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Iraklis becomes the surprise leader of the Super League

Soccer’s Super League continues to have an unfamiliar appearance, to the satisfaction of neutral fans, as the upsets keep coming and unfancied Iraklis is now top of the league after three rounds of games. Iraklis became the only Super League side with seven points from three games thanks to its 1-0 home win over Larissa on Saturday. The only goal in the whole encounter was an own goal by Daniel Cousin, who sent the ball in in the 29th minute of the match at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium. The two sides finished the game with 10 men each after Stathis Tavlaridis of Larissa and Pitu Garcia of Iraklis got sent off. Champion Panathinaikos was unable to retain its position at the top of the table as it dropped two points at Kavala on Saturday. The hosts actually deserved more than the 2-2 draw they got, having led for most of the game with goals from Duglao and Jean Claude Darcheville. Panathinaikos had struck first through Djibril Cisse, and it was the French international the Greens had to thank for heading in the equalizer, too, 11 minutes from time. Olympiakos grabbed its second win of the season beating Panserraikos 1-0 away courtesy of new signing Marco Pantelic, his first for the Piraeus club. This was a hard-fought win for the Reds who failed to produce a satisfactory performance but managed to get all three points and rise to second on the table. They are joined by Ergotelis, who beat Xanthi on Saturday with a 1-0 score, and newly promoted Kerkyra, who defeated visiting Atromitos 3-1 in comprehensive fashion. AEK snatched one point from the jaws of defeat at the Olympic Stadium as Asteras Tripolis came away with a 2-2 draw from what was the most entertaining game of the weekend. PAOK was also held at home to new boys Olympiakos Volou 1-1, while Panionios saw off 10-man Aris 1-0 at home through a late Bosko Balaban strike. Iraklis leads the table with seven points, Olympiakos, Ergotelis and Kerkyra have six. Asteras Tripolis, PAOK and Panathinaikos follow with five, Olympiakos Volou, AEK, Larissa and Panionios have four, Aris has three, Kavala rose to two along with Xanthi, Atromitos has one and Panserraikos is yet to score a point.