SPORTS

Fuster brings Reds closer to title

A goal by David Fuster secured Olympiakos’s 10th consecutive victory in the league on February 6 as the Reds beat visiting Xanthi 1-0 to stay seven points ahead of Panathinaikos.

The Spaniard scored through a deflection from Xanthi’s Olubayo Adefemi after a Vassilis Torosidis cross in the last minute of the first half, in what was an otherwise forgettable encounter.

The Greens remained hot on the heels of Olympiakos, chalking up a brave 1-0 win at PAOK last night despite playing for about 30 minutes with a man less. Sotiris Ninis scored from a direct free-kick in the 10th minute but his team was left with 10 men in the 44th when Nikos Spyropoulos was dismissed. PAOK’s Pablo Contreras was also sent off in the 75th minute.

Aris forced AEK’s third consecutive home loss in all competitions on Saturday, beating its host 2-1 through two goals courtesy of Darcy Neto. Ismael Blanco had equalized for AEK.

In the weekend’s other action Kavala reiterated its claim for a playoff spot, defeating Kerkyra 1-0, Iraklis moved away from the danger zone with a 2-1 win at struggling Panserraikos, Larissa snatched a 1-1 draw at Asteras Tripolis, Ergotelis downed Panionios 2-0 on Crete and Olympiakos Volou beat fellow Greek Cup semifinalist Atromitos 2-0 at home.

Olympiakos leads the standings with 54 points from 21 games, Panathinaikos is second with 47, PAOK follows with 34 and AEK has 33. Kavala is fifth with 31, Aris, Ergotelis and Olympiakos Volou have 28, Iraklis and Atromitos have 26, Kerkyra and Xanthi are at 24, Asteras Tipolis and Panionios have 21, Larissa has 18 and Panserraikos is last with 16 points.