SLGR Matchday 29 Recap: Kerkyra Go Down, European Race Goes To Final Round
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|29-Apr-18||Xanthi||1 - 0||Larissa|
|29-Apr-18||Panathinaikos||0 - 3||PAOK|
|29-Apr-18||Lamia||2 - 1||PAS Giannina|
|29-Apr-18||Platanias||1 - 2||Panionios|
|29-Apr-18||Olympiacos||4 - 0||Panetolikos|
|29-Apr-18||Levadiakos||0 - 1||Atromitos|
|29-Apr-18||Asteras Tripolis||2 - 1||Apollon Smyrnis|
|29-Apr-18||Kerkyra||0 - 0||AEK|
AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 29 action in the Greek SuperLeague. For all the latest fixtures and result visit here. For the the up to date Supereague standings visit here.
Matchday 29 of the 2017/18 Greek Super League confirmed that Kerkyra would join Platanias as the other team to be relegated to the Football League next season. PAOK clinched second place as expected with their win in the derby against Panathinaikos while Asteras Tripolis and Xanthi go into the final match of the season tied on points as they chase fifth position and the final European place for next season.
Kerkyra held champions-elect AEK to a 0-0 draw, but it wasn’t enough for the home side to avoid relegation. The club ensured they would go down as they failed to defeat an AEK side who dominated most of the proceedings on Sunday.
Kerkyra’s failure to win means that the atmosphere in Lamia was of a party as the home team defeated PAS Giannina 2-1. Piti and Suleiman Omo scored for Lamia before Bruno Chalkiadakis pulled one back for the visitors. Lamia’s win ensures that they will stay up in their first season in the top-flight.
PAOK defeated Panathinaikos away from home thanks to an Aleksandar Prijovic brace. Prijovic scored in the 28th and 65th minutes as the Thessaloniki side also received a goal from Yevhen Shakhov five minutes from the end.
In the race for fifth place, both Asteras Tripolis and Xanthi pulled off dramatic victories. Asteras came from behind to defeat Apollon Smirnis 2-1. Stavros Tsoukalas gave the visiting team the lead on 64 minutes. Things looked bleak for Asteras, however two goals inside two minutes late on from Giannis Kotsiras (82’) and Nikos Kaltsas (84’) saw a spirited fightback that gave the team a priceless victory.
Xanthi also left it late to find a breakthrough by overcoming Larisa at home 1-0. Jorge Casado scored the game’s lone goal ten minutes from time against a Larisa side who played with ten men from the 62nd minute due to Nikos Golias’ sending off.
Elsewhere, Olympiacos rode a Karim Ansarifard brace to a 4-0 victory over Panetolikos. Kostas Fortounis and Alaixys Romao chipped in with goals for the Erythrolefki. Atromitos recorded another victory in their impressive season with a 1-0 win at Levadiakos. Bruno Felipe popped up to score the game-winner just three minutes from the end.
And finally, Panionios’ Srdjan Spiridonovic scored twice (76’, 89’) leading his side to a 2-1 comeback win at Platanias. The Crete side opened the scoring with Shaloze Udozi Chigozie’s goal just after the hour, but the Nea Smyrniotes would not succumb as they fought back for a hard-earned victory.
Matchday MVP - Piti (Lamia)
The quality of the Spanish attacker was the difference as Lamia defeated PAS Giannina to ensure they would remain in the Super League next season. Piti was all over the pitch throughout, constantly a source of danger when on the ball. His goal on the stroke of halftime was one of the season’s best and doubled as a hugely important strike with regard to Lamia’s survival.
Goal of the Matchday - Piti (Lamia)
After picking up the ball deep inside his own half, the 37-year-old played a give and go. From 40 yards out, Piti unbalanced his defender with a shot fake and then some 35 yards out from goal unleashed a sumptuous strike that hit the post near the top corner and went in.
Save of the Matchday - Fotis Koutzavasilis (Kerkyra)
An amazing reaction save from the Kerkyra goalkeeper. AEK’s Giorgos Giakoumakis received a cutback and just in front of goal steered the ball toward the net only for the instincts of Koutzavasilis to kick and produce a wonderful save by getting his right arm up to knock the ball away.
Play of the Matchday - Atromitos
Atromitos’ game-winner against Levadiakos was courtesy of a superb counter-attacking move. Emanuel Sakic took possession inside his own area promptly embarking on a 40-yard run down the right. His pass found Bruno Felipe in the center of the pitch who laid it off to Amr Warda. The Egyptian spotted the overlapping run of left-back Dimitris Giannoulis whose low cross found Bruno Felipe streaking into the box and tapping the ball in from a few yards out.
Team Performance of the Matchday - Asteras Tripolis
The 2-1 win over Apollon Smirnis may not have been the most complete performance from Asteras, but what they may have lacked in quality over the 90 minutes they made up for their fight and spirit. A goal down with less than ten minutes to play, Savvas Pantelidis’ men produced an epic comeback to keep their European destiny in their own hands heading into the final matchday.
Surprise of the Matchday - Kerkyra
Pride and disappointment had to have been what Kerkyra supporters experienced on Sunday. The team produced a performance to be proud of against AEK, holding the newly-crowned champions to a 0-0 draw. Kerkyra also had a couple of big chance to win the match. Fans of the club will be left with what might have been however as the club suffered relegation due to Lamia’s win over PAS Giannina.