FC PAOK Thessaloniki and Olympiakos Piraeus FC fought out a 1-1 draw when the Greek league resumed this weekend in a match marred by crowd trouble.
The national league was suspended when the government failed to bail out the clubs when the league’s TV deal broke down but hardly resumed in trouble free fashion when an assistant referee was struck by a coin in the Thessaloniki derby and the match was held up for half an hour as he received treatment.
Referee Yiannis Douros had awarded Olympiakos a penalty – successfully converted by Predrag Djordjevic - just before the break, sparking the incident. PAOK equalized from the spot on 56 minutes through Giorgos Georgiadis after Giasemakis Giasemi was hauled down by goalkeeper Dimitris Eleftheropoulos.
The draw allowed AEK Athens FC to stay top of the table after their 1-0 win over Kallithea GS thanks to another penalty, this time by Vassilios Tsartas.
Coach Dusan Bajevic had rested some of his key players, including Demis Nikolaidis, Mauricio Wright, Michalis Kapsis and Vassilis Lakis, ahead of next Wednesday’s decisive UEFA Champions League game with KRC Genk.
Under the charge of new coach Sergio Markarian, Panathinaikos FC defeated Aris Thessaloniki FC 3-2 behind closed doors at their Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.
Panathinaikos led 3-1 by half-time after goals from Nikos Lyberopoulos (5), Angelos Bassinas (18) and Michalis Konstantinou (32). Aris had equalized on the quarter of an hour mark but Giourkas Seitaridis restored the home team’s advantage before Josip Simic pulled another one back after the interval.
PAS Giannina FC recorded their first win for the season with a 3-0 defeat of Panahaiki FC while Iraklis overcame Akratitos FC 1-0 courtesy of Ieroklis Stoltidis' 17th minute strike. Three games, Egaleo FC-Panionios FC, Proodeftiki FC-OFI Crete FC and Ionikos FC-Xanthi FC, ended in scoreless draws.
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