-- Larissa Boost Survival Hopes With Vital Win --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 21
|Larissa||2 - 1||Levadiakos|
Larissa moved six points clear of the SuperLeague relegation zone with a vital 2-1 home victory over fellow strugglers Levadiakos in a heated Matchday 21 contest at the AEL Arena on Monday which saw both sides reduced to 10 players.
Croatian midfielder Adnan Aganovic opened the scoring for the hosts in the 22nd minute after a lively start, but Greek midfielder Nikos Kaltsas gave the visitors hope with an equaliser a minute after the hour mark.
But Thoma Nazlidis crossed for Vasilis Rentzas to nod home what proved to be the winning goal with 19 minutes left to secure a much-needed win for Sakis Tsiolis’ Vissini, who remain 13th but move onto 20 points, six clear of the second relegation place occupied by Iraklis.
Both teams then had a player sent off in a niggly two-minute period between the 62nd and 64th minutes, with Larissa’s Milos Deletic given his marching orders for a second booking after his raised an elbow to an opponent, and Levadiakos’ Mohamed Youssouf dismissed also for a similar foul.
Both teams started the match in desperate need of a win coming into the match on a back of a rotten run of results which has left them deep in the relegation dogfight.
Before the match Larissa had not claimed a three-point haul since a 2-1 win over Veria back on January 4, while Levadiakos are without a win since a 3-0 success against Iraklis on November 27.
The result leaves Levadiakos one place below Larissa in 14th, level on 14 points with Iraklis, while Veria are bottom with 13 points.