Olympiakos came from behind to beat Panetolikos at home and increase its lead at the top of the Super League table to nine points on Sunday, as Panathinaikos drew at Larissa and was joined by Xanthi at the second spot.
Panetolikos led early in the second half in Piraeus through Giorgos Koussas, but Olympiakos eventually won 3-1 after goals from Seba, Oscar Cardozo and Diogo Figueiras. “We have won, but we did not play well,” admitted Olympiakos manager Paulo Bento.
Panathinaikos shared a goalless draw with host Larissa in an ill-tempered game where the Greens’ captain, Zeca was sent off.
Notably Larissa had the message “The children of the refugees are our children” on the players’ jerseys despite the Super League’s refusal to allow it, considering it a political message. However the General Secretary for Sport, Ioulios Synadinos voice his support for Larissa’s move and went to the AEL FC Arena to attend the game.
Xanthi has now collected 22 points from 12 games, after thrashing Veria 4-0 away on Saturday, staking a claim for a play-off position.
Panionios has risen to fourth, one point behind Xanthi and Panathinaikos through its 4-1 triumph at Levadiakos.
PAOK was even more emphatic, dismantling host Kerkyra 5-0, but is a distant 14 points from the top.
In other weekend games Platanias downed Atromitos 3-0 and Iraklis drew 1-1 with Asteras Tripolis.
On Monday AEK greets PAS Giannina.