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Reds stretch lead as Panetolikos upsets PAOK

Panetolikos’s surprise win at Toumba over PAOK on Saturday allowed Olympiakos to open its lead at the top of the Super League table to five points, one week before the Reds’ visit to Thessaloniki.

PAOK suffered a 2-1 home reverse to an ever-improving Panetolikos side that is managed by a former PAOK coach, Makis Havos, and has now risen to a joint fourth in the league.

Panetolikos’s Brazilian star Andre Alves scored from the penalty spot on the seventh minute and from a counter attack deep in injury time to render irrelevant the equalizer by Robert Mack on the 73rd, as the decline in PAOK’s form continues.

Olympiakos defeated Veria 2-0 away on Sunday, both of its goals coming in the last 20 minutes of the game: Top scorer Costas Mitroglou reached a tally of 12 goals opening the score almost an hour after the first red card to a Veria player, and Mathieu Dossevi added the second after Veria was left with nine men. Mitroglou was lucky to escape a second yellow card after ignoring an offside decision to send the ball into the net in time added on.

Panathinaikos is now just three points behind PAOK thanks to an emphatic 3-0 home win over Platanias Hanion in Athens. Mladen Petric, Costas Triantafyllopoulos and Viktor Klonaridis were on target for the Greens, while Marcus Berg missed a penalty. The Greens have also signed their former player Haris Mavrias on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

Asteras Tripolis now has to share the fourth spot after going down 1-0 at Kalloni Lesvou, while Xanthi built on its cup triumph over Panathinaikos on Thursday downing Levadiakos 2-1 away on Sunday.

In other games Panionios saw off Panthrakikos 2-1 and PAS Giannina downed neighboring Kerkyra by the same score.

Ergotelis had a walk-over against withdrawn Niki Volou, and Atromitos’s game with OFI did not take place due to the outstanding debts OFI has to former players. The match will likely be awarded to Atromitos with a 3-0 score.