Irakllis holds Panathinaikos in Greek Cup

Irakllis holds Panathinaikos in Greek Cup

The midweek’s first round of games for the Greek Cup’s group stage produced little excitement and hardly any surprises, with the exception of Iraklis holding Panathinaikos to a goalless draw in Athens on Thursday.

Just like in the 1-1 draw at Veria on Monday for the Super League, Panathinaikos wasted a great number of chances and drew 0-0 with a spirited Iraklis at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium. The Greens will now need to beat the other two sides in the group, second-division teams Apollon Smyrnis and OFI, to be sure of advancing to the knock-out stages. Apollon tops the group after downing OFI 1-0 in Athens.

Olympiakos strolled against Platanias on Wednesday winning 3-0, with Felipe Pardo scoring twice and Omar Elabdellaoui once, as Sparti saw off Hania 4-0 in the same group.

PAOK defeated Larissa 2-0, goals coming from Yiannis Mystakidis and Facundo Pereyra. In the same pool Trikala thrashed Panelefsiniakos 5-0 away.

On Tuesday AEK put four past visiting Kerkyra (4-0) thanks to goals by Rodrigo Galo, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Tomas Pekhart, plus an own goal by Jordao Diogo. Lamia overcame Anagennisi Karditsas with a 1-0 score.

In other groups it was PAS Giannina 1 Xanthi 0, Kalloni Lesvou 1 Agrotikos Asteras 2, Aiginiakos 0 Aris 3, Asteras Tripolis 1 Veria 0, Atromitos 1 Panetolikos 0, Panthrakikos 3 Kallithea 0, Panionios 0 Levadiakos 0, and Panserraikos 0 Kissamikos 2.

The second round of games in the group stage is scheduled for November 29-December 1. The top two teams from each group of four advance to the next round.

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