Panathinaikos FC took advantage of Olympiacos CFP's defeat by AEK Athens FC to seize top spot.
AEK Athens FC’s 1-0 defeat of second placed Olympiacos CFP on Sunday allowed Panathinaikos FC to move into first position in the Hellenic National League.
AEK, in sixth, achieved a hard-earned victory in the Athens derby for the second consecutive year after Vassilis Lakis converted a perfect through-ball from Vassilis Tsiartas. Panathinaikos took full advantage of the result, edging out Panionios NFC 1-0 for their tenth consecutive victory thanks to Lucian Sanmartea’s 84th-minute long-range effort.
Third-placed FC PAOK were also 1-0 winners, overcoming Kallithea FC to improve their hopes of a UEFA Champions League berth. The winning goal was scored from close range by Sladjan Spasic in the 42nd minute. Egaleo FC, in fourth, enjoyed a more comfortable outing against Paniliakos, sauntering to a 4-1 triumph in a match in which Anestis Agritis scored twice.
A fine early goal from Giorgos Zaharopoulos allowed Halkidona FC, in fifth, to defeat Iraklis FC 1-0 while OFI Crete saw off Akratitos FC 2-1. In the remaining games, Xanthi FC drew 2-2 with Proodeftiki FC while FC Aris Thessaloniki also shared the spoils after they were held 1-1 by Ionikos FC.