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Greece round-up: AEK suffer Crete defeat

Published: Sunday 3 November 2002, 23.00CET
AEK Athens FC lost 1-0 at lowly OFI Crete FC to allow Panionios FC to move into first place. features

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Published: Sunday 3 November 2002, 23.00CET

Greece round-up: AEK suffer Crete defeat

AEK Athens FC lost 1-0 at lowly OFI Crete FC to allow Panionios FC to move into first place.

AEK Athens FC suffered their first Hellenic National League defeat of the season, losing at OFI Crete FC, allowing Panionios FC to move into first place.

Ten men beaten
OFI, without a win before Sunday's match, scored the only goal on 55 minutes through Elias Kotsios. AEK central defender Michalis Kapsis was sent off in the final minutes of the game, for a second bookable offence, and will miss Wednesday's Greek Cup match against Halkidona FC, though will be eligible for Sunday's eagerly-awaited derby against Olympiakos Piraeus FC

Katanec watches draw
Olympiakos themselves continued their indifferent form as they were held 0-0 by Proodeftiki FC and slipped to fourth place. The reigning champions, with their new head coach Srecko Katanec watching the game from the stands, seemed affected by their four consecutive UEFA Champions League losses and gave newlyp romoted Proodeftiki the chance to extend their unbeaten start to six games.

New leaders
It was Panionios who took advantage of AEK's slip as they beat bottom-placed PAS Giannina FC with 2-0. Petr Vlcek and Ermin Siliak scored in each half to claim the victory, leaving Panionios level on points with AEK and Iraklis FC, who won 2-0 at Egaleo FC with goals from Ederson Fofonka and Tasos Katsabis in the opening 16 minutes.

Away fans protest
Panathinaikos FC won 3-0 at Panahaiki FC with a double from Giorgos Karagounis sandwiching a goal by Pantelis Konstantinidis, in a match marred by disturbances from away fans who destroyed ticket booths and threw seats at security forces in protest against the decision of their club not to give any more tickets to organised groups of supporters following the troubles during the UEFA Cup tie at Fenerbahçe SK on Thursday. The result leaves Panahaiki without a point or a goal this season - but they remain nine ahead of Giannina due to that side's 12-point deduction for financial irregularities.

PAOK comeback
Elsewhere, FC PAOK Thessaloniki came from behind to win 3-1 at Akratitos FC, Aris Thessaloniki FC drew 1-1 with Xanthi FC and, on Saturday, Ionikos FC earned three valuable points at  Kallithea GS, thanks to Seku Kone's 43rd-minute goal and the brilliant performance of their goalkeeper, Socrates Kopsahilis.

Last updated: 04/11/02 0.06CET


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