It was hardly the most exciting of Super League weekends, with just nine goals in seven games, with the most characteristic features being the season’s first jeering by Olympiakos supporters toward their own team – despite another win – and the miserable referee decisions at the Panionios vs AEK game that had both teams complaining.
The relatively few Olympiakos supporters who watched their team beat Panetolikos 1-0 at home expressed their frustration not only with the poor performance in the first time this season Olympiakos has scored just one goal in a league game, but also with Wednesday’s elimination from the Champions League by Arsenal.
Ten-man Panetolikos – that had its keeper controversially sent off – succumbed to a Chori Dominguez strike in first-half injury time, and will feel it deserved a point from the match at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Sunday.
Still, the Reds secured their 14th win in as many games, stretching their lead at the top to 15 points as second-placed AEK stumbled at Panionios: The Saturday match at Nea Smyrni finished 1-1, with both sides getting angry with referee Dimitris Styliaras who simply had too many bad calls for a top-flight match official.
Olivier Boumal opened the score for Panionios with a spectacular shot from a distance, while Helder Barbosa equalizing for AEK that ended the game with 10 players after the red card shown to Cesar Arzo.
Panionios lies fourth, four points behind AEK and two behind Panathinaikos, that scored its first home win with Andrea Stramaccioni on its bench downing Asteras Tripolis 2-0 on Sunday. The Greens left it late, but scored twice in the last 20 minutes through Nikos Karelis and Nikos Kaltsas.
In other weekend games, PAS Giannina scored its first away win beating Platanias 1-0, Xanthi drew 1-1 with Veria, Panthrakikos snatched a goalless draw at Iraklis, and Atromitos produced a much-needed 1-0 home victory over bottom club Kalloni Lesvou with an injury time goal by Fernando Usero.
On Monday PAOK travels to Levadiakos.