Lamia hold AEK to exciting draw
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 28
|Lamia||2 - 2||AEK|
|Barrales (P) 34', 53'
Lamia snapped AEK’s three-game winning streak in the Super League, holding the Athenians to an eventful 2:2 draw at home.
In order to mathematically secure third place, AEK needed to beat Lamia in their own backyard, and they made the perfect start with a superb goal from Petros Mantalos. However, after Jeronimo Barrales converted a penalty to equalise, the same player later notched his second to give Lamia the lead. AEK substitute Lucas Boye made it 2:2 midway through the second half, but despite plenty of pressure, the Kitrinomavri couldn’t find the all-important winner.
AEK captain Mantalos broke the deadlock within four minutes. Following a neat combination play with Anastasios Bakasetas, the 27-year-old hit the target with aplomb, as he sent an excellent rising shot beyond Lamia goalkeeper Nikos Melissas.
Moments later, Lamia should have notched an instant response after a poor AEK defensive lapse, but Facundo Bertoglio smacked the woodwork with only Vasilis Barkas to beat. Ezequiel Ponce then passed up a golden opportunity to double AEK’s money when clean through.
Lamia got back on level terms in the 34th minute. After Bakasetas was adjudged to have tripped Danny Bejarano inside the area, Barrales stepped up to the mark, emphatically slotting his ensuing penalty kick into the right corner with Barkas diving in the opposite direction.
Barrales doubled his tally just eight minutes into the second half. Initially, Barkas pulled off a stunning save at point blank range, but after Nenad Krsticic made a sloppy headed clearance, Barrales chested the ball down and smashed a wonderful volley past Barkas.
From then on in, AEK began to increase the intensity of their game. The Enosis were huffing and puffing, and in the 67th minute, they gained their reward. 60 seconds after entering proceedings as a substitute, Lucas Boye connected with a deflected corner to score with the goal at his mercy.
AEK continued playing with the initiative. In a late siege, Krsticic and Giannis Gianniotas fired off target from promising positions, but Lamia held on to claim an important point.
Reigning champions AEK remain in third position, but due to fourth-placed Atromitos beating Aris, their advantage over the Peristeri outfit has been reduced to five points. Lamia sit in ninth spot with 34 points.
Lamia: Melissas, Vasilantopoulos, Adejo, Karypidis, Vanderson, Dimoutsos, Bejarano (Blazic 73’), Karamanos, Bertoglio (Tomas 81’), Assoubre, Barrales (Romanic 78’).
AEK: Barkas, Bakakis, Svarnas, Cosic, Hult, Simoes, Krsticic (Gianniotas 86’), Mantalos, Bakasetas (Boye 66’), Klonaridis (Albanis 31’), Ponce.
HIGHLIGHTS: LAMIA - AEK