Cardozo Keeps Olympiacos in Control

-- Cardozo Keeps Olympiacos in Control  --


PAS Giannina 0 - 2 Olympiacos
Cardozo 68'
Seba 90'+2'

Olympiacos and PAS Giannina battled against a terrible pitch at Zosimades with Paulo Bento’s team securing a 2-0 win. A red card given to Andi Lila in the first half seemed to play a crucial role in the eventual result. Oscar Cardozo and Seba scored for Olympiacos who maintained their 7-point lead over Panathinaikos atop the Greek SuperLeague.

Both sides exchanged chances in the opening period with Olympiacos having the more numerous and better of the opportunities. Both goalkeepers were solid and no team could break the deadlock. In the 42nd minute, Kostas Fortounis looked to have been fouled in the box by Lila. The Albanian midfielder received his marching orders by picking up his second yellow card, however the infraction was given as a free-kick outside the box rather than a penalty.

Olympiacos controlled the match more so after the expulsion and pressured more in the second half. That led to a breakthrough on 68 minutes when the superb Seba produced a wonderful cross for Cardozo to score his first goal for Olympiacos, as the Paraguayan tapped into an empty net at the back post.

Credit to Giannis Petrakis’ PAS side who tried to find a way back into the match, but were ultimately let down by some wayward finishing and kept at bay by the continued good play by Nicolas Leali in the Olympiacos goal. Two minutes into injury time, the Erythrolefki added a second as Luca Milivojevic’s fine ball saw Seba lob Kostas Peristeridis and ensure that the league leaders won their 9th match of the season.

The win not only keeps Olympiacos with their cushion at the top of the standings (7-points clear of Panathinaikos) but also gives Olympiacos another three points in yet another tough away test. The Erythrolefki have already defeated Panionios and Atromitos on the road earlier this season. PAS drop their second in a row following last week’s loss to Iraklis and are now down to 6th place with 17 points. 


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by: Giorgos Tsitsonis. Contact the writer at
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