3rd-division Kastoria in cup semis

Third-division soccer club Kastoria made Greek Cup history last night by becoming the lowly division’s first-ever semifinal qualifier in the competition. The team from northern Greece, which had won the cup back in 1980, edged out the top division’s last-placed Proodeftiki in a penalty shootout. Kastoria went into the game with a 1-0 advantage, which was leveled by Proodeftiki two minutes before time. Kastoria emerged victorious with a 4-3 score in the penalty shootout. League front-runner Olympiakos also qualified for the Greek Cup semifinals yesterday, following a scoreless away draw against Panionios in a second-leg quarterfinal. The Piraeus club went into the game with a 1-0 advantage. In the competition’s other quarterfinal games, AEK will face Iraklis at home tonight for a first-leg clash before the sides meet again in Thessaloniki on March 17. The league’s second-placed Panathinaikos, which suffered a shock 1-0 away defeat against second-division club Patraikos in their quarterfinal’s first leg, plays a second leg on March 17.