By George Georgakopoulos
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos beat their Iraklio opponents one week before the derby of the ďeternal rivalsĒ on November 2 in Athens, while PAOK stayed in second in the Super League with a comfortable win at Panthrakikos.
Costas Mitroglou took his tally to 12 league goals for the season with his brace against OFI Crete on Sunday, as Olympiakos won 5-1 to maintain its three-point lead over PAOK. Mitroglou also had a penalty kick saved before Jose Holebas, Yiannis Maniatis and Sambou Yatabare made it to the scoresheet, too.
OFI had scored the fastest goal in this seasonís league with Andreas Lambropoulos after just 12 seconds, but finished the game with 10 men.
PAOK scored three goals the second time in three days, as it followed up its 3-2 win over Maccabi Haifa for the Europa League with a 3-0 victory in Komotini. Lucas Perez scored twice for PAOK and Panthrakikosís Pape MíBow shaped the final score with an own goal.
Atromitos lies five points behind PAOK after downing Xanthi 2-0 away, courtesy of goals by Stefano Napoleoni and Dimitris Papadopoulos.
Panathinaikos scored its first away win in the league after 34 weeks, beating hitherto unbeaten Ergotelis 2-0 at Pankritio on Saturday, to climb to the fourth spot. The Greens left it late as Luciano Figueroa in the 83rd and Giorgos Koutroubis in time added-on ensured a happy ending for the visitors. The two sides will meet again on Wednesday for the Cup.
In other weekend games Platanias celebrated its first win of the season beating Aris 2-1 away, Asteras Tripolis dismissed Levadiakos 2-0 at home, Panionios came from behind to beat Apollon 2-1 and Veria shared a 2-2 draw with PAS Giannina.
On Monday Panetolikos greets Kalloni Lesvou.