Greek Super League One continued over the weekend with a number of exciting games.
In Piraeus, Olympiacos extended their recent impressive run by dominating newly relegated Volos 5-0, proving that they’re in great form ahead of their UEFA Champions League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red and Whites scored in the opening minutes (12′) after a Valbuena corner kick found Guillherme’s head, yet remained relatively quiet for the next hour. In the last 20 minutes of the game however, a storm erupted in the Volos area, with the home side scoring another four times to settle the encounter.
Olympiacos now have three out of three wins in their first games of the tournament, as do champions PAOK, who were able to escape from Peristeri with a narrow 2-3 win thanks to a Jose Crespo goal late in injury time.
Abel Ferreira’s men scored twice in a space of five minutes in the first half (goals by Akpom and Matos) and thought they would be cruising to an easy win, yet their openings in defence gave the home side a chance to come back into the game.
Apostolos Vellios capitalised on a cross by Manousos to reduce the margin of PAOK’s lead late in the first half and, as if that wasn’t enough, he brought the two teams level after a wonderful solo effort in the 52nd minute.
The champions came back out on the attack, hunting for that crucial goal that would allow them to escape without any losses from this difficult ground and found it late in the game after a free kick was headed by Varela, landing into the back of the Atromitos net.
But after consulting with the VAR, the referee cancelled the goal correctly, as the defender from Cape Verde began his effort from an offside position. But the visitors weren’t disheartened by this fact and kept piling the pressure, with their efforts being rewarded late in injury time after a free kick that was taken from the left found the head of Crespo, who from an onside position put the ball past Theodorakis.
Xanthi were also able to hang on for a third consecutive win, as they beat Asteras Tripolis at home 2-1.
The biggest shock of round three however came from Kleanthis Vikelidis, where an underwhelming Panathinaikos were destroyed by Aris 4-0.
The Greens seemed like a group of amateurs at times, making foolish errors and costly mistakes that allowed the home side to claim an easy win. It’s worth noting that this is the biggest win Aris have ever recorded over Panathinaikos in the history of the Greek League (whether we’re talking about the Alpha Ethniki or Super League).
In other results, AEK continued their winning streak by beating Lamia 2-0 at home, while an impressive OFI took the three points against Panetolikos 3-1.
The eternal rivalry between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos easily stands out from next round’s schedule.
SUPER LEAGUE ONE ROUND THREE RESULTS
Atromitos – PAOK 2-3 (45’+1′, 52′ Vellios – 17′ Akpom, 22′ Matos, 90’+2′ Crespo)
OFI – Panetolikos 3-1 (54′, 85′ Tsilianidis, 61′ Manos – 69′ Morar, 29 s.o. Biai)
Olympiacos – Volos 5-0 (12′ Guillherme, 71′ El Arabi, 79′ Guerrero, 83′ pen. Valbuena, 90’+3′ Soudani – 83′ s.o. Lyratzis)
Xanthi – Asteras Tripolis 2-1 (19′ Durickovic, 55′ Sturgeon – 57′ Fernandez)
Panionios – AEL 1-0 (56′ Maksimovic – 78′ s.o. Zivkovic)
AEK – Lamia 2-0 (37′ OG Pliatsikas, 45’+2′ Vranjes)
Aris – Panathinaikos 4-0 (19′ Fetfatzidis, 43′ Velez, 54′ Diguiny, 64′ Ideye)
ROUND FOUR FIXTURES
Saturday 21 September
5.15 pm Volos – OFI
7.30 pm Asteras Tripolis – Atromitos
8.00 pm Panetolikos – AEK
Sunday 22 September
3.00 pm AEL – Xanthi
6.30 pm PAOK – Aris
7.30 pm Lamia – Panionios
8.30 pm Panathinaikos – Olympiacos