In the highlight match from Round 10 of the Greek Super League One, Panathainaikos defeated AEK 3-2 at the Olympic Stadium of Athens.
The several thousand of fans that attended the game were rewarded with an incredible fixture that featured five goals, as the gaps in Enosi’s defence were once again on full display.
Yet despite what the final result might suggest, it was the visitors that were in control for the majority of the encounter, as they dominated the play in the first half and hit their opponents on their right flank where Emiliano Insua couldn’t keep up with the fast pace of Daniele Verde.
And it was from the Italian where the first goal came, with the ball bouncing off the defenders after his poor cross and finding the feet of Michalis Bakakis who blasted it past Sokratis Dioudis to open the score.
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Nelson Oliveira added a second on the 36th after capitalising on an AEK corner kick, with the Panathinaikos defence unable to clear the ball.
Yet the home side had not had their final say that evening, as manager Giorgos Donis (who was suspended and watched the game from the stands) made several changes to his line up which played a deciding role.
The Greek coach introduced Jose Perea and Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, switching the places of his attacking players, with the AEK defence appearing confused after the break.
Panathinaikos gained control of midfield and soon began to produce opportunities and it wasn’t long until they found the goals.
On the 67th minute, Italian striker Federico Macheda reduced the margin with a lovely low strike from the left.
And just three minutes later, the advantage AEK had struggled all night to create and maintain had been reduced to nothing after a great pass by Chatzigiovanis found the feet of Perea who found little difficulty in bringing the two teams back on level terms.
As if that wasn’t enough for the visitors, along came Kolovetsios three minutes before the final whistle (after he replaced the injured Chatzigiovanis a little earlier) to head the ball in after a corner kick and complete the upset.
This win sees Panathinaikos climb to the 8th spot on the ladder, while AEK lost even more ground in the race for first place after both rivals Olympiacos and PAOK walked away with wins from their respective encounters.
On Saturday, the Thessaloniki team faced an uphill battle against OFI in Crete yet displayed their quality as they dominated the majority of the encounter.
The single goal that separated the two sides came from a wonderful Josip Misic strike from outside the area four minutes before the hour mark.
The situation was similar at the Karaiskakis on Sunday, with Olympiacos having an easy afternoon against Atromitos, beating them 2-0.
Both goals came in the second half for the home side, with Daniel Podence breaking the deadlock from just outside the area right after 60 minutes, while Hilal Soudani took advantage of Youssef El Arabi’s low cross from the left to put the game to rest.
It’s worth mentioning that Olympiacos ended the game with ten men after the dismissal of former Brisbane Roar central defender Avraam Papadopoulos, but the visitors made nothing of it.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 10 RESULTS
Volos-Panetolikos 3-2 (55′ Muniz, 66′ Mantzis, 78′ Jendrisek – 39′ Sagna, 68′ Ariyibi, 65′ s.o. Sjostedt)
OFI-PAOK 0-1 (56′ Misic)
Aris-Asteras Tripolis 2-1 (5′ Sasha, 34′ Diguiny, 90’+1′ s.o. Ehmann – 41′ Luis Fernandez)
Xanthi-Panionios 1-2 (55′ Lisgaras, 90’+3′ s.o. Sturgeon – 53′, 67′ Arabuli)
Olympiacos-Atromitos 2-0 (60′ Podence, 62′ Soudani, 67′ s.o. Papadopoulos)
Panathinaikos-AEK 3-2 (67′ Macheda, 70′ Perea, 87′ Kolovetsios – 18′ Bakakis, 36′ Oliveira)
AEL-Lamia 0-3 (39′ Thuram, 64′, 72′ Skondras)