OFI Crete produced the upset of the week in Greek soccer beating Panathinaikos in Athens for only the second time in its history on Sunday, while PAOK stayed on top beating Atromitos at home and champion Olympiakos scraped through Ergotelis on Crete thanks to a late Costas Mitroglou winner on Saturday.
Italian manager Gennaro Gattuso’s OFI won 2-1 making the most of a poor Panathinaikos performance and scored via Giorgi Merebashvili and Giorgos Makris, while even Panathinaikos’s equalizer was scored by an OFI player, Thodoris Tripotseris. OFI fans staged a noisy welcome party at the Iraklio airport later on Sunday upon the arrival of the OFI squad.
All this one week before the big Greek derby of eternal rivals as Olympiakos and Panathinaikos clash on Sunday, October 26.
Ten-man PAOK beat Atromitos 2-1, as Ergys Kace and Razvan Rats capitalized on errors by Atromitos goalkeeper Luigi Cennamo in the first half. Javier Umbides pulled one back for the Peristeri club before Miguel Vitor left PAOK with 10 players 15 minutes from time.
Surprise package Veria remained one point behind PAOK through a 2-1 home victory over Levadiakos, with Kalloni in third after its 1-0 downing of Kerkyra on Lesvos.
Joint third with Kalloni is Olympiakos, three points off the pace, after coming from behind twice to beat host Ergotelis 3-2 on Crete. Mitroglou scored two goals, the second on the 90th minute, with the other Olympiakos goal coming from Chori Dominguez from the penalty spot.
In other weekend games, Niki Volou scored its first win in the top flight in 48 years, defeating Panthrakikos 1-0 at home, Asteras Tripolis drew 1-1 at home five days before visiting Tottenham for the Europa League, and Platanias saw off visiting Xanthi 1-0.
On Monday Panionios clashes with PAS Giannina.