Larissa and Iraklis Secure Top Flight Status

Larissa and Iraklis Secure Top Flight Status


Iraklis 2 - 1 Panetolikos
Perrone 53'
Bastakos 85'
Rosa 31'

In Thessaloniki, Iraklis produced an astonishing great escape of Herculean proportions - aptly for their club name - after a 2-1 home win over struggling Panaitolikos saw Greece’s oldest club secure top flight football for next season.

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The match had an inauspicious start for the home side as they fell behind to Brazilian midfielder Farley Rosa’s first-half goal for Panaitolikos a minute after the half-hour mark. But Iraklis kept their cool and after Argentine forward Emanuel Perrone levelled the match in the 53rd minute, Michalis Bastakos then scored the crucial second goal to win it five minutes from full-time and spark wild celebrations among the home fans.

Iraklis’ SuperLeague survival has seemed impossible for long spells of the season as they were rooted to the bottom for more than half of the campaign. But a timely improvement in their form has seen Savvas Pantelidis’ side produce an escape even the great Houdini himself would have been proud of.

Larissa 1 - 0 Xanthi
Anastasopoulos 24'

Larissa secured their SuperLeague status with a narrow 1-0 home win over Skoda Xanthi and the AEL Arena on Sunday in the penultimate match of what has been an eventful campaign for the Thessalian outfit.

A goal from Nikos Anastasopoulos after 24 minutes proved the difference between the two sides in a closely-contested Matchday 29 clash which had the 6,000 home fans chewing their fingernails right to the final whistle.

Thankfully for the Vissini faithful however, their team held on to secure the three points which saw them move up to 13th place but more importantly five points clear of 15th-placed Levadiakos, who will now join Veria in the Football League next season.

by: Graham Wood
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