Olympiacos FC marked the 30-year anniversary of the Karaiskaki Stadium disaster with a 1-0 defeat of Skoda Xanthi FC on Sunday. An own goal by Olubayo Adefemi preserved Olympiacos’ seven-point lead atop the Greek Super League table as the Piraeus giants inched closer to their record 38th league title.
Coming off a midweek Greek Cup loss at the hands of PAOK FC, Olympiacos struggled to make the transition back to winning ways as a return to the Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium wasn’t the spectacle it was made to be.
Xanthi’s reputably stiff defense made life difficult for the league leaders, though the likes of Albert Riera and Marko Pantelic missed several quality chances. It was the visitors, however, who secured the first meaningful chance of the match as Christopher Katongo nearly found a finish past Urko Pardo, who was back in goal after briefly being replaced by Antonis Nikopolidis midweek.
Francois Modesto came even closer for Olympiacos when Riera’s in-swinging free-kick found the Frenchman but the former AS Monaco defender could only find the crossbar with his flicked header.esday marks the anniversary of the stadium disaster at the Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium, a tragedy that occurred when 21 Olympiacos supporters tragically lost their life following their team’s euphoric defeat of rivals AEK Athens FC. The club will hold a tribune for the tragedy on Tuesday, as it does every February 8th.
In what is certainly a tough week for the Piraeus giants off the pitch, on it the race for the Super League title does not stop for a second as Ernesto Valverde’s men gear up for a tough string of matches that begins against Aris Thessaloniki FC on Saturday. One day later, Xanthi hosts Atromitos FC as the Thracian club looks to distance itself from the relegation zone.