-- NEW START WITH OUZOUNIDIS --
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 13
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What a start for Marinos Ouzounidis as Panathinaikos’ manager! The Trifylli defeated PAOK 1-0 in today’s derby with a second half goal from Robin Lod. The win keeps Panathinaikos in the title race while PAOK fall further behind, sitting 11th in the Superleague standings.
It was anything but a derby in the first half with only one registered chance between the two teams. That chance came in the 18th minute, when Leovac ripped a shot that was well saved by Vlachodimos.
Things did not improve in the second half as neither team threatened for an opener (Panathinaikos was better on the pitch), however in the 69th minute, the hosts found the breakthrough from a half chance. Lod tested his left foot with a long ranged effort, which caught Brkic off guard, giving the Prasini a 1-0 lead. PAOK continued to create ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on the attack as the Trifylli searched for a second goal that would seal the victory. In the end, Lod’s strike was enough to separate the sides handing PAOK their third consecutive defeat in the SuperLeague.
The win keeps Panathinaikos within 7-points of first placed Olympiacos while PAOK sit miserably in 11th place with 11 points from 10 games. New manager, Marinos Ouzounidis, will use today's derby victory to build momentum in hopes of cutting Olympiacos’ lead at the top of the table. Next weekend, the Trifylli will have an extremely tough test on the road against 3rd placed (tied with PAS Giannina) Atromitos and PAOK will host Platanias in a must win matchup to stay on track for a spot in the SuperLeague playoffs.
The organized fans of Panathinaikos “Gate 13” boycotted today’s game to express their dissatisfaction with the team's’ recent developments. Instead, there was a banner hung up stating “You all give alibi to liars and thieves. Incompetent executives and mercenary players. We want executives with passion, “manges” with a Panathinaikos mentality.” The absence of the Gate 13 fans contributed to an overall cold environment at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.