SPORTS

Easy win for Reds, as PAO defeats AEK

Olympiakos returned to winning ways through a relatively comfortable victory over OFI Crete at home on Saturday with a 2-0 score, while PAOK beat Panionios to overtake it at the second spot.

Goals by Costas Mitroglou and Paulo Machado gave the Reds their eighth win in nine Super League games, taking their distance at the top back up to five points, as they prepare to host Montpellier for the Champions League on Tuesday.

PAOK is now second after beating third-placed Panionios with a 2-1 score at Nea Smyrni on Sunday thanks to a brace by Stefanos Athanasiadis, with the first goal coming from the spot after a controversial penalty decision. Christos Aravidis pulled one back for Panionios.

The Athens derby between Panathinaikos and AEK ended with the Greens scoring their first home win in the league on Sunday. Toche grabbed his third league goal of the season in the 24th minute but Panathinaikos was booed off the pitch in the end as its demanding fans were upset to see their team produce very little in the second half against the teenagers of AEK. Four days before their Europa League game at Lazio the Greens won 1-0 in the end, but had to thank keeper Orestis Karnezis for coming twice to their rescue in injury time.

Xanthi climbed out of the drop zone with a 1-0 win over visiting Levadiakos, which is now second-bottom, along with Panthrakikos who went down 2-1 at fifth-placed Atromitos.

Kerkyra scored a late equalizer to hold host Platanias to a 1-1 draw at Chania, while Asteras Tripolis continued its good performances with a 2-0 victory over PAS Giannina at home.

On Monday Aris is hosting Veria.