PAOK, playing with 10 men, staged a comeback to beat Kalloni Lesvou 2-1 on Jan. 14 to climb closer to the top of the Greek soccer league while third place Panathinaikos scored its second home win in four days.
League leader Olympiakos got points withiout playing when cash-strapped Niki Volou withdrew from competition.
Thessaloniki’s PAOK was down 1-0 at the half afer Kalloni’s Nikos Kaltsas scored and then had to play a man short when Ergys Kace was red carded for a foul.
But Argentinian Facundo Pereyra scored twice in eight minutes in the second half to lift PAOK to the important win, helped by goalie Charles Itandje’s stop of a penalty shot eight minutes from the end.
Panathinaikos stayed four points off the top with a tough 1-0 win over Levadiakos, thanks to a super header from Mladen Petric.
PAS Giannina came from 2-0 down to gain a 2-2 draw at fourth-placed Asteras Tripolis, while OFI fell to Panetolikos, 3-1.
In other games, Panthrakikos downed visiting Kerkyra 1-0 and Xanthi shared an entertaining 2-2 draw with Veria.