Misfiring Greens Slip Up at Iraklis
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 24
|Iraklis||1 - 1||Panathinaikos|
|Thelander (og) 73'||Berg (p) 37'|
Panathinaikos’ hopes of moving into the top three were thwarted on Saturday as a determined Iraklis team came from behind to secure a hard-earned 1-1 draw at the Kaftanzoglio stadium in Thessaloniki.
Sweden striker Marcus Berg opened the scoring for the Greens from the penalty spot after 37 minutes after he was upended by home defender Albert Roussos, but then the SuperLeague top scorer went on to miss a hatful of chances.
Panathinaikos were by far the batter team throughout, but Marinos Ouzounidis’ team were punished for their wasted opportunities in the 72nd minute when Leozinho’s piercing run down the left and cross was turned into his own net by PAO’s Danish defender Rasmus Thelander.
Another frustrating night of dropped points in what has been a frustrating season for the Greens, who remain in fourth spot as a result with 42 points from their 24 matches played. Xanthi can move level with Panathinaikos if they beat Kerkyra away on Sunday.
For Iraklis, it is a crucial point won as they fight for their SuperLeague status in the run in to the end of the season. The Thessaloniki club remain in the second relegation spot but are only a single point adrift of 14th-placed Levadiakos, who host Asteras Tripolis on Monday night.