Late Drama As Thrylos Takes Derby (Matchday 8 Recap)

Late Drama As Thrylos Takes Derby
(Matchday 8 Recap)


Olympiacos came out 2-1 winners over PAOK in the headlining fixture of Matchday 8 in the 2016/17 Greek SuperLeague. Paulo Bento’s side did not produce their best performance, however they managed to take three points thanks to an injury-time winner from Luka Milivojevic. PAOK conversely played well, created numerous goalscoring chances, but ultimately were left with nothing to show for their efforts.

Olympiacos were not only able to land a blow to PAOK's title hopes, but their other rivals for the championship also endured a frustrating weekend. Panathinaikos gave a up a late goal away to Veria and dropped two crucial points in their 1-1 draw.

AEK disappointed in the debut of new manager Jose Morais drawing 0-0 with Panionios. PAS Giannina produced the result of the weekend by defeating Larisa 4-0, Spanish attacker Pedro Conde contributing with a hat-trick.

Atromitos and Xanthi kept up their recent revivals with away wins. Atromitos used two late strikes to pass through Thessaloniki defeating Iraklis 2-1. Xanthi were victorious in Chania as they beat faltering Platanias 1-0.

Kerkyra opened up the weekend with an important 2-0 win over Asteras Tripolis. Finally, Levadiakos were 2-1 winners over Panetolikos in a midtable clash. 

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Olympiacos 2 - 1 PAOK
Varela (og) 25'
Milivojevic 90'+6'
Varela 6'

PAOK had the better of the weekend’s big derby against Olympiacos, however it was the home side and defending champions who pulled off the dramatic 2-1 win. Vladan Ivic’s side perhaps deserved something from this match, however an inability once again to convert good goalscoring chances allowed Olympiacos to stay in the game and grab the three points late on.
PAOK found themselves off to a dream start with a goal barely 6 minutes in. A corner was met by Stelios Malezas, Stefano Kapino made the save for Olympiacos only for defender Fernando Varela to follow and give the visitors the lead.

Olympiacos drew level in the 25th. Kostas Fortounis played a nice diagonal ball through to Brown Ideye and the Nigerian’s cross was turned into his own net by Varela who went from hero to goat in rapid style.

Just after the hour a fine through ball found Djalma Campos who went against Kapino one-on-one, but only to fire his chance wide. Ten minutes from time, PAOK goalkeeper Panagiotis Glykos produced perhaps the save of the weekend when he turned over Manuel da Costa’s header in brilliant fashion.

PAOK continued to search for the winner, but deep into injury time it was Olympiacos who grabbed a dramatic winner. Fortounis played the ball back to Diogo Figueiras whose cross was met by a snap header from Luka Milivojevic that beat Glykos to the back post.

Smoke from flares thrown by fans saw the match stopped toward the end with PAOK players leaving for the locker rooms. Eventually, the smoke blew away and the game was resumed.  
The victory maintains Olympiacos’ status as league leaders as they climb to 15 points, 4 ahead of nearest challengers AEK and Panathinaikos and 7 in front of PAOK. The Dikefalos tou Vorra remains stuck on 8 points following a three-points deduction.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Veria 1 - 1 Panathinaikos
Balafas 88' Berg 13'

Another week and another frustrating result for Panathinaikos. The Prasini gave up a late goal in a 1-1 draw away to Veria and thereby left two more points on the table in a title race already going Olympiacos' way. 

The final result was not so apparent in a first half dominated by the Trifylli. Andrea Strammacioni's men came firing out of the blocks, pinning Veria back in a half where there had 8 shots on target and many of them good opportunities. Panathinaikos opened the  scoring in the 13th minute. And it was a superb team goal for the away team in a sequence that included 9 passes and eventually led to  Victor Ibarbo serving Marcus Berg for the finish. Chance after chance followed for Panathinaikos and by the break they should have been up by at least 3 or 4 goals.

