NEWS

AEK holds PAO to a 1-1 draw

Panathinaikos drew 1-1 with AEK in the Athens derby for the soccer Super League yesterday to see its lead at the top of the table cut to six points. The visitors led through a Nacho Scocco goal in the ninth minute but Panathinaikos equalized 22 minutes later through Dimitris Salpigidis, who later hit the woodwork. The Greens now need 25 points from the last 10 games to clinch their first title in six years. Olympiakos and PAOK remained tied in second after both scored 1-0 wins. The Reds had Matt Derbyshire to thank for his goal at Panionios, while PAOK downed visiting Atromitos with a goal by Thanasis Papazoglou two minutes from time. Aris saw its unbeaten run end at Xanthi, going down 2-1. PAS Yiannina put Larissa in relegation trouble with its 2-0 win at home; Iraklis inflicted yet another loss on Kavala (1-0); Levadiakos beat Asteras Tripolis by the same score and Panthrakikos scored its first win this season, defeating Ergotelis 3-2 at home. Panathinaikos leads with 49 points, Olympiakos and PAOK have 43, Aris has 32 and AEK, in fifth, has 30.