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
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.