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Greece round-up: Panathinaikos prop up the pile

Published: Monday 2 September 2002, 0.02CET
Panathinaikos FC fell to their second defeat on Sunday, losing 1-0 to Proodeftiki FC.

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Published: Monday 2 September 2002, 0.02CET

Greece round-up: Panathinaikos prop up the pile

Panathinaikos FC fell to their second defeat on Sunday, losing 1-0 to Proodeftiki FC.

Panathinaikos FC fell to their second successive Ethniki Katigoria defeat of the season on Sunday, losing 1-0 at the hands of Proodeftiki FC.

Poulopoulos pounces
The only goal of the game came after just five minutes, when Giorgos Poulopoulos found the net, ultimately condemning Panathinaikos to bottom spot in the table.

Venetidis vital
Olympiakos Piraeus FC got their second win in the league, beating ten-man OFI Crete away from home thanks to a masterful performance by Stelios Venetidis. The left-back set up the game's only goal for Stilianos Giannakopoulos but also twice cleared the ball off his own goal-line to secure three points for his side. OFI's Kostas Kiassos was sent off in the dying minutes for a foul on Giannakopoulos.

AEK up and running
AEK Athens FC had no trouble getting their first win of the season against PAS Giannina FC. They opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Ilija Ivic's header and Vassilis Tsartas doubled the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time. Immediately after the break Demis Nikolaidis made it 3-0, although a succesful penalty from Xenofon Gitas on the hour reduced the deficit.

Bah opener
In a very tense game between two teams involved in this year’s UEFA Cup, Xanthi FC and FC PAOK Thessaloniki drew 1-1. PAOK created plenty of chances, but it was the home side who opened the scoring through Ismael Bah seven minutes before half-time.

Crowd trouble
The goal sparked unrest in the crowd, which caused the game to be delayed for a short while, but after the restart PAOK continued to dominate and eventually grabbed an equalizer in the dying seconds through a Giorgos Georgiadis penalty.

Captain fantastic
Despite Kostas Pozapalidis being sent off after just half an hour, Akratitos got their first three points of the season at Kallithea. Akratitos captain Lefteris Velentzas scored both goals in the 2-0 victory. Iraklis FC also recorded a 2-0 win, beating Panahaiki GC thanks to goals from Takis Gonias and Marcin Mieczel.

Bassir strikes
Meanwhile, a solitary goal from Selahedine Bassir gave Aris victory against Panionios, even though they had Giorgos Koltsidas sent off with 25 minutes still on the clock, and the game between Ionikos and Aigaleo ended goalless.

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