Veria Wave Goodbye With a Win, Panionios Stutter Again
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
|Kerkyra||1 - 0||Panionios|
Panionios’ disappointing end to the season continued as the Nea Smyrni outfit slumped to a second defeat in three matches by losing at lowly Kerkyra.
Vladan Milojevic’s team, who just a few weeks earlier were in second place challenging Olympiacos for the title, seem to have run out of steam and could not find a response to Denis Epstein’s 26th-minute goal for the home side.
Panionios will need to regroup ahead of the playoffs if they want to avoid seeing such a promising season go to waste, starting with their final home match of the regular season against relegated Levadiakos next weekend.
|Veria||4 - 3||Asteras Tripolis|
|Linardos 11', 21'
|Manias 4', 8', 55'
Veria gave their long-suffering fans a performance to be proud of in their last home game as a SuperLeague club as the relegated team at the foot of the table defeated Asteras Tripolis 4-3 in an exciting match.
Things did not begin well for ‘The Queen of the North’ as an early double from Tripolis striker Michalis Manias (4, 8) looked to have put the visitors firmly in control and another miserable defeat looked to be on the cards.
But three quick goals in a crazy 10-minute spell from Panagiotis Linardos (10, 20) and Pantelis Kapetanos (13) turned the match on its head with Veria moving 3-2 up.
When Dutch midfielder Jeffrey Sarpong (37) then added a fourth for Veria before half-time it took the goals tally to six in an astonishing opening 45-minute period of attacking football from both sides.
The scoring was not finished there, though, with Manias notching an impressive hat-trick with another goal for Tripolis in the 55th minute. No more goals followed as the tempo slowed and Veria held onto claim a rare three-point haul.