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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ibrahima BakayokoOlympiakos will go into next weekend's top-of-the-table clash with Panathinaikos behind the Greens in the Super League table after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with PAS Yiannina thanks two goals from the home side in the last seven minutes of Saturday's game.

The champions are one point behind Panathinaikos who play Asteras Tripolis on Sunday after their draw in northwestern Greece.

It had all started well for the Piraeus club with Michal Zewlakow opening the scoring with a powerful header from a free kick.

Costas Mitroglou, fresh from his debut for Greece a week earlier, doubled Olympiakos's lead in the 80th minute when he finished coolly in a one-on-one situation with the home keeper Dimitris Eleftheropoulos.

At that point, it looked like Zico's men would put the disappointment of a home draw against Iraklis two weeks ago behind them but again they were caught cold by a late comeback.

PAS struck back in the 83rd minute with a shot from outside the area from Christos Tzanis and in the 90th minute Ibrahima Bakayoko stooped to equalize with a header.

Olympiakos coach Zico will now be looking for nothing less than all three points against Panathinaikos at the Karaiskaki Stadium on Sunday.

Saturday also proved a disappointing day for AEK, who were beaten 2-1 at Kavala.

Sinisa Dobrasinovic opened the scoring for the home side in the 55th penalty after the referee awarded a controversial penalty.

Midfielder Savvas Gentzoglou replied in the 68th minute for the visitors but AEK were not able to hold on and five minutes from time when Apostolos Giannou popped up to grab a second for high-flying Kavala who move up to third on 18 points, the same as PAOK who play on Sunday. AEK are in fifth place on 15 points.

In Saturday's other game, Xanthi beat Levadiakos 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by Argentinean Mauro Poy with a close-range finish in the 10th minute.

Levadiakos remain in the drop zone on eight points. Xanthi move up 10th with 13 points.

Sunday, November 08, 2009
Apostolos VelliosPanathinaikos are sitting on top of the Super League on their own, having beaten Levadiakos 24 hours after seeing Olympiakos drop points at home against Iraklis.

The Greens had to wait more than hour before Levadiakos's resistance was finally worn down. Defender Loukas Vintra rose to head a 67th minute corner against the legs of Levadiakos goalkeeper Nikos Karakostas and then watched as the ball trickled into the net. It was scrappy but PAO coach Henk ten Cate was not complaining.

He would have been ecstatic about the second goal, which secured all three points but also showed that the Greens can play some neat football.

French striker Djibril Cisse scored it in the 81st minute when he latched onto a sublime through ball from Gilberto Silva and stroked the ball past Karakostas.

The win means that Panathinaikos have 28 points after 10 games while Olympiakos are in second on 26.

Olympiakos were held to a 1-1 draw by Iraklis on Saturday thanks to an injury-time goal from teenager Apostolos Vellios.

The champions, missing several players through injury, took the lead in the 40th minute thanks to a powerful shot by Enzo Maresca from the edge of the area.

Then, much to the anger of the home fans, a Costas Mitroglou goal ruled out although replays showed no offense was committed. Dudu also hit the bar late on.

Olympiakos were made to pay when Vellios connected with a Dennis Epstein cross and saw the ball bounce into the ground and over the arms of Antonis Nikopolidis. It was the least Iraklis deserved after a late surge in the game, indicating that the return of Savvas Kofidis on their bench is already having the desired effect.

The game ended with Olympiakos players and officials surrounding the referee to complain about his decision to disallow Mitroglou's goal.

PAOK went clear in third place with a 2-1 win away to basement boys Panthrakikos. The Thessaloniki team's goals came from Vierinha and Pablo Garcia. Bedi Buval replied for the hosts who remain bottom of the league with just one point.

PAOK are on 18 points after 10 games, three ahead of local rivals Aris who were held to a 0-0 home draw by Kavala on Saturday despite the visitors having three players sent off in the second half.

Aris had more than 20 attempts at goal and hit the post and the bar during the game but were unable to break down the resistance of Kavala, this season's surprise package.

The new Aris manager Hector Raul Cuper watched the game from the stands and will have been impressed by his side's build-up play but knows that he needs to improve his players' finishing.

On Sunday, Daniel Cesarec scored a hat-trick as Asteras Tripolis beat PAS Yiannina 3-0. Cesarec is the Super League's top scorer with 10 goals.

Bosko Balaban did his best to keep up with the Croation by scoring two for Panionios as they won 2-1 at Xanthi.

Atromitos and Ergotelis drew 0-0 in Athens, leading to the home fans barracking their own players, coach and officials.

AEK take on Larissa on Monday afternoon.


                             P   W  D  L F  A  Pts

1 Panathinaikos      10  9  1  0 20  5 28

2 Olympiakos              10  8  2  0 17  4 26

3 PAOK                   10  5  3  2 12  6 18

4 Kavala                      10  4  3  3 11  8 15

5 Aris Salonika            10  3  6  1 10  8 15

6 Ergotelis                   10  3  5  2 15 12 14

7 Asteras Tripolis       10  4  2  4 13 13 14

8 Panionios                  10  4  2  4 12 11 14

9 AEK                         9  3  3  3 10 10 12

10 Iraklis                10  3  2  5  8 11 11

11 Larissa                  9  2  4  3 10 13 10

12 PAS Yiannina       10  2  4  4  8 13 10

13 Xanthi                  10  3  1  6  6 10 10

14 Atromitos            10  2  3  5  9 10  9

15 Levadiakos            10  2  2  6  6 17  8

16 Panthrakikos      10  0  1  9  6 22  1

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