Panachaiki full for promotion, Dropped points for Drama & Apollon Pontou
GREEK FOOTBALL LEAGUE - MATCHDAY 8
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|16-Dec-17||Sparti||1 - 0||Panserraikos|
|17-Dec-17||Ergotelis||1 - 1||Apollon Pontou|
|FF||Acharnaikos||0 - 3||Aiginiakos|
|17-Dec-17||Panachaiki||2 - 0||Panegialios|
|17-Dec-17||Karaiskakis||0 - 1||Trikala|
|17-Dec-17||Aris||0 - 0||OFI|
|17-Dec-17||Veria||1 - 0||A. Karditsas|
|17-Dec-17||Doxa Dramas||1 - 1||AOX Kissamikos|
|17-Dec-17||Kallithea||0 - 1||Apollon Larissas|
Panachaiki’s fantastic start to the Greek Football League continued on Sunday after a 2:0 victory over Panegialios while both Doxa Dramas and Apollon Pontou dropped points over the weekend. Sparti, Trikala. Apollon Larisas, and Veria all celebrated victories on matchday 8.
Second placed Panachaiki cut into Ari’s lead at the top of the table and increased their advantage over third placed OFI after prevailing with a 2:0 victory over Panegialios in Patra. Second half goals from Loumbardeas (69) and Fotakis (89) were enough to send Panachaiki up to 19 points from eight games, just three short of first placed Aris. The Patra side hold a four point advantage over third placed OFI, who played to a goalless draw with Aris over the weekend.
Drama Dramas dropped points for a third week running after playing to a 1:1 draw against AOX Kissamikos. Markopoulos opened the scoring for the Drama side midway through the second half, however 13 minutes later, Pantelakis equalized for the Cretans. Drama sit in 4th on 14 points while AOX Kissamikos grabbed an important point in their fight to avoid the drop as they moved up to nine points from seven matches.
Sparti’s good form continued over the weekend with a narrow 1:0 win over Panserraikos. The only goal of the match was scored by Barettas in the 10th minute of play with the Lakones climbing up to 5th place with 14 points.
Apollon Pontou played to a disappointing 1:1 draw with relegation bound Ergotelis in Crete. The visitors opening the scoring in the 6th minute with Lionis, but the Belgian Cuypers stunned the Pontians 11 minutes from the end with his equalizing goal. The result leaves Apollon Pontou further behind in the fight for promotion while Ergotelis continue to sit bottom of the table with only three points from eight matches.
In other action, Trikala recorded a 0:1 win on the road over in-form Karaiskakis thanks to a late goal from Kapos (82). Apollon Larisas also recorded a big 0:1 win on the road over Kallithea in a relegation six-pointer while Veria moved out of the relegation zone with a 1:0 victory over Anagennisi Karditsas.
Aiginiakos were awarded all three points against Acharnaikos, who have withdrawn from the league.