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Title turning Red as PAOK slips up again

PAOK’s fresh loss on Wednesday, this time at depleted OFI, has not only brought Olympiakos eight points ahead at the Super league standings, but has also led to the resignation of its manager, Angelos Anastasiadis.

OFI managed to produce a squad of just 15 players, given it has been suffering from huge financial problems, but still outplayed an out-of-form and demoralized PAOK in Iraklio to win 3-1, courtesy of goals by Mayron George, Andreas Lambropoulos and Vassilis Koutsianikoulis. PAOK only scored through Dimitris Papadopoulos.

The result had coach Anastasiadis furious at the end of the game, and he duly tendered his resignation to the board of PAOK that has decided to avoid making any decisions in the heat of the night – while back in Thessaloniki PAOK fans staged a protest rally outside the Toumba Stadium.

Olympiakos, victor of visiting Atromitos 2-1 in Piraeus, will now go to Toumba on Sunday knowing that even if it loses to PAOK its lead will be a healthy five points. The Reds scored via Ibrahim Afellay and league top scorer Costas Mitroglou, while Atromitos pulled one back through Marcelinho Leite.

The results also mean that Panathinaikos is now second with PAOK in their, as the two teams are level on points but the Greens have a superior head-to-head record. Panathinaikos was not in action in midweek as it collected all three points from the fixture with withdrawn Niki Volou.

Asteras Tripolis, in fourth, defeated Platanias Hanion 1-0 through a goal by new signing Matias Igelsias who appeared on television replays to have come from an offside position.

In other Wednedsay games, Panetolikos thrashed Ergotelis 4-0, PAS Giannina saw off Veria 4-1, Xanthi shared a 1-1 draw with Panionios and the Kerkyra vs Levadiakos match ended goalless.

On Thursday Panthrakikos entertains Kalloni Lesvou.