SPORTS

Bad news for Asteras Tripolis, Larissa

Asteras Tripolis and Larissa had their relegation to Greek soccer’s second division, the Football League, rubber-stamped on April 10, while Aris kept its hopes alive in the race for a playoff spot with one round of games left to go in the Super League.

An own goal by Christos Pipinis led Asteras to a 1-0 loss at Panathinaikos, resulting in the Tripoli team?s first relegation since gaining promotion to the Super League in 2006.

After trailing 3-0 in the 18th minute following a goal by Costas Manolas and a brace by Panayiotis Lagos, Larissa went down 3-2 at home to AEK. Tumer Metin and Daniel Cousin reduced the arrears for the 1988 champion.

Aris got to within two points of Olympiakos Volou in fifth by beating its rival 2-1 at home. The Volos side led through a Javier Umbides penalty in the first half, but Aris managed to turn things around with goals from Cristian Portilla and Darcy Neto.

The results mean that if on April 17 Aris beats Xanthi away and Olympiakos Volou does not beat Panathinaikos at home, Aris will be the one to take the last playoff spot. PAOK also needs one point at home against Kerkyra to secure a share in the post-regular season action.

Atromitos and Kerkyra ensured they maintained their Super League status for one more season after scoring crucial home wins.

Cup finalist Atromitos defeated new champion Olympiakos 3-1 with goals from Stelios Sfakianakis, Ilias Anastasakos and Henri Camara. Olympiakos had a disappointing defense, in the absence of Avraam Papadopoulos, and only scored once through Francois Modesto.

Kerkyra beat Ergotelis 1-0, thanks to a Christos Kalantzis strike in the first half.

There were two scoreless draws, between Panionios and Panserraikos and between Iraklis and PAOK, while Kavala drew 1-1 with Xanthi. Following a Marius Niculae goal for Xanthi, Vlassis Kazakis equalized for Kavala.