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Olympiacos drop first points of the season
- Updated: October 30, 2012
Olympiacos dropped their first points of the Greek Super League season as they were held to 2-2 draw away against Aris overnight.
The defending champions were twice forced to equalize against an improving Aris side, who opened the scoring after just three minutes.
David Aganzo’s outstanding long ball was volleyed in acrobatically by Manolis Papasterianos, as the hosts made a perfect start to what is a traditionally fiery clash.
It wasn’t long before Olympiacos responded, however they did so in controversial circumstances as referee Alexandros Aretopoulos awarded the visitors a ninth minute penalty for a seemingly non-existent hand-ball.
Djamel Abdoun dispatched the spot-kick into the bottom left corner of the net, as the two sides began to trade chances in an entertaining game.
Aganzo then scrambled the ball home from a rebound in the 79th minute, before Aris defender Nikos Psychogios received a second yellow card two minutes later, in what would prove to be a pivotal moment in the match.
From the resulting free-kick, the ball fell to Greece international Jose Holebas, who swept home for an Olympiacos equalizer.
Konstantinos Mitroglou then had a guilt-edged opportunity to win the match at the death when presented with virtually an open goal but he scuffed his effort.
In Crete, Panathinaikos also only manage a 2-2 draw, as they were twice pegged back by OFI.
Coming into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Lazio in the Europa League, Panathinaikos took a ninth minute lead through Spanish striker Toche.
Former Ergotelis striker Vasilios Koutsianikoulis snuck in ahead of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis to head home an equalizer on 27 minutes but only two minutes later the visitors would retake the lead, as Charis Mavrias saw his effort take a big deflection on its way in.
OFI were rewarded for an improved second-half display though, with Thanasis Papazoglou’s fine header earning Nikos Anastopoulos’ side a point.