The second half saw Panathinaikos run out of gas as Veria slowly crept back into the game. Jonathan Lopez's heroics in goal kept Veria in the game and late on came the moment the home supporters were waiting for. Defender Ivan Malone sent in a cross and the ball ended on the foot of Sotiris Balafas and the defensive midfielder powered him the equalizer with only two minutes to play.

More dropped points for Panathinaikos who move up into sole position of second place with 12 points, but the disappointment will be huge. Veria meanwhile under Thomas Grafas have improved and are now in 13th place with 5 points.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


AEK 0 - 0 Panionios

A toothless display by AEK in attack saw Jose Morais’ new club fail to fire in a 0-0 draw at home with Panionios. The Nea Smyrni team will be the happier of the two sides with the point. AEK meanwhile need to find the remedy for their attacking weaknesses which is beginning to cost them some serious points. Though AEK had the upper-hand throughout, they still failed to adequately pressure Panionios for long stretches.

AEK’s first decent chance came in the 25th minute. Petros Mantalos did well on the left to find space and his inch-perfect cross was my Dmytro Chygrynskiy who sent his header wide from a great position 6 yards out. Christos Aravidis had the team’s next opportunity, but he too failed to test Andrea Gianniotis by sending his left-footed effort off target from Didac’s low cross.
AEK maintained a slight dominance in the second half and Aravidis went closer with his header in the 62nd which flashed just wide. When Gianniotis failed to claim a corner in the 73rd, Mantalos lashed the ball into the cheap seats.

The results move AEK in 2nd place in the SuperLeague with 11 points, 4 less than leaders Olympiacos. Panionios reside in 4th on 10 points in a very positive start of the season. 

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


PAS Giannina 4 - 0 Larissa
Conde 10', 52', 74'
Giakos 27'

Pedro Conde’s hat-trick saw PAS Giannina run away with their Matchday 9 home tie against Larisa. The comprehensive 4-0 victory showed just how strong Giannis Petrakis’ team is this season.

10 minutes in and PAS had first blood. Evripidis Giakos crossed for Conde to get the touch needed to guide the ball into the net. Scorer and provider switched roles for Giannina’s second on 27 minutes. Conde’s run behind the Larisa backline saw him play across the middle to Giakos who sold his first shot fake perfectly and finished with his left just inside the box.
Soon after halftime it was 3-0. Jairo’s tremendous pass from behind the halfway line released Conde, who after a brilliant first-touch and run into the area, supplied the cool finish to raise the score to 3-0.

In the 74th minute, the rout and Conde’s hat-trick was completed. Once again the Spanish forward reacted quickest to a ball played into the box and he had no trouble beating Zacharias Kavousakis.

Giannina are riding high at the moment, tied for 5th place in the standings and they also have a game-in-hand. Larisa defeated Olympiacos a few games ago, but since then the team have not produced the goods leaving them on only on 5 points in 13th place.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Iraklis 1 - 2 Atromitos
Loukinas 84'

Umbides (p) 79'
Tonso 88'

In a game that sparked to life in the last 20 minutes, Atromitos picked up another big win as they disposed of Iraklis away 2-1. Giorgos Korakakis can seemingly do no wrong at Atromitos. After taking over for Traianos Dellas, the Atromitos boss has led his side to three wins and a draw. This was the latest win in the club’s rich vein of form. Iraklis on the other hand battled  admirably once again only to come up just short. While the displays this season have been positive on the whole from Iraklis, the lack of many points (2 points, 16th place) is extremely concerning.

A sleepy game at the Kaftantzoglio Stadium came alive towards the end. In the 75th minute, Iraklis goalkeeper Xuanderson saved from Anthony Le Tallec with a point-blank stop. Minutes later however and the away team were in front. Milos Stojcev drove into the box only to be taken down for the referee to award a penalty. Javier Umbides scored to give Atromitos the advantage.

