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PAOK beats AEK to go top

PAOK climbed to the top of the Super League table in soccer Sunday night after defeating fellow Europa League challenger AEK to get to nine points from four games.

Adelino Vieirinha, Stefanos Athanasiadis and Dimitris Salpingidis scored first-half goals for PAOK to win 3-0 and leapfrog over Panathinaikos, who, just like Aris, sat the weekend out: the two clubs were scheduled to meet Olympiakos Volou and Kavala, who have been relegated though not replaced yet.

Champion Olympiakos scored its second win in as many games downing host Ergotelis 3-2 on Saturday, thanks to goals by Kevin Mirallas, David Fuster and Ivan Marcano. Diego Romano scored twice for the Iraklio side. The Reds are now preparing for their Champions League game on Wednesday against Arsenal in London.

Panionios and Panetolikos joined Panathinaikos in second place with seven points, but has played four games compared to the Greens? three. Panionios thrashed Kerkyra 3-0 on Corfu on Saturday through a brace by Njazi Kuqi and a goal by Fanouris Goundoulakis, while 10-man Panetolikos only got one point from its home game with PAS Yiannina Sunday, that ended 2-2. Giorgos Theodoridis and Henry Camara were on target for the hosts who had Andre Rocha sent off, while Ibrahima Bakayoko and Tomas De Vincenti scored for the visitors.

Also Sunday, Xanthi beat OFI 3-1 after goals by Thodoris Vassilakakis, Michal Stasiak and Dimitris Souanis. Zeljko Kalajdzic grabbed a consolation goal for OFI. Asteras Tripolis and Atromitos shared a goalless draw.