The results of the 13th round of the Greek Super League once again brought changes at the top of the ladder.
On Saturday, PAOK faced their city rivals Aris at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium with the home team’s fans once again creating an unbelievable atmosphere through the use of flares.
Michael Oenning’s players were highly spirited and even though they started the game on the back foot, allowing their opponents to gain an early lead thanks to Karol Swiderski’s goal on the 10-minute mark, they dominated the rest of the encounter.
Their response was almost immediate as Swedish midfielder Daniel Larsson made the most of a wonderful counterattack, breaking into the left side of the box and slamming the ball past goalkeeper Zivkovic with a powerful left strike.
Fran Velez gave the home side the lead four minutes before the break, with the yellows gaining a two-goal advantage just three minutes into the second half thanks to Lindsay Rose.
A wonderful combination between Giannis Fetfatzidis and Lucas Sasha saw the latter put the final touch on what was a night many Aris fans will remember for years to come, with PAOK simply closing the gap thanks to a Leo Matos header after a corner kick.
This result saw the visitors not only lose their 51-game unbeaten run, but also fall to second place, as one day later Olympiacos hosted Panathinaikos and managed to get the job done, winning 1-0 thanks to a Youssef El Arabi goal served up by Mathieu Valbuena.
The encounter at the empty Karaiskakis Stadium (Olympiacos were facing the second of their two match ban) was tight and the visitors created many opportunities to score a goal and create a difficult situation for the home side, with Pedro Martins’ men appearing disorganised for the majority of the first half.
It was the quality of solutions from the bench that ended up defining the outcome of this game, with the greens manager Giorgos Donis not being able to support the efforts of his starting eleven, while his Portuguese counterpart made several key substitutions that turned the tide towards the favour of his team.
On the 74th minute, French playmaker Valbuena made a cross towards the heart of the Panathinaikos box, with El Arabi beating former Melbourne City defender Bart Schenkeveld to the ball and with a one-touch strike scoring the only goal of the evening.
These results give Olympiacos a narrow lead at the top, as they are now one point clear of PAOK, who prepare to host AEK next weekend at Toumba.
GREEK SUPER LEAGUE ROUND 13 RESULTS
OFI-Volos 1-2 (58′ Neira – 35′ Lyratzis, 79′ Ruben Joao)
Aris-PAOK 4-2 (17′ Larsson, 41′ Velez, 47′ Rose, 70′ Sasha – 10′ Swiderski, 77′ Matos)
Atromitos-Asteras Tripolis 2-1 (76′, 89′ pen. Manousos – 78′ Barrales)
AEK-Panetolikos 3-1 (29′ pen, 56′ Livaja, 83′ pen. Verde – 42′ Gutierrez)
Panionios-Lamia 0-1 (11′ Karamanos 27′ s.o. Bejarano)
Xanthi-AEL 2-1 (67′, 68′ Faucher – 64′ Milosavljevic)
Olympiacos-Panathinaikos 1-0 (74′ El Arabi)