Iraklis did not crumble at that point, instead they struck back quickly. A long ball into the box by Pavlos Kyriakidis found Giannis Pasas whose header was converted by Giannis Loukinas. The drama didn’t end there and unfortunately for Iraklis it was Atromitos who found the late drama to their liking. Kyriakidis lost the ball in midfield, Stojcev used his speed to get into the area before squaring for Martin Tonso. The Argentine’s superb cutback saw him take out two players and he stroked the ball into the open net for the game-winner. It may have been cruel once again on Iraklis, but Atromitos fully deserved the points after another solid display.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Kerkyra 2 - 0 Asteras Tripolis
Thuram 16', 28'

A first-half brace by Brazilian Thuram gave Kerkyra a massive three points on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Asteras Tripolis. It was Michalis Grigoriou’s team’s first win since the opening day of the campaign. Since then, Kerkyra had lost four straight, while Asteras came into the match on the back of their first of the season last weekend. It was decent game at the Kerkyra Stadium with both sides intent on getting forward and trying to create opportunities.

Thuram converted a cross into an empty net in the 18th minute to make it 1-0 for the home side. Both clubs traded chances in the next 10 minutes in a very open first half. But, it was Kerkyra who doubled their lead just before the half hour.

Panagiotis Zorbas produced a perfectly weighted pass over the top of the Asteras backline, Thuram ran onto the ball, chested it down and half-volleyed past Tomas Kosicky to make it 2-0.
Asteras’ Nicolas Fernandez had a good, low strike in the 64th that was pushed away by Fotis Koutzavasilis. Fernandez threatened again just minutes later, but his long-range shot was wide of the mark. Thuram should have done better in the 72st, but his header flew well over. Pablo Mazza should have done much better with his free header just a few yards out in the 75th, but the chance went straight to Koutzavasilis.

Fernandez headed wide late open in Asteras’ last decent chance, while Thuram squandered yet another big opportunity deep into injury-time when he failed to convert from close range.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Platanias 0 - 1 Xanthi
Younes 19'

A Younes Hamza header was the difference as Xanthi impressed for the second week in a row slipping by Platanias 1-0 away. Razvan Lucescu’s men surprised everyone with last weekend’s big win against Panathinaikos at Leoforos and on Saturday they picked up their second consecutive win.

Hamza produced a superb header from a long free-kick on 18 minutes to put Xanthi ahead. Platanias’ best chance of the match was when Juan Munafo released Giorgos Giakoumakis just before halftime only for his shot to be awkwardly blocked by Zivko Zivkovic.

Platanias controlled most of the proceedings with Xanthi content to sit back and play on the counter. However, Giorgo Paraschos’ side ultimately disappointing, especially in the second half when they could threaten the Xanthi goal with a series of half chances. After beginning the season on fire, Platanias have now fallen to 9th place in recent weeks, while Xanthi from being near the bottom are now 10th, even with Platanias on 8 points.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


Levadiakos 11:15 AM Panetolikos
Sun, 23-Oct

Levadiakos held on against a Panetolikos comeback bid to win 2-1 on Sunday in Livadeia. Goals either side of halftime suggested an easy finish to the match for Levadiakos. However, the closing of this match was anything but comfortable for the home side and Panetolikos will be upset not to have claimed a point.  

Both teams could have struck with early chances in a lively opening period. Levadiakos made it 1-0 just before the half when Petros Giakoumakis’ deflected effort found the back of the net. It was quickly 2-0 after the break. Vangelis Mantzios danced past two defenders with a run that began near the corner flag. Mantzios shot from a tight angle only to hit the base of the post, but teammate Toni Silva was on hand to pick up the rebound and slot home. Amr Warda threatened with a blistering drive a few minutes later as Panetolikos tried to gain a foothold and get back into the match.

That happened in the 73rd as Panetolikos were awarded a penalty when Jackson Mendy committed a push on Marko Markovski inside the box. Markovski stepped up and beat Stanislav Namasco to pull back to 2-1. Osmar Ferreyra’s free-kick a short while later nearly hit the mark. Another Ferreyra delivery late on saw Giorgos Kousas miss over the bar as Panetolikos were unable to find the elusive equalizer.

*More on this match, including highlights, can be found here...


by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at tsitsonisg.agonasport@gmail.com
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