SPORTS

Olympiakos within reach of the Super League title

Olympiakos needs just two wins in its six remaining games to clinch another Super League title mathematically, as it enjoyed another easy home win on Sunday while its rivals lost on the road again. This was the first round of games with only 16 teams, as on Saturday OFI became the second club after Niki Volou to withdraw from the Super League.

The Reds saw off Kerkyra 3-0 in Piraeus thanks to goals by Chori Dominguez, Alberto Botia and Franco Jara, but had striker Costas Mitroglou come off injured in the second half. His injury means he will miss Greece’s game in Hungary a week later and national coach Sergio Markarian has called up Apostolos Giannou of Panionios to replace the Fulham-owned striker.

Panathinaikos suffered its second away loss in the space of four days, as after going down at Atromitos on Wednesday it lost 1-0 at Veria on Sunday to a local side that was clearly superior on the night. Ben Mohamed scored the game’s only goal in the first half, to leave the Greens nine points behind Olympiakos that has a game in hand, too.

PAOK also lost away from home, going down 3-1 at Panthrakikos on Saturday to goals by Nicolas Diguini, Christos Tzanis and Igor de Souza. Dimitris Papadopoulos pulled one back for PAOK.

The battle for the fifth spot, behind Asteras Tripolis that downed relegation-destined Ergotelis 2-1, is really heating up, with four credible challengers for a play-off spot: They are PAS Giannina, Atromitos, Xanthi and Panetolikos, with five rounds of games left to play.

PAS Giannina gets three points from its fixture at OFI, Xanthi downed Atromitos 1-0 in the weekend’s most balanced game, and Panetolikos suffered a shock home loss to Levadiakos with a 1-0 score.

On Monday Platanias hosts Kalloni Lesvou.