SPORTS

Panathinaikos ends PAOK’s unbeaten run

Panathinaikos triumphed 2-1 at PAOK in the weekend’s big derby, but the real winner of the game was Olympiakos that has cut the distance from PAOK at the top of the Super League table to just two points.

The Greens ended PAOK’s unbeaten record in the league on Sunday with second-half goals by Abdul Ajagun and Nikos Karelis. Facundo Pereyra had equalized for PAOK.

Panathinaikos capitalized on its counter attacks and had more final attempts than its host despite conceding possession to PAOK.

It was also quite refreshing to watch a Greek derby played in healthy conditions on and off the pitch, with PAOK fans even applauding the 22 players after the final whistle.

Olympiakos fans also applauded their own team after its 5-1 thrashing of Panthrakikos earlier in the day, with goals coming from Chori Dominguez, Tasos Avlonitis, Dimitris Diamantakos, Costas Mitroglou and a Thanassis Papageorgiou own goal.

Jose Maria Cases pulled one back for the Komotini team that is looking for a new coach after the sacking of Akis Mantzios in midweek.

Kalloni Lesvou has risen to the third spot with its 2-0 win at Panionios thanks to strikes by Paul Keita and Juanma Delgado. Kalloni is the Super League team with the best defense so far.

In one of the weekend’s most spectacular games, Ergotelis and Veria drew 2-2 on Saturday, while Panetolikos gained some ground with a 2-1 win at Kerkyra.

Levadiakos shared a goalless draw with Platanias which shows the Livadia team is not as strong at home as it was last year.

In other games, Xanthi defeated OFI 2-1 and PAS Giannina saw off bottom side Niki Volou 4-0 at home.

On Monday Atromitos hosts Asteras Tripolis.