Panachaiki Relegated, Panelefsiniakos Still Alive
The historic team from Patra, Panachaiki, was relegated to the Greek Football League 2 (3rd division) after their 0-1 loss to Agrotikos Asteras. One safety spot now remains in the Football League between Zakynthos (lost to Panegialios 2-0) and Panelefsiniakos (defeated Kallithea 2-1).
Panachaiki will join Ergotelis and Olympiacos Volou in next season’s Greek 3rd Division after their 0-1 loss to indifferent Agrotikos Asteras. The loss mathematically relegated Panachaiki as they sit in 16th place in the Football League. Zakynthos fell to Panegialios 2-0 and the islanders now hang by a thread to avoid relegation. Panelefsiniakos, who defeated Kallithea 2-1, are still alive for safety and will need at least one point in their final match against Lamia.
The Regelation Scenario
Panelefsiniakos and Zakynthos are currently tied on 31 points in the Football League standings. On the final matchday, Zakynthos will earn all three points against forfeited Ergotelis (removed from the Football League) and will move to 34 points. Panelefsiniakos will need a win or a draw (will move to 32 or 34 points) to have any hopes for safety. If the team from Elefsina does not lose their final match, the courts will then decide if they will remain in the Football League. Earlier in the season, Panelefsiniakos lost to Apollon Smyrnis; however Apollon had too many foreign players in their roster at once, violating the league’s allowance of 5 foreign players on a team’s roster. Based on the rules of the league, Apollon should lose the game 3-0 for this violation. If the courts “award” Panelefsiniakos the 3-0 win, they will move ahead of Zakynthos (35 or 37 points) and avoid relegation to the Football League 2 (thus Zakynthos will be relegated). This is, of course, if Panelefsiniakos gets at least one point against Lamia next week. A loss for Panelefsiniakos will mathematically relegate the team from Elefsinia. Since Zakynthos holds the advantage over Panelefsiniakos in a tie-breaker (34 points), Panelefsiniakos will be relegated to the third division.
HIGHLIGHTS: PANACHAIKI - AGROTIKOS ASTERAS
highlights: panelefsiniakos - kallithea
HIGHLIGHTS: PANEGIALIOS - ZAKYNTHOS
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