It seems qualifying in the Europa League in such an emphatic way was just the cure Olympiacos were looking for, as they came back with a vengeance in the Greek Super League as well with a 3-0 thrashing of Lamia.
The Piraeus side played impressive football at times, hiding away the ball from their opponents and finally appear to have solved their difficulty in reaching their opponent’s net.
Despite some opportunities wasted in the first half, Pedro Martins’ men showed the same amount of patience they displayed against the “rossonerri” and eventually found their way to the goal after a swift exchange of passes within the area between Natcho, Fortounis and Guerrero, with the latter just tapping the ball into the back of the net.
The home side opened the second half by extending their lead after a cross by Elabdellaoui missed the head of Guerrero but found Fetfatzidis at the far post who blasted it into the goal. Elabdellaoui himself added his name to the score sheet on the 51st minute.
This win brought Olympiacos back up to second place, as Atromitos could not find any points at the Olympic Stadium against Panathinaikos.
A fine goal by Federico Macheda was all it took to make the difference between the two teams, despite several opportunities wasted by the Peristeri side, including a missed penalty kick by Koulouris that was saved by Dioudis.
AEK also returned to poor form this weekend, dropping another two points at Larissa. In fact, it was the home side who were left heartbroken in the end, as forward Bargan missed an incredible opportunity having carried the ball past goalkeeper Barkas, yet failing to score in front of an empty net.
PAOK continued their unbeaten run this week as well, with an away win at Livadia. By the 46th minute, Razvan Lucesu’s men were already two goals in front, with Levadiakos only managing to pull one back fifteen minutes before the end.
Aris lost points at home against Panetolikos in a game that had everything, including red cards, missed penalties, goals from corner kicks and last minute heartbreaks.
Currently, PAOK remains eight points clear (38) of Olympiacos (30), while Atromitos are third with 28. AEK follows with 24 and Panathinaikos is fifth with 22.
The teams prepare for their final games before the winter break, with Olympiacos hosting AEL, Panathinaikos going to Panetolikos, PAOK welcoming Giannena and AEK facing Levadiakos.
SUPER LEAGUE DAY 14 RESULTS
PAS Giannena – Panionios 3-1 (51′ Nikolias, 83′, 88′ pen. Giakos) / 82′ Durmishaj)
Aris – Panetolikos 1-2 (71′ Diguiny, 28′ sent off Cuesta / 63′ Malis, 74′ pen. Lucero)
Asteras Tripolis – OFI 2-1 (62′, 87′ Tonso / 26′ Deligiannidis)
Apollon Smyrnis – Xanthi 1-0 (59′ Jaguaribe)
AEL – AEK 0-0
Panathinaikos – Atromitos 1-0 (24′ Macheda, 90’+5′ sent off Donis)
Olympiacos – Lamia 3-0 (32′ Guerrero, 46′ Fetfatzidis, 51′ Elabdellaoui)
Levadiakos – PAOK 1-2 (75′ Zisopoulos / 41′ Prijovic, 46′ Biseswar)
DAY 15 FIXTURES
Saturday 22 December
Panetolikos – Panathinaikos
OFI – Atromitos
Panionios – Asteras Tripolis
Sunday 23 December
AEK – Levadiakos
Lamia – Apollon Smyrnis
Olympiacos – AEL
Xanthi – Aris
PAOK – PAS Giannena