-- MILI-se o Olympiacos --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 7
|Panionios||0 - 2||Olympiacos|
Olympiacos came away with an important victory in a difficult away match, defeating Panionios 0-2 in Nea Smyrni. The visitors scored in each half, first with Botia and then with a fantastic free-kick from Olympiacos’ best player on the night, Luka Milivojevic. In an overall dull game, the referee Lambropoulos was the focus point of the match with many wrong decisions.
The match began at a good pace for both sides. Panionios was denied their first good opportunity when Ansarifard was played in on goal but was wrongfully called back due to offsides. Only minutes later, Olympiacos found themselves ahead when Botia’s powerful header found the back of the net from Marin’s corner. In the 34th minute, the Panionios’ bench was once again frustrated with Lambropoulos as he failed to give Retsos a second yellow called for an elbow on Fountas. The first half ended with neither team posing a threat on the opposing goal, despite Olympiacos’ 0-1 lead.
After two bad calls from the linesman (offsides) at the beginning of the second half, Retsos came close to doubling Olympiacos’ lead with his shot (from Elyounoussi’s cross) not finding the target. In the 64th minute, the visitors’ best player on the night, Luke Milivojevic, scored with a great free-kick from right outside the penalty area to give Erythrolefki the 0-2 lead (the referee placed the wall well behind 9.1. Meter mark). The goal gave Olympiacos the comfortable advantage before Figueiras’ involvement in the final chance of the game, where his effort was denied by the woodwork. After the match was stopped in the final ten minutes (fans threw things onto the pitch) the game was played out and Olympiacos was victorious 0-2. Both teams ended the match with 10 players as Restos and Vlachos were sent off in the 76th and 88th minutes, respectively.
The win is an important away win for Olympiacos as Panionios is considered one of the better teams in the Superleague and is favored to finish in the European places for next season. Nea Smyrni is a tough place to travel to and Olympiacos will be happy to walk away with all three points from a difficult stadium. On the other hand, Panionios suffered their second defeat on the season before their difficult away match against AEK next week. Olympiacos will host PAOK in Matchday 8 in a big derby match and will hope to have a similar result as their first derby at home to AEK in matchday 6.