SPORTS

Goals by Dossevi and Maniatis keep Olympiakos on top

Olympiakos and PAOK scored hard-fought home wins on Sunday to stay in the lead of the Super League race, while third-placed Panathinaikos stumbled at Panionios on Saturday.

The Reds stayed two points ahead of PAOK with an entertaining second-half performance at a half-full Karaiskakis Stadium, that saw visiting Panetolikos lose 2-0 to goals by Mathieu Dossevi and Yiannis Maniatis. That was the first home win in Greece for new Olympiakos coach Vitor Pereira.

Stefanos Athanasiadis took his league tally to 10 goals scoring the winner in PAOK’s 1-0 victory over a constantly improving Platanias Hanion at Toumba. However, Thessaloniki’s sole representative in the Super League was not convincing enough for its fans, but at least they got to see new signing Christian Noboa make his debut as a substitute, fresh from his arrival from Dynamo Moscow.

The weekend’s biggest game took place at Nea Smyrni where Panionios drew 1-1 with Panathinaikos. Olivier Boumale gave the host a first-half lead, Panathinaikos equalized 12 minutes from the end, and the two sides missed numerous chances for a winning goal, including a Panionios penalty that Panathinaikos keeper Luke Steele saved three minutes from time.

Veria, in sixth, defeated 10-man OFI 4-1, while Atromitos – in seventh – took three points without playing as it had been scheduled to face bankrupt Niki Volou.

Asteras Tripolis led at Livadia, but Levadiakos came back to win 3-1, with a Vangelis Mantzios brace.

In other games Kerkyra shared a goalless draw with Xanthi and Panthrakikos snatched a 2-2 draw at PAS Giannina.

On Monday struggling Ergotelis greets Kalloni Lesvou.