Panachaiki extend lead over unlucky OFI in fight for promotion
GREEK FOOTBALL LEAGUE - MATCHDAY 13
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|28-Jan-18||Karaiskakis||0 - 0||Doxa Dramas|
|28-Jan-18||Panachaiki||2 - 0||Veria|
|FF||Acharnaikos||0 - 3||Aris|
|28-Jan-18||Ergotelis||0 - 0||Sparti|
|28-Jan-18||Apollon Pontou||4 - 1||Panegialios|
|28-Jan-18||Kallithea||3 - 1||Panserraikos|
|28-Jan-18||Apollon Larissas||1 - 0||OFI|
|28-Jan-18||Trikala||1 - 1||A. Karditsas|
|28-Jan-18||AOX Kissamikos||3 - 1||Aiginiakos|
Panachaiki increased their lead over OFI (loss to Apollon Larisas) in the Football League standings after downing Veria in Patra. Kallithea, Apollon Pontou, and AOX Kissamikos were victorious over the weekend while Ergotelis/Sparti, Karaiskakis/Doxa Dramas, and Trikala/Anagennisi Karditsas played to draws.
Panachaiki continued their impressive season over the weekend by defeating Veria 2:0 in Patra. Both goals for the hosts came in the opening half with Moraitis (29) and Fotakis (39, penalty) finding the back of the net. The result was never in question as Panachaiki added another W to the win column and sit in second place with 32 points, five ahead of OFI who dropped points over the weekend.
OFI were handed a shock 1:0 loss in Larissas at the hands of Apollon Larisas on Sunday. The hosts grabbed the three points late in the game thanks to an 84th minute goal from Evangelos. The visitors were extremely unlucky in the 90 minutes of play as they hit the woodwork on three occasions, but where unable to get on the scoresheet. The loss leaves OFI back in third place on 27 points, five points behind second placed Panachaiki.
Kallithea came from behind to defeat Panserraikos 3:1 in a relegation six pointer. The Serres side took the lead in the 16th minute with Gourtsas, however Spyropoulos quickly responded for the host with his goal four minutes later. Kallithea took the lead in the 28th minute when Smyrlis converted the penalty spot and the same player put the game away with a goal late in the match. The result moves Kallithea up to 12 points, tied with Panserraikos, as both teams continue to sit in the relegation zone, but remain with striking distance of safety.
In other action, Apollon Pontou easily defeated Panegialios 4:1 in Thessaloniki while Ergotelis/Sparti and Karaiskakis/Doxa Dramas played to goalless draws. Trikala were unable to return to winning ways after playing to a 1:1 draw in their local derby with Anagennisi Karditsas as AOX Kissamikos remain midtable after a 3:1 win over Aiginiakos.
The league leaders, Aris, were awarded all three points over Acharnaikos, who have withdrawn from the league.