All but one team at the top of the table in the Greek Super League continued their course with victories, Atromitos being the exception.
The team from Peristeri was expected to have an easy afternoon against Apollon Smyrnis at Rizoupoli, a team who has not yet tasted victory in the league, yet that wasn’t the case as the hosts showed great defensive capabilities and made things difficult for their visitors.
Atromitos followed the same tactics that they have using throughout the course of the season, yet it didn’t seem to be as effective this time around, as their opponents took an early lead through Triadis on the 26th minute.
Damir Canadi’s men were fortunate to find an equaliser before the end of the first half (39′ Kotsopoulos), however for the remainder of the game they were mostly on the back foot.
This result means they now drop to third, as Olympiacos managed to get the three points against Panetolikos, although they did create a lot of unnecessary trouble for themselves, once more in the season.
The ‘red-and-whites’, who had Lazaros Christodoulopoulos in their starting lineup, did find two early goals from Podence (11′) and Guerrero (26′) and maintained the pressure on their visitors.
The result of this was a red card to Panetolikos defender Chantakias, yet once more, Olympiacos was unable to put the game to rest and wasted many opportunities.
Panetolikos was able to get one back through Kamara on the 70th minute to turn up the heat at the Karaiskakis stadium, yet the team from Etoloakarnania wasn’t able to capitalise on it, and eventually the game went to the home side.
PAOK were also victorious this week as they travelled to Lamia to face the local team.
One goal from Varela after a free kick by Pelkas was enough to give his team the win.
After the game was over, both teams had terrible complaints against the referee, with PAOK complaining about a red card toward Jose Canas and Lamia asking for a penalty that was never awarded.
AEK returned to form this weekend, as they managed to overcome the obstacle of Xanthi at the Olympic Stadium.
One goal at the start of the game and another near the end of it made the difference between the two teams, as the champions offered their fans a good performance for the first time in a long while.
This win will help ease tensions in the locker rooms of the ‘black-and-yellows’, as they attempt to leave behind them a recent string of negative results.
What was without doubt the most interesting game of the weekend was played at the Kleanthis Vikelidis stadium, where Aris hosted Panathinaikos.
The ‘god of war’ put the pressure from early on towards the youthful side of the ‘greens’ and attempted to close them down inside their area.
However, it seems that the intense atmosphere created by the Aris fans influenced the… referee as well, as he awarded not one but two penalties toward the home side, before even 15 minutes were up.
Hamza Younes had a 50 per cent accuracy from the white spot, giving his team the advantage, a result that remained until half time.
Aris continued to put pressure on Panathinaikos, yet Giorgos Donis’ men tried to come out of their own half a bit more in the second half.
The home side was more than happy to give their visitors possession of the ball and try to end the game on the counter-offensive, however Velez’ shot bounced of the right bar.
And even though the Athens club was reduced to ten men due to a harsh tackle by Federico Macheda, they did manage to equalise in the same style as their opponents.
A penalty decision by referee Tzovaras on a Siopis tackle on Mpouzoukis gave Chatzigiovannis the chance to convert the penalty in the same style as Panenka once did and send his team home with the one point.
For the next round of the Super League, Aris will go to Atromitos while Olympiacos travels to Xanthi.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE DAY 12 RESULTS
Saturday 01 December
- AEL – Panionios 4-2 (14′, 64′ Nunic, 53′ Milosavljevic, 58′ Bargan / 18′ Masouras, 90’+2′ Durmishaj, 39′ sent off Tsiloulis)
- Apollon Smyrnis – Atromitos 1-1 (26′ Triadis / 39′ Kotsopoulos)
- PAS Giannena – OFI 1-1 (84′ Athanasiadis / 55′ Potouridis)
Sunday 02 December
- Levadiakos – Asteras Tripolis 0-2 (50′ sent off Sawadogo / 64′ Tonso, 90′ Fernandez)
- Aris – Panathinaikos 1-1 (15′ pen. Younes / 89′ sent off Macheda, 90’+3′ pen. Chatzigiovannis)
- AEK- Xanthi 2-0 (8′ Ponce, 90′ Livaja)
Monday 03 December
- Lamia – PAOK 0-1 (55′ Varela, 63′ sent off Canas)
- Olympiacos – Panetolikos 2-1 (11′ Podence, 26′ Guerrero / 53′ sent off Chantakias, 70′ Kamara)
DAY 13 FIXTURES
Saturday 08 December
- Asteras Tripolis – PAS Giannena
- AEK – Lamia
Sunday 09 December
- Xanthi – Olympiacos
- OFI – Panathinaikos
- Atromitos – Aris
- PAOK – AEL
Monday 10 December
- Panetolikos – Apollon Smyrnis
- Panionios – Levadiakos