Chitu winner keeps Petrakis’ perfect streak intact

PAS Giannina celebrate Chitu's late winner against Panaitolikos

PAS Giannina remain unbeaten under new manager Giannis Petrakis after the Epirus club managed a 1-0 defeat of Panaitolikos at the Zosimades Stadium on Sunday.

With both sides struggling to find the back of the net all evening in Epirus, Aurelian Chitu’s header deep into stoppage time proved to be enough for the home side as Giannina are now three matches unbeaten in the Super League since parting ways with former manager Sakis Tsiolis.

Henri Camara had scored in back-to-back games for Panaitolikos, but the Senegalese striker was kept at bay on Sunday though the former Wigan Athletic hit-man did see one of his efforts trickle just wide of the Giannina net.

At the other end, Giannina were furious to not to be awarded a penalty when a bouncing ball accidentally struck the arm of Panaitolikos midfielder Junior, but the referee in the right position to see the incident was more of the ball-to-hand variety.

Perhaps the home crowd will see Chitu’s added-time heroics as “just desserts” for their club as a deep-played cross from Noe Acosta was eventually headed on for Chitu, who buried his header into the wide-open goal much to the delight of the Giannina bench.

The win is extra sweet for Giannina as they now pull one point clear of their Matchday 24 rivals for seventh in the league, though it should be said Panaitolikos’ record in the past seven days is deceiving based on unfortunate results against Olympiacos and Aris earlier in the week.

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