-- Panathinaikos to the Top --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 6
|Panathinaikos||3 - 1||Asteras Tripolis|
Ledesma (p) 39', (p) 89'
|Ioannidis (p) 67'
Panathinaikos defeated Asteras Tripolis 3-1 at home to move atop the SuperLeague Standings. Berg opened the score 23 seconds into play and Ledesma doubled the advantage from the penalty spot before the end of the first half. Asteras Tripolis was left with 10-men but pulled one back with Ioannidis’ penalty and Ledesma sealed the Prasini’s victory late in the game with yet another penalty.
Panathinaikos wasted no time to find an opener and 23 seconds into play, Berg found the back of the net to give Panathinaikos a tremendous start to the match. It was evident that the early goal troubled Asteras with the visitors slowly balancing out the game after the 20 minute mark. Regardless, Panathinaikos controlled the pace and in the 39th minute the hosts were awarded a controversial penalty after Giannoulis’ committed a foul on Villafanez. From the spot, Ledesma doubled Panathinaikos’ advantage before the break.
Asteras looked for an early goal in the second half, but their efforts on target were easily dealt with by Steele. It seemed that everything finished for the Arkades when Farina was given a straight red card for spitting on Koutroubis. This gave extra motivation for Panathinaikos who created two good chances with Ibarbo but the goal scoring problems for the Colombian continued as his first attempt was saved by Kosicky and his header in the 60th minute was denied by the woodwork. Asteras got back into the game in the 67th minute when a clumsy foul from Ivanov (very poor on the night) on Tsoukalas resulted in a penalty for the visitors, which was successfully converted by Ioannidis. Asteras came very close to pull level soon after, but Zeca’s heroic defensive effort denied Tsilianidis the equalizer. The Prasini once again took control of the game and secured their victory when Ledesma converted another penalty (with minutes remaining) that was won by Hult. The final whistle sent Panathinaikos atop the SuperLeague standings with 10 points.
Panathinaikos will now await the result of today’s derby match between Olympiacos and AEK as they hope for a favorable outcome to stay in first place in the League. After the break, they will look for another three points at home to Xanthi. Asteras continues to remain without a point after four matches and will see their Matchday 7 fixture with Platanias, in Tripoli, as a must win game