Shikabala scores as Apollon lose 5-1 to Panathinaikos
Panathinaikos XI: Kotsaris, Johansson, Ikonomou Kolovetsios, Insua, Kace, Kourbelis, Donis, Bouzoukis, Macheda, Chatzgiovannis.
Apollon Smyrni XI: Huanderson, Orihuela, Kyrgias, Tzanetopoulos, Fonsi, Pedro, Gino, Kone, Shikabala, El Helwe, Thomas.
Headed into the game, despite Panathinaikos’ slow start by their standards they were overwhelming favourites due to Apollon still being winless this season. Panathinaikos were in 8th place at the start of proceedings.
Former Manchester United prodigy Federico Macheda rolled back the years with two early goals to put Panathinaikos into a 2-0 half time lead.
They picked up where they left off when Kourbelis added onto it in the 58th minute before Insua popped up with a surprise goal less than five minutes later.
When a cross to the far post went over every Apollon head, Shikabala was on hand on the right wing to pick up the ball and score a consolation goal for Apollon with a well placed finish to the far post which wrongfooted the goalkeeper.
However, the goal made little impact as Johansson added another for Panathinaikos in stoppage time, as the Greens won 5-1.
The result keeps Apollon bottom of the table and five points adrift of the next team, while Panathinaikos are up to 4th although several teams have a game in hand over them.
Apollon’s next game is at home against Amr Warda’s former club Atromitos on Saturday December 1st at 7PM Egyptian time.
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