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Reds beat Panetolikos to spend the night on top

Olympiakos temporarily moved to the top spot of the Super League on December 3 after its not-so-easy 2-0 home win over Panetolikos, with Atromitos and OFI also scoring victories at home.

The Reds climbed one point above Panathinaikos, who is facing Aris at Thessaloniki on December 4, having played two more games than the Greens. On November 30 Olympiakos had beaten Doxa Dramas 6-0 at home.

It took a mediocre Olympiakos just over an hour to break the deadlock at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Saturday as stubborn Panetolikos held on until Andre Rocha upended Djamel Abdoun in the box, which led to a penalty and a red card for the offender.

Marko Pantelic duly converted the penalty, while Rafik Djebbour made it 2-0 in the 74th minute, but starting from an offside position, as television replays showed.

In the last 15 minutes the hosts slowed down again, given their lead and their one-man advantage and the crucial Champions League game against Arsenal coming on December 6.

An Olympiakos striker who plays on loan at Atromitos gave the Peristeri side victory over Ergotelis as Costas Mitroglou scored the game?s only goal.

Reports suggest that after the match there was a serious clash between the owner of Atromitos, Giorgos Spanos and the manager of Ergotelis, Nikos Karageorgiou.

OFI returned to winning ways with an emphatic 3-0 win over Asteras Tripolis at Iraklio.

After a goalless first half, Mirnes Sisic, Fotis Papoulis and substitute Jordi Lopez scored for the Cretan side, who dominated the midfield throughout the game.