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Maresca’s goal for Olympiakos steals the Super League show

The favorites enjoyed victories and didn’t concede any goals during the weekend’s soccer action for the Super League in the second round of games. Panathinaikos became the first team to double its wins on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Xanthi at home that was easier than what the score revealed. Greece midfielder Kostas Katsouranis met Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’s corner kick with his head to score for the Greens in the 39th minute. Olympiakos scored twice in the first half via Leonardo and Enzo Maresca (a stunning strike) to beat Larissa 2-0 away, while AEK needed an Ismael Blanco goal in the second half to beat Atromitos 1-0 at Peristeri. PAOK put three past Levadiakos in the second half to win 3-0 in Thessaloniki, with goals coming from Vieirinha, Vassilis Koutsianikoulis and Lucio Filomeno. A day earlier, Thessaloniki saw its local derby between Iraklis and Aris, which finished 2-2, get marred by an Iraklis fan who smacked Aris keeper Michalis Sifakis on the cheek. Finally, in the rest of the weekend’s action: it was Panionios 1, Ergotelis 1; PAS Yiannina 2, Panthrakikos 0; and Kavala 0, Asteras Tripolis 1. The table reads: Panathinaikos 6, PAS Yiannina 4, Iraklis 4, Aris 4, Asteras Tripolis 4, PAOK 3, Olympiakos 3, AEK 3, Kavala 3, Xanthi 1, Panionios 1, Larissa 1, Ergotelis 1, Atromitos 0, Panthrakikos 0 and Levadiakos 0, although PAOK, Olympiakos, AEK and Panionios have a game in hand, to be played on September 23. Moon joins PAOK As the Super League takes a break due to the national team’s games, several clubs made some last-ditch efforts to strengthen their rosters yesterday on the last day the summer transfer window was open. PAOK made the most impressive move by landing Panathinaikos’s South African right-back Bryce Moon, while letting striker Ilias Anastasakos join Atromitos. The Peristeri club in turn sold right-back Stergos Marinos to Panathinaikos, who gave defender Christos Melissis to Larissa. AEK has signed Aris’s Bosnian midfielder Sanel Jahic and Argentine central defender Nicolas Bianchi Arce from San Lorenzo. Kavala acquired Liverpool’s out-of-favor goalkeeper Charles Itandje on a yearlong loan. Aris signed Sebastian «Pitu» Garcia, a former Iraklis player, and Brazilian goalie Renato Piovesan. Iraklis let go of striker Anestis Agritis who was to join OFI Crete.