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PAOK and Olympiakos struggle but win, PAO waits

PAOK and Olympiakos struggled at home against minor opposition but collected all three points over the weekend, while Panathinaikos’s game at Giannena was abandoned due to fog and will be continued on Monday.

PAOK trailed Panionios twice at Toumba but emerged victorious 3-2 on Saturday. The visitors led through Apostolos Giannou, PAOK equalized with Miguel Vitor before Panionios scored its second with a penalty kick by Dimitris Kolovos. Hedwiges Maduro pulled PAOK back on level terms and Stefanos Athanasiadis gave the league leaders victory with a spot-kick after a disputed penalty decision.

Panionios ended the game with 10 men due to the second yellow card shown to veteran Ariel Ibagaza.

Olympiakos stayed one point behind PAOK with a hard-fought 2-1 win at home against Platanias Hanion on Sunday. Delvin Ndinga scored his first goal in the Greek league to give Olympiakos the lead, but Juan Aguilera Nunez made it 1-1.

Then in a minute packed with action, the 72nd of the game, Platanias was denied a second goal by Olympiakos keeper Roberto and the champions scored their second through Costas Mitroglou.

Panathinaikos had asked the Super League to bring its Sunday game at PAS Giannina forward from 7.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. due to the usually adverse conditions in the northwestern city of Giannena. The Super League rejected that, but has now been forced to reschedule the game, actually its remaining 64 minutes, for Monday due to the thick fog that forced the abandonment of the match with the result still at 0-0.

The irony is that PAS Giannina and Panathinaikos agreed to play the game at 3 p.m. on Monday after all, and the Super League could only agree to that.

Panetolikos climbed to the fifth spot of the table through an emphatic 3-1 win at Veria that has therefore dropped to sixth.

Kalloni Lesvou held Atromitos to a goalless draw at Peristeri in the debut of Costas Katsouranis with Atromitos, while Ergotelis snatched a precious 1-1 draw at Levadiakos. Kerkyra upset Asteras Tripolis beating it 1-0 on Corfu.

Xanthi hosts Panthrakikos in the Thrace derby on Monday, while OFI collected all three points from its fixture with Niki, as the Volos club decided to withdraw from the Super League.