-- At the Karaiskaki, ONLY Olympiacos --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 10
|Olympiacos||3 - 0||Panathinaikos|
Olympiacos thumped Panathinaikos 3-0 at the Karaiskaki Stadium in the SuperLeague’s “El Clasico” to move 7-points ahead of their eternal rivals. Botia opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Elyounoussi added a second five minutes later. A tremendous first half for Olympiacos was capped off with Ideye’s goal one minute before the halftime whistle, giving Olympiacos the 3-0 victory. With today's win, Olympiacos goes 3/3 in this year’s derbies at the Karaiskaki Stadium, making them the clear favorites for this year’s Superleague Title.
As expected, the opening minutes of the game where tense with both teams playing with passion in a heated Karaiskaki Stadium. The first real chance of the game fell to Panathinaikos as Leto was played in on goal and a great defensive tackle from Botia halted Leto’s ability to get a shot off. Only minutes later, Botia was in on the action again as he leaped in the air and met Fortounis’ corner with a perfectly placed header, to give Olympiacos the 1-0 lead. Panathinaikos seemed lost after falling behind and 5 minutes later, Elyounoussi doubled Olympiacos' lead. A fantastic counterattack led by Fortounis ended up with Elyounoussi one-on-one with Steele and the Norwegian made no mistake to give Olympiacos the 2-0 lead. Steele came up with a big save in the 39th minute as Ideye was played into the penalty area, but the Nigerian got his “revenge” with one minute remaining in the half. Fortounis provided another assist from a set play, this time from a freekick, with Ideye’s header leaving no chance for Steele to make a save and Olympiacos took an emphatic 3-0 lead into the break.
After a tremendous first half, Olympiacos gave space to Panathinaikos with the Prasini unable to stir up a comeback. A life line was given to them in the 61st minute when Sidiropoulos wrongfully awarded the visitors a penalty (Botia met the ball rather than the player), but it was not Panathinaikos’ night as Ledesma sent the spot kick wide. Five minutes later, Kapino was subbed off due to an injury and Leali made his first appearance in this year’s Superleague. The final notable chance of the match fell to the hosts when both Elyounoussi and Figueiras were denied by Steele. The final minutes were played out with little action and Sidiropoulos ended the game as Olympiacos celebrated a big victory over their rivals.
Today’s result puts Olympiacos 3 for 3 in this year’s derbies after defeating AEK and PAOK at the Karaiskaki Stadium earlier this season. The Erythrolefki are 7 points ahead of their rivals, who sit in second place with 14 points, and are now the clear favorites to win yet another Superleague title. Panathinaikos will be disappointed with today’s result as a win would have brought them within a point of Olympiacos. The Prasini have only recorded one win in their last 4 Superleague fixtures and Andrea Stramaccioni's position as manager might not be so certain after today's heavy defeat.