NEWS

Reds and Greens score victories

A poor soccer weekend in terms of goals saw no change at the top of the Super League table as all the favorites notched up victories. Olympiakos maintained its five-point advantage over champion Panathinaikos through its 2-0 win at Kerkyra last night. Both goals came in the second half, with the host team’s Thanassis Tsigas putting Olympiakos ahead through an own goal before Kevin Mirallas made it 2-0. Panathinaikos had Sotiris Ninis to thank for its 1-0 victory over Aris at an empty Olympic Stadium in Athens on Saturday. The 20-year-old midfielder, who was yesterday again said to be a subject of interest for English giant Manchester United, volleyed home a Djibril Cisse cross from the right for the sole goal of the match. PAOK saw off visiting Asteras Tripolis 1-0 with Dimitris Salpigidis’s 100th goal in the top flight, while AEK returned to its winning ways with a 3-1 triumph at Panserraikos. Veteran Nikos Liberopoulos was twice on target, after Ismael Blanco’s opener. Kavala stayed in fifth by beating bottom side Larissa courtesy of a Serge Aristide Die screamer, but is still level on points with neighboring Xanthi, which won 2-0 at Panionios. In other games, 10-man Ergotelis drew 0-0 with Olympiakos Volou, while Iraklis beat Atromitos 1-0 at home. Olympiakos leads the Super League table with 42 points from 17 games, with Panathinaikos is in second with 37. PAOK and AEK have 27, Kavala and Xanthi 24, Aris has 23, Iraklis and Olympiakos Volou are at 22, Ergotelis follows with 21, Kerkyra has 20 and Asteras Tripolis and Atromitos are at 19. The drop zone includes Panionios and Panserraikos at 16 points and Larissa at 11. Larissa yesterday announced the sacking of Norwegian manager Jorn Andersen after just 23 days at the helm. His successor will probably be Nikos Kostenoglou.