SLGR Matchday 9 Recap: Atromitos Stay Top, PAO Win Eternal Derby

SLGR Matchday 9 Recap:
Atromitos Stay Top, PAO Win Eternal Derby

 

GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 9

Date Home Team Score Away Team
28-Oct-17 Larissa 1 - 0 Levadiakos
28-Oct-17 PAS Giannina 2 - 1 Kerkyra
28-Oct-17 Panathinaikos 1 - 0 Olympiacos
29-Oct-17 Xanthi 0 - 2 Atromitos
29-Oct-17 Panetolikos 1 - 1 Apollon Smyrnis
29-Oct-17 Lamia 2 - 0 Platanias
29-Oct-17 Panionios 0 - 1 AEK
30-Oct-17 PAOK 2 - 0 Asteras Tripolis

AGONAsport’s George Tsitsonis brings you a full recap of matchday 9 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 remained top of the table while Panathinaikos celebrated a big derby win in Matchday 9 action of the 2017/18 Greek Super League.

The eternal derby was painted green on Saturday evening as Panathinaikos defeated bitter rivals Olympiacos 1-0 at the Leoforos Stadium. Lucas Villafanez’s 56th minute goal was the difference in relatively subdued derby. Panathinaikos were the better team on the night, though Olympiacos did have chances late on to pull level. Panathinaikos move up to 7th  with the victory, only a point behind Olympiacos who are 13 points and in a three-way tie for fourth place. 

Atromitos came through the always difficult away trip to Xanthi with a solid 2-0 win. Goals by Amr Warda and Nicolas Diguiny gave Damir Canadi’s a big victory which keeps them top of the table for another week. 

PAOK had little trouble overcoming the resistance of Asteras Tripolis 2-0. Mauricio scored a brace for PAOK with his goals coming three minutes apart just shortly before halftime. The win moved PAOK into 2nd while Asteras share last place with Platanias. 

AEK defeated Panionios 1-0 thanks to a late Sergio Araujo goal. However, the victory was a bittersweet one for Manolo Jimenez and company as Petros Mantalos went down with a serious knee injury. Araujo’s goal on 81 minutes gave AEK the three points they probably deserved based on the balance of play.

Elsewhere, it was the home sides who were left smiling after the weekend play. Lamia used a Stavros Vasilantopoulos brace to power past struggling Platanias 2-0. PAS Giannina came from behind to defeat Kerkyra 2-1 with two goals in the last 15 minutes from Pedro Conde and Evripidis Giakos. Kerkyra had opened the scoring in the 71st from striker Giorgos Pamlidis.

Larisa ended Levadiakos’ unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory that came from a Thomas Nazlidis header seconds before the final whistle. Finally, Panetolikos had the chances, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Apollon Smirnis. Jorge Diaz giving hosts Panetolikos the lead before the break only for Apollon to equalize on the hour through Christos Albanis. 

Matchday MVP - Stavros Vasilantopoulos (Lamia)

Usually a right-back, Vasilantopoulos was exceptional for Lamia against Platanias on Sunday in a further advanced role. Playing on the right side of midfield, the on-loan AEK player made a series of late runs on the weak side and scored a brace leading Lamia to a 2-0 win. It was a top-notch display by the 25-year-old who has impressed since going to Lamia in the summer. 

Goal of the Matchday - Amr Warda (Atromitos)

The Egyptian scored a great, curling free-kick to help lead Atromitos to the win over Xanthi. Minutes before halftime, the 24-year-old lined up from more than 20 yards out to strike a free-kick that curled over the wall and beat Zivko Zivkovic in the Xanthi goal. It was a fine effort from a player who has a high level of skill and is showing signs of a renaissance since going to Atromitos on loan from PAOK. 

Save of the Matchday - Andreas Gianniotis (Atromitos)

The Atromitos goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic stop just after the break against Xanthi. With Atromitos clinging to a 1-0 lead, Erik Jendrisek ended up with the ball near goal. The Slovakian’s shot however was saved expertly by Gianniotis who used quick reflexes and movement off his line to make a massive block and keep Atromitos in the lead. 

Play of the Matchday - Panetolikos-Apollon Smirnis

A superb all-around play in the 52nd minute of this match. Panetolikos’ Clesio picked up the ball well inside his own half before going on a brilliant 40-yard run. The Mozambique forward played a delightful give and go with Jorge Diaz before evading a tackle inside the box. Just before he could shoot on goal, fine goalkeeping from Ivan Covic saw the Croatian come off his line quickly to snag the ball off Clesio’s boot. 

Team Performance of the Matchday - Panathinaikos

Marinos Ouzounidis and his players have had to deal with plenty of issues off the pitch concerning the club’s perilous financial positioning. However, that has not stopped the team’s positive performances over the last few weeks. The Prasini have shown a resilience necessary in difficult time and in Saturday’s derby with Olympiacos they were easily the better side. It was not a great display against their rivals, but it was one full of commitment, pride, and belief. Surely, the club will need more of these if they are to remain near the top of the standings as the season progresses.

Surprise of the Matchday - Larisa

Levadiakos came to the AEL FC Arena this weekend having gone undefeated in their first eight matches. They couldn’t make it nine though as Larisa picked up their second consecutive win. Looking broken and dispirited after seven matches, the Vissini have recovered in the last two games to win away to Platanias and against Levadiakos on Saturday. The performance against Levadiakos was easily the team’s best of the season with good attacking play balanced with a firm defense. More performances like this will surely see the Thessaly club continue to rise up the table. 

Disappointment of the Matchday - Olympiacos

There is no shame in losing 1-0 to your biggest rivals, disappointment yes, but no shame. However, Olympiacos supporters must be worried after seeing their team’s performance in Saturday’s derby against Panathinaikos. Though the Erythrolefki threatened on a few occasions late on, it was nearly 80 minutes before the team created a clear-cut goalscoring chance. They are the disappointment of the matchday, not purely because of the defeat, but more so in the manner in which it came. 
 

 
by George Tsitsonis
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