relegation became clearer with two matches remaining.
Manolo Jimenez succeeded in steering AEK to a league title thanks to Tasos Bakasetas’ brace in the 2-0 victory over Levadiakos. The Greek international scored both his goals in the first half, opening the scoring with a 12th minute penalty and doubling his side’s advantage just after the half-hour mark. It was a win celebrated wildly by Enosi supporters who have bore witness to the end of a title drought lasting nearly a quarter century.
In the midst of a party atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium, AEK took control with that early goal and never looked likely to do anything else besides claim the win they needed to secure the league. Though they have two league fixtures left, the real focus now for the club after winning the championship will be on the Greek Cup Final against PAOK in May where they have the chance to pull off a domestic double.
PAOK stretched their lead in second place over Olympiacos to four points on Sunday following a big comeback win at Toumba against Xanthi. Erik Jendrisek’s 16th minute goal saw the visitors strike first, however PAOK turned the match around thanks to Diego Biseswar’s 68th minute goal and Efthimios Koulouris’ winner five minutes from the end.
Olympiacos saw their second place hopes slip away following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Apollon Smirnis. The victory meant that Apollon secured their top-flight status for next season. The winner came within the first minute when Christos Albanis’ goal gave the home team the lead straight out of the locker room. Olympiacos had the bulk of chances and possession, but could find a way through. The Erythrolefki now must face the real prospect of finishing third in the table.
The race for fifth place tightened dramatically thanks to Sunday’s results. Following their win over Kerkyra 3-1, Asteras Tripolis took advantage of Xanthi’s defeat to pull level in fifth position on 39 points. A first half goal from Kosmas Tsilianidis (40’) and a second-half double from Michalis Manias (48’, 68’) saw Asteras race out to a 3-0 lead. Thuram pulled a goal back for Kerkyra by scoring from the rebound of his penalty miss, but that is as close Kerkyra came. The island club now appear to be headed for the drop. Kerkyra must win their final two matches and hope Lamia lose both of theirs to avoid relegation.
Atromitos recorded a comfortable 4-1 win over already-relegated Platanias. A Nicolas Diguiny hat-trick (37’, 68, 76’) led the way for the Peristeri side at home after Javier Umbides opened the scoring thirty minutes in with a penalty kick.
Panathinaikos all but ended Panionios’ remaining European hopes with a 3-0 win away to the Nea Smyrni club. Goals late in the first half by Luciano Neves and Robin Lod put Marinos Ouzounidis’ men into pole position. The result was confirmed three minutes from time with Guillermo Molins’ goal.
Finally, Panetolikos used a Vlad Morar penalty kick in the 75th minute to slip past Lamia while PAS Giannina could not find a way past Larisa at home in a 0-0 draw that confirms safety for the Thessaly club.
Matchday MVP: Tasos Bakasetas (AEK)
Nicolas Diguiny’s hat-trick warrants mention, but this week it’s all about Tasos Bakasetas and AEK. The 24-year-old produced the goals that clinched the title for AEK and that alone sees him claim the Matchday MVP.
Goal of the Matchday: Diego Biseswar (PAOK)
A goal you don’t see too often from Biseswar. The player brought PAOK level when a long cross pumped into the box was met by Biseswar’s glancing and looping header that sailed over Zivkovic’s head, lobbing over him into the goal
Save of the Matchday: Zivko Zivkovic (Xanthi)
A splendid point-blank save by the Xanthi goalkeeper. Omar El Kaddour’s close-range header was tipped over the bar by Zivkovic in a stunning stop in the 29th minute.
Play of the Matchday: Atromitos
Diguiny’s third goal was an enjoyable one. Amr Warda’s fancy footwork and skill on the left saw the Egyptian send an inch-perfect cross to the back post. There, Dimitris Giannoulis drove the ball across the face of goal where Diguiny was on hand to tap home.
Team Performance of the Matchday: PAOK
Though the title is gone, PAOK did a fine job on Sunday proving that they are very worthy of their second place standing. A comeback 2-1 win over Xanthi was impressive. Even more so was the manner of Razvan Lucescu’s team’s victory. PAOK created many chances and were unlucky to be facing an in-form Zivkovic and also unfortunate not to convert their opportunities. In the end it didn’t matter as goals from Biseswar and Koulouris sealed the win on the back a fantastic team display.
Surprise of the Matchday: Apollon Smirnis
A huge three points for Apollon who clinched safety with the 1-0 victory over Olympiacos. Though they had to ride their luck at times, it was another positive display for Apollon. Georgios Paraschos has done a fine job with this team as they are finishing off the season in superb style.
Disappointment of the Matchday: Olympiacos
Another poor outing for the Piraeus side for whom next season can not get here quick enough. After giving up a goal within the first 30 seconds of the match, Olympiacos created several clear-cut opportunities throughout, but wasteful finishing and some fine saves from Huanderson gave Apollon the win that few would have expected.