SPORTS

PAOK gets out of jail at Kalloni

Ten-man PAOK performed a stunning comeback to beat host Kalloni Lesvou 2-1 on Wednesday and stay within reach of the top, while third-placed Panathinaikos scored its second home win in four days.

With leader Olympiakos securing three points without having to play against Niki Volou that has withdrawn from the Super league, PAOK had to beat Kalloni at Mytilini to stay in touch with the Reds.

However at half-time things looked bleak for the Thessaloniki giant as it trailed 1-0 to a Nikos Kaltsas goal and was a man down due to the red card shown to Ergys Kace. Facundo Pereyra, the influential Argentine, turned things around for PAOK, through scoring twice in eight minutes before the hour mark to give the visitors the lead which their goalkeeper, Charles Itandje preserved by a saving a penalty eight minutes from time.

PAOK has therefore stayed two points behind Olympiakos, while Panathinaikos remained a further four points behind through its hard-fought 1-0 win over Levadiakos, courtesy of a Mladen Petric spectacular header.

PAS Giannina came from 2-0 down to snatch a 2-2 draw at fourth-placed Asteras Tripolis, while OFI was happy just to play the game at Panetolikos that the host won 3-1: The Iraklio team was threatened with expulsion from the league unless it withdrew its case from civil courts against the Super League and arranged to pay its dues to three players. It did and the game went ahead.

The game that did not take place after all was that between Ergotelis and Panionios. A part of the Pankritio stadium’s roof at Iraklio was removed by the fierce winds on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of the encounter. The Super League has not yet announced when and where the match will take place.

In other games on Wednesday, Panthrakikos downed visiting Kerkyra 1-0 and Xanthi shared an entertaining 2-2 draw with Veria.

On Thursday Platanias hosts Atromitos.