Greens show signs of life with first away win at Larissa
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 22
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It was a long time in coming but Panathinaikos finally won away from home in the SuperLeague on Monday night, defeating Larissa 1-0 thanks to a goal from Finland international midfielder Robin Lod.
Lod found the back of the home side’s net after 19 minutes of this matchday 22 clash at the AEL FC Arena to claim three vital points and end an 11-match run without a victory away from their Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium home in Athens.
It’s a result which helped Panathinaikos move on to 27 points and up to seventh place, which means that despite their poor season due to crippling financial problems, the Greens are now just four points behind Panionios who occupy fifth spot with eight matches to play.
The scoreline did not tell the whole story of a one-sided match in Thessaly as Marinos Ouzounidis’ struggling team produced a rare impressive performance to dominate proceedings and create a clutch of scoring chances.
Indeed, the Greens’ margin of victory here could have been much more had it not been for some wasteful finishing and fine goalkeeping from the Vissini’s Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic, who produced several fine stops to deny PAO.
Panathinaikos, playing in their all-white change strip, went on the front foot from the kick-off and were rewarded for a bright start with the crucial goal when Christos Donis flicked on for Lod to race clear and shoot past Bozovic.
It should have been 2-0 to the visitors just four minutes later but Larissa defender Nikola Žižić somehow got his body in the way of Donis’ close-range effort to clear the ball off the line after good work from Lod.
PAO continued to press forward into the second half and Bozovic came to the rescue for the home side in the 57th minute, saving from young Greek winger Anastasios Chatzigiovannis who was presented with a great chance to score from Lod’s pass.
Larissa’s only decent opening came in the 89th minute and the PAO players had their hearts in their collective mouths when a cross found its way to Radomir Milosavljević, however, the Serbian striker’s header was off target and the Trifyli held on to finally celebrate a well-deserved away success.