PAOK, Asteras keep summit in sight

*Asteras Tripolis players celebrate

Wins for PAOK and Asteras Tripolis on Saturday helped the pair of clubs move level with Olympiacos and Panionios, who failed to pull ahead of the leading pack after the Kyanerythri were stunned by Levadiakos for their first dropped points of the season.

The weekend action started with a shocking 3-0 score-line in Leivadia as Dimitris Eleftheropoulos suffered his first defeat as Panionios boss at the hands of Levadiakos after leading the Nea Smyrni side to three consecutive wins to start the season.

Stelios Vasiliou had Levadiakos 2-0 up inside 10 minutes as thePrasinistunned Panionios for an early lead in Leivadia. Stefano Napoleoni could have made it 3-0 but his shot found the woodwork, only for Giorgos Zisopoulos to add more salt to Panionios’ wounds with a strike of his own on 18 minutes.

The visitors looked to make a brave come-back, but it appeared that the Kyanerythri were deflated by the early defecit as Panionios slumped to their first defeat of the season.

In Tripoli, Asteras rebounded from their devestating loss to PAOK last weekend with a 2-1 win over Platanias. Ruben Rayo, who hit the woodwork three times in last week’s loss at Toumba, opened the scoring for the Arcadians just before half-time.

Emmanuel Perrone’s second half strike was good enough to ensure Sakis Tsiolis’ men full points on their return home, even with ex-Asteras man Shikoze Udoji finding the back of the net for Platanias for a late consolation.

PAOK made it two wins on the trot as the Dikefale tou Vorra steamrolled Skoda Xanthi 3-0 in Thrace. Stefanos Athanasiadis scored from the spot for the second consecutive matchday as PAOK went up 1-0 after 10 minutes on a night that proved to be Marinos Ouzounidis’ last as Xanthi bench-boss.

The former Iraklis and Larissa manager had started the season brightly on the Xanthi bench, but his problems against PAOK were compounded thanks to late tallies from Bertrand Robert and Costin Lazar.

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