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Three second-division teams in the last 16 of the Cup

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Ergotelis, Hania and Larissa are the only second-division teams to have graduated from the group stage of the Greek Cup, as the rest of the last 16 teams are all from the Super League, ahead of Friday’s draw.

Hania entered the second round holding Super League team Panthrakikos to a 2-2 draw on Thursday at home. Panegialios defeated Platanias 1-0 and Zakynthos downed Panetolikos by the same score, but that was not enough for the winning Football League teams to advance.

The other midweek games that saw the completion of the first round had little to offer in the way of upsets even though many top-flight teams fielded second-string lineups. That brought Panathinaikos close to a defeat at Corfu on Thursday, but the Greens snatched a 1-1 draw right at the end of injury time through a Viktor Klonaridis equalizer to Panayiotis Vlachos’s opener.

Olympiakos grabbed a 2-1 win at Apollon Smyrnis via two goals by David Fuster, while AEK thrashed Larissa 5-0 away, two goals coming from Diego Buonanotte, and PAOK drew 1-1 at Olympiakos Volou.

In other games it was Acharnaikos 0 Iraklis 2, Anagennisi Karditsas 0 PAS GIannina 0, Ergotelis 1 Panionios 2, Panachaiki 1 Levadiakos 4, Lamia 0 Veria 1, Kallithea 2 Atromitos 4, Panelefsiniakos 0 Xanthi 5, Kissamikos 0 Kalloni 2 and Panserraikos 0 Asteras Tripolis 1.

The 16 teams to enter Friday’s draw are split between group winners, who cannot face each other, and runner-ups. The seeded teams, that will host the return legs in the round of 16, are Iraklis, Panionios, Olympiakos, AEK, Panathinaikos, PAOK, Atromitos and Asteras Tripolis. The unseeded teams are PAS Giannina, Ergotelis, Hania, Levadiakos, Platanias, Veria, Larissa and Kalloni.