Greek League Roundup, Mar. 14

Panathinaikos extended its lead at the top of the Greek league to

five points on Sunday after defender Loucas Vyntra scored the

winner in a 1-0 victory at Asteras.

The Athens club has 61 points from 26 games, while

second-place has PAOK has 56 after losing 2-0 to crosstown rival

Aris on Sunday. Defending champion Olympiakos is third with 54

points and also stumbled at the weekend, being held to a 2-2 home

draw by relegation-threatened Giannena on Saturday.

Panathinaikos came close to scoring in the fifth minute when

a powerful shot by Giorgos Karagounis from outside the area forced

Matias Degra into a diving save.

Two minutes later, it was Asteras’ turn when Sebastian

Carrera seized possession inside the Panathinaikos area but his low

drive went just wide.

Panathinaikos nearly broke the deadlock on the hour mark when

Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva just failed to reach a perfect

cross by Sebastian Leto with Degra out of position.

But Vyntra made no mistake in the 72nd minute, collecting a

pass from Leto before finding the net with a shot from outside the

area. Things then became even easier for Panathinaikos three

minutes later when Sokratis Fitanidis was sent off for a second

yellow card.

Also Sunday, it was: Levadiakos 2, Xanthi 1; Larissa 1

Ergotelis 0; and Panthrakikos 0, Panionios 1.