The first round of games for the new B' Ethniki championship had several unexpected results in store last weekend.
Promotion favourites OFI Crete suffered a 2-1 loss at Diagoras on Saturday in a game marred by turbulence at the visitors' stands.
Olympiakos Volou went down 3-1 to visiting Kerkyra in the opening game last Friday, although the hosts are also seen to be among the teams aspiring to go up to the Super League.
Ionikos also lost 1-0 at home to neighbours Ethnikos Piraeus on Sunday, while recently-promoted Panetolikos, coach by former Olympiakos player Sinisa Gogic, lost 2-0 at Pierikos on Monday.
Rodos, which replaced Apollon Kalamarias in late August as the Thessaloniki side went bankrupt, managed to hold Thrasyvoulos at 1-1 away. The Fyli club are one of the three teams which got relegated from the Super League last spring.
Another one of them, Panserraikos, also failed to win at home as Anagennisi Karditsas snarched a 1-1 away draw.
Olympiakos Volou 1 Kerkyra 3
Diagoras 2 OFI 1
Thrasyvoulos 1 Rodos 1
Kalamata 1 Ilisiakos/Egaleo 1
Agrotikos Asteras 0 Ethnikos Asteras 0
Panserraikos 1 Anagennisi Karditsas 1
Ionikos 0 Ethnikos 1
Doxa Dramas 1 Ilioupoli 1
Pierikos 2 Panetolikos 0
Veria and Kallithea are following Kastoria from the second to the third division as Atromitos were crowned B' Ethniki champions for the 2008-09 season.
In the last round of games on Monday the relegation of Kallithea was sealed early on as they went down 2-1 at Ilisiakos, but Veria fought until the last minute to avoid the second drop in as many seasons trailing at home to fellow strugglers Anagennisi Karditsas.
Eventually Anagennisi won 1-0 at Veria and stayed up, with the home fans calling for the Veria owner to sell his stake and go.
Atromitos had a huge party to celebrate finishing first in the standings and bouncing back to the Super League after just one season in B' Ethniki.
The Peristeri side downed Ethnikos 2-1 and then 3,000 fans enjoyed their team lifting the trophy and regaining their top flight status.
Also going up to the Super League are PAS Yiannina and Kavala.
Doxa Dramas and Ilioupolis are promoted from the third to the second division, while the third team to go up will be determined by a play-off between Rodos and Panetolikos on Saturday, May 23.
Apollon Kalamarias 2 Kastoria 0
Ilisiakos 2 Kallithea 1
Diagoras 1 Ethnikos Asteras 3
Olympiakos Volou 1 PAS Yiannina 1
Kerkyra 2 Kalamata 1
Agrotikos Asteras 4 Pierikos 0
Ionikos 2 Kavala 2
Veria 0 Anagennisi Karditsas 1
Atromitos 2 Ethnikos 1
(after 34 games)
PAS Yiannina 69
Agrotikos Asteras 45
Olympiakos Volou 41
Apollon Kalamarias 41
Ethnikos Asteras 40
Anagennisi K. 39
Kavala thrash Atromitos as both go up
PAS Yiannina also earn promotion
PAS Yiannina take Super League ticket
Veria vs Ilisiakos match suspended
Atromitos return to Super League
PAS Yiannina lose at Kalamata
Top three edge closer to Super League
Kerkyra unlikely to catch up with them
PAS and Atromitos ever closer to promotion
Fans clash in Corfu
Eight-star PAS Yiannina sink Kallithea
Kavala move up to third
Atromitos return to top of B' Ethniki
Kavala replace Anastopoulos with Papacostas
Atromitos catch up with PAS Yiannina
Ionikos edge closer to top
Olympiakos Volou close to Materazzi Snr
Voutsakelis takes over at Kalamaria
Atromitos change coach as PAS fly high
Ioannina side build three-point lead
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