Greek League Roundup, Dec. 20

Javier Campora scored the only goal of the game on Sunday to lead

Aris Thessaloniki to a 1-0 win over defending champion Olympiakos

in the Greek league.

Olympiakos’ first loss this season helped rival Panathinaikos

to retain the lead in the Greek league.

Halfway through the 30-round season, Panathinaikos has 38

points, two more than Olympiakos. Panathinaikos had beaten newcomer

Giannena 4-0 on Saturday.

Aris controlled play from the kickoff and only several good

saves by goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis kept Olympiakos in the

match.

A powerful shot by Mehdi Nafti in the 15th minute forced

Nikopolidis to make a diving save.

Seven minutes later, he saved with an outstretched arm to

foil a low drive by Toni Calvo before tipping a free kick from

Darcy Neto over the crossbar in the 31st.

A powerful shot by Calvo was again saved by Nikopolidis in

the 58th. A minute later, Aris’ keeper Michalis Sifakis punched

away a blistering shot by Leonardo.

But Campora finally broke the deadlock in the 70th minute

after a mix-up between Nikopolidis and Oscar.

In the remaining minutes, Olympiakos launched a series of

attacks to try and equalize but the Aris defense held firm.

Also Sunday, it was: Panthrakikos 0, Atromitos 3; Panionios

1, Kavala 2; Asteras 2, AEK 0 and Xanthi 4, Iraklis 3.