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Panionios leapfrog PAOK into second place
- Updated: October 28, 2012
Panionios continued their outstanding start to the Greek Super League season with victory over Panthrakikos, moving to within three points league leaders Olympiacos.
The Athenians took advantage of PAOK’s slip up in Kerkyra, where Giorgios Donis’ men were held to a 0-0 draw.
Greece international Dimitris Salpingidis had the visitors’ best chances, missing a one-on-one in the first half and a similarly guilt-edged opportunity early on in the second.
It was a frustrating evening for PAOK, who dominated proceedings but were denied all thre points by their determined hosts.
For their part, Kerkyra could have snatched victory but Nikos Tsoumanis’ effort found the woodwork from close range on the stroke of half-time.
Panionios meanwhile leapfrogged PAOK and moved into second place on the league leadder with a 2-1 win over Panthrakikos.
The latter were reduced to ten men after just seven minutes when goalkeeper Giorgos Athanasiadis brought down Dimitris Kolovos after the striker was put through on goal.
Christos Aravidis then made sure his side took advantage of their numerical superiority eleven minutes later with the simplest of finishes.
Panthrakikos were rewarded for a gritty display however when they equalized through Argentine midfielder Munafo Horta in the 59th minute.
It was Aravidis however who would grab headlines and his second goal of the evening on 87 minutes, side-footing home to continue Panionios’ fine start to the domestic season.
In Saturday’s other match, Levadiakos played out a scoreless draw with visiting Asteras Tripoli.
A particularly physical match was short on goal-scoring opportunities, with defender Khalifa Sankare of Asteras and Mauro Poy of Levadiakos’ missing the best chances to fall to their respective sides.
Asteras remain in a respectable fourth place after eight games, three points adrift of PAOK.