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Yet another change of coach at Iraklis

With 11 games left to play in the soccer Super League, the battle to avoid relegation remains wide open. Although Panthrakikos has all but mathematically returned to the second division after two years in the top flight, there are about nine other teams trying to avoid the two remaining spots that lead to the lower tier. Iraklis has slumped closer to the drop zone after its 2-1 loss at Larissa on Saturday, which led on Sunday to the dismissal of coach Savvas Kofidis. He is replaced by Slovak manager Jozef Bubenko, who is joining the Thessaloniki club for the second time in his career. He will be the third coach for Iraklis this season, as Kofidis had succeeded Oleg Protasov. Second from bottom is Levadiakos, which lost 1-0 at Ergotelis, three points behind Iraklis and one point behind PAS Giannina, which lost 3-1 at AEK. Xanthi is four points above the drop zone having scored its first away goal of the season; yet that was not enough to beat Panthrakikos away (1-1). High-flying Asteras Tripolis defeated Panionios 1-0 on Saturday to send the Nea Smyrni club closer to the danger zone, given also that it will be hosting Olympiakos next. Atromitos, in turn, seems to have improved its chances of survival with its 2-0 win over Kavala at home.