Even the return of its best striker, Costas Mitroglou, couldn’t give front-running Olympiakos a victory against Atromitos, as the Greek soccer league champions had to settle for a 0-0 tie at Peristeri.
The draw cut the Reds lead over second-placed PAOK was cut to eight points. The upstart Atromitos team, which regularly gives fits to the stronger clubs in the league, battled fiercely and Olympiakos gave in return but neither could break the net.
The return of Mitroglou, who had been sitting out hurt for seven weeks, was offset when Olympiakos the day before lost central defender Dimitris Siovas to surgery, sidelining him for three months. That’s a setback for Olympakos before its key Champions League matches with perennial stalwart Manchester United.
he champions also received a blow ahead of their Champions League matches with Manchester United as central defender Dimitris Siovas was operated on Saturday and will miss the action of the next three months. However the match at Peristeri signaled the return to action for Costas Mitroglou after seven weeks on the sidelines.
PAOK gained a point on the front-runners with a 1-0 win at home against Panetolikos through a Lucas goal, but its fans booed the Thessaloniki club’s players off the pitch at the end, disappointed with a half-hearted performance that barely earned a win.
Panathinaikos stayed in fourth beating Panionios 1-0 at home on a goal fromDanijel Pranjic, but Panionios would have got at least a point, or even a victory, had it not missed a penalty kick or hit the goalposts twice.
Asteras remained fifth with its 3-0 win over Platanias Hanion at Tripoli, while Panthrakikos rose to sixth beating rival Thrace club Xanthi 2-1.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland veteran Lawrie Sanchez is proving a star for the Athens club Apollon, which humbled PAS Giannina, 4-0, less than a week after beating Aris, 2-0. That lifts Apollon out of relegation so far.
Veria took advantage of the two red cards shown to OFI Crete players to score its first away win (1-0) with a goal five minutes from the end, a couple of hours before Levadiakos’s return to victories with a 2-0 win over Ergotelis at Livadia.