Fortounis double leads Olympiacos to victory over Panetolikos

Fortounis double leads Olympiacos to victory over Panetolikos


Panetolikos 1 - 4 Olympiacos
Engels (OG) 27'

Fortounis 6', 62'
Ansarifard 66'
Durdevic 90'+1'

Olympiacos moved back to the top of the Superleague on Saturday after they proved too strong for battling Panaitolikos, winning 4-1 in Agrinio as they looked to put their Champions League disappointments firmly behind them.

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Takis Lemonis’ reigning champions, whose European campaign ended with the Piraeus giants finishing bottom of Group D in mid-week after a 2-0 home defeat by Juventus, got off to a perfect start by taking the lead after just six minutes through Kostas Fortounis.

The home side responded well though and drew level just before the half-hour mark when Bjorn Engels turned the ball past his own goalkeeper Silvio Proto.

But the Erythrolefki had too much quality for Makis Chavos’ with Fortounis making it 2-1 in the 62nd minute with his second of the night, before 27-year-old Iran striker Karim Ansarifard added a third four minutes later.

Uroš Đurđević, Ansarifard’s 77th-minute replacement, completed the scoring in the first minute of added time.

The result means Olympiacos climb to the top of the table - at least for 24 hours - with 29 points from 14 matches, two points clear of AEK, who host Kerkyra on Sunday and will hope to reclaim top spot.

Panaitolikos remain in 14th, hovering dangerously over the relegation zone just three points clear of trouble.

by Graham Wood
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