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GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 2
|Asteras Tripolis||3 - 2||AEK|
|Pekhart 36', 68'
AEK went winless for a third straight game in the Greek Superleague, falling to Asteras Tripolis 3-2 on the road. Pekhart gave AEK the lead in the first half before Asteras responsed with two goals from Stanisavljevic and Igor to take the lead. Pekhart equalized for AEK in the 68th minute, but Tsoukalas gave the hosts the victory 9 minutes from the end. Vranjes was sent off in his debut for the Enosis.
The poor playing conditions (snow) prevented either side from creating a good chance on goal in the opening 30 minutes, but at the 36 minute mark Pekhart found the breakthrough with his headed goal from Christodoulopoulos’ cross. The 0-1 scoreline stood at halftime.
It was a completely different game in the second half as Asteras Tripolis found the back of the net on three occasions. The hosts equalized three minutes after the restart with a powerful shot from Stanisavljevic inside the penalty area. Minutes later, the crossbar denied Manias from scoring the hosts second goal while Mantalos missed a great opportunity to give AEK the 1-2 lead in the 55th minute.
Midway through the second half, it was Asteras Tripolis who would take the lead when Igor’s strike found the top corner, leaving no chance for Barkas to make a save. Despite falling behind, AEK quickly responded when Pekhart was played in on goal as brought the game on level terms.
In the 71st minute, Vranjes was handed his second yellow card of the game and AEK was left with 10-men. It was Vranjes’ first game as an AEK player since his move to the club a few weeks ago. Asteras Tripolis took full advantage of the extra man as they found the winning goal nine minutes from time, when Tsoukalas cleverly tapped the ball into AEK’s goal from Kaltsas’ cross. The Kitrinomavri were unable to construct a response and Asteras Tripolis added to AEK’s woes this season, winning the match 3-2.
The loss keeps AEK winless for a third consecutive match in the Superleague as they sit tied for 5th (with Atromitos) in the standings. The Enosis are 13-points behind the league leaders, Olympiacos, having played an extra game. As for Asteras, the win puts them 7 points clear of the relegation zone.