Panathinaikos keep the edge

A late goal from Panathinaikos FC's Giannis Goumas ensured Olympiacos CFP stayed second best.

Giannis Goumas kept Panathinaikos FC top of the Hellenic National League on Sunday, securing a point nine minutes from time in a 2-2 draw against ten-man title rivals Olympiacos CFP at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium.

Status quo
Olympiacos, who are also on course to meet their Athens rivals in the Greek Cup final on 28 May, were poised to go to the summit until the defender's equaliser after goals from Ieroklis Stoltidis and Predrag Djordjevic put them in the ascendancy following a penalty opener from Panathinaikos striker Angelos Bassinas. Giovanni was dismissed for the visitors shortly before the last-gasp effort, which kept the gap at the top of the standings at two points with four matches to go.

Shock loss
Third-placed FC PAOK suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Iraklis FC, going down 3-0 on their travels. Marcin Mieczel, Nikos Machlas and Edwin Murati were all on target for the hosts. A strike at the death from Tassos Agritis was enough for Egaleo FC to go fourth by virtue of a 1-0 away win against Halkidona FC

UEFA Cup hopes
Fifth-placed AEK Athens FC defeated bottom club Proodeftiki FC 4-2 in a thriller with Vassilis Tsiartas, Vassilis Borbokis, Nikos Lyberopoulos and Ilija Ivic all among the goals. Panionios NFC, meanwhile, prevailed 2-1 at home against FC Aris Thessaloniki to boost their hopes of a UEFA Cup berth. Alexandros Tziolis and Juan Martin Parodi were the architects of the victory.

Paniliakos woe
Elsewhere, Xanthi FC saw off visitors OFI Crete 1-0 thanks to Petros Dimitriadis’ header, while third-bottom Akratitos FC scored three unanswered goals at the Giannis Pathiakakis stadium against Ionikos FC to give their hopes of avoiding relegation a lift. Second-bottom Paniliakos FC, however, were on the wrong end of a 5-0 home thrashing by Kallithea FC.