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Fountas gives AEK Athens vital first win
- Updated: October 29, 2012
AEK Athens picked up a vital first win of the Greek Super League season against Platanias overnight but still remain bottom of the table.
It has taken eight matches for one of the traditional giants of the Greek game to kickstart their season but they finally did so thanks to Taxiarchis Fountas’ second-half strike.
The 1-0 win was the first under new manager Ewald Lienen, who took over before last week’s defeat at the hands of PAOK.
In front of a home crowd desperate to see their side end what is the club’s worst ever start to a domestic season, AEK turned in a solid performance and were deserving of the three points.
Though they were the better team on the night, they struggled to create any clear cut chances until the introduction of Polish midfielder Roger Gurreiro, who turned in a match-winning display off the bench.
It was he who would set-up Fountas for his 66th minute winner, combining well with Panagiotis Lagos down the left flank before cutting the ball back for his teammate to fire home clinically.
AEK now have five points from their opening eight games, but only four points separates them from seventh-placed Veroia.
The evening’s two other matches ended in scoreless draws, with Pas Giannina hosting Atromitos – in a match that was interrupted for 40 minutes due to a storm that hit the region – and Veroia hosting Sokda Xanthi.
OFI Crete take on Panathinaikos tomorrow, while defending champions Olympiacos travel to Thessaloniki to face Aris.