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Greece round-up: Olympiakos on top

Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 18.36CET
Defeat for FC PAOK Thessaloniki meant Olympiakos Piraeus FC took pole position in the Alpha Ethniki. features

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Published: Monday 16 December 2002, 18.36CET

Greece round-up: Olympiakos on top

Defeat for FC PAOK Thessaloniki meant Olympiakos Piraeus FC took pole position in the Alpha Ethniki.
Olympiakos Piraeus FC went top of the Alpha Ethniki after a convincing 3-0 win against Panionios FC, while Aris Thessaloniki FC moved into joint second place with victory in the Thessaloniki derby.

Stylish Giannakopoulos
Midfield player Stylianos Giannakopoulos capped a dominant performance by the champions with a 23rd-minute goal at the Rizoupoli stadium and assists for the other two scores - an early Giovanni header and Alexios Alexandris's volley eight minutes from time.

PAOK caught by rivals
The victory was enough to give Olympiakos a two-point advantage over FC PAOK Thessaloniki. The overnight leaders lost 2-0 away to Aris, who joined their more illustrious rivals on 21 points. Substitutes Richard Knopper and Niren Debah came off the bench to conjure three points for the hosts. First Debah nodded in Knopper's 85th-minute free-kick, then the Dutchman laid on a second for Debah in injury time.

Panathinaikos struggle
Panathinaikos FC missed the chance to leapfrog the Thessaloniki clubs as they were held by Xanthi FC. The Greens lacked the imagination to break down a Xanthi team who claimed their seventh draw in eleven league games. Meanwhile, AEK Athens FC returning to winning ways with a 2-0 success at Iraklis FC. Goals from Christos Maladenis and Themistoklis Nikolaidis lifted AEK level on points with their hosts at the Nea Efkarpia stadium - and into fifth place.

Neighbourly feeling
The weekend's best travellers, however, were mid-table Proodeftiki FC whose victory at Ionikos FC was their first at the home of their Piraeus neighbours in 25 years. Giannis Providas's 73rd-minute effort divided the sides - and left Ionikos fourth from bottom in the division.

Hard work
In Crete, the teams in eleventh and tenth places drew 2-2. Substitute Xenofon Moshogiannis was the hero with a 94th-minute equaliser as hosts OFI Crete FC came back to claim a point against Egaleo FC. Kallithea GS were also made to work for their point against second-from-bottom PAS Giannina FC, who twice led before Blendar Kola converted a 54th-minute penalty to round off the scoring in a 2-2 draw.

Panahaiki prevail
Finally, Panahaiki FC recorded their first three points of the campaign in a 2-0 triumph over Akratitos FC. Emanuele Morini's double strike lifted the spirits at the bottom club, for whom Giannis Baltimas saved a second-half penalty.

Last updated: 17/12/02 3.23CET


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