In yet another tough match against FC Aris Thessaloniki, Panathinaikos won 2-0.
Panathinaikos had control of the match throughout and were not threatened at all by their opponents. The scorer of both goals was Viktor Klonaridis, a September transfer from French side Lille OSC.
The first goal came from a counter attack and an excellent finish by the young winger. The second goal resulted from a mistake by Aris' centre-backs.
Klonaridis was in the right place at the right time, intercepted the ball and secured the win with a strong strike into the bottom corner.
Panathinaikos then showed remarkable maturity to completely control the match. They were able to set the pace of the match as they wanted it and even when they were left with ten players after Klonaridis was sent off, Aris did not manage to threaten at all.
The match, however, was overshadowed by the shocking injury to Panathinaikos’s Nikos Marinakis. The young right-back collapsed after a head collision with one of his opponents.
Aris' fans applauded him during his transportation to the hospital for some further precautionary medical examinations.
Panathinaikos showed character and for third game in a row gave a performance that was above average.
They seemed to fully recover from the shocking derby loss against Olympiacos last week and appeared ready to stick to their manager’s plan no matter what.
This was a great result from a team that are starting to show some consistency in this regard.
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