SPORTS

Empty stands for one more soccer weekend

One more Super League weekend went by without any fans at the stands, following the ruling by the government to that effect, while it was business as usual for table leaders Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.

Olympiakos saw off Xanthi with a 2-0 score at home on Sunday thanks to second-half goals by Chori Dominguez and Ibrahim Afellay. All 11 players of Olympiakos pulled on white shirts with the number 2 on before the start of the game at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium to show their support for their injured captain, Yiannis Manitis, who will miss the rest of the season.

Panathinaikos beat relegation-threatened Ergotelis 2-0 on Saturday to remain three points behind Olympiakos, while the Reds also have a game in hand. The Greens scored their third win this season on Crete courtesy of first-half strikes by Marcus Berg and Abdul Ajagoun.

PAOK and Asteras Tripolis shared a goalless draw in Thessaloniki on Saturday that has kept PAOK three points ahead of Asteras. The other team in the top five, Panetolikos, stayed two points above PAS Giannina by snatching a goalless draw at its rival to the last play-off spot.

In other games, Kalloni and Kerkyra scored identical 4-1 home wins over visiting Veria and OFI Crete, Panionios missed a chance to banish relegation concerns by drawing 0-0 at home with fellow struggling Platanias, and Atromitos put two past Panthrakikos at home, including a spectacular opener by Marcelinho.

Levadiakos enjoyed a walkover as Niki Volou has long withdrawn from the league.

The league continues on Wednesday and Thursday with the round of games that had been postponed from late February, but it is not clear yet whether it will be with or without fans at the stands.