Panathinaikos and Olympiakos draw 1-1
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -Panathinaikos stayed on top of the Greek league after a 1-1 draw at archrival Olympiakos on Saturday.
Zeca put Panathinaikos ahead in the first half before Rafik Djebbour equalized early in the second for the hosts.
Panathinaikos leads defending champion Olympiakos by two points after eight games.
Also, AEK defeated Asteras 2-0 and Kerkyra notched its first victory, 2-1 over visiting Ergotelis.
Panathinaikos early on fell back and relied on counterattacks to threaten. Its tactic paid off in the 17th minute, when Costas Katsouranis sent a forward pass to the swift Quincy, who burst into the area and crossed for Zeca to score from close range.
Olympiakos pressured for the equalizer but it was Panathinaikos which nearly scored a second in the 29th when top league scorer Sebastian Leto's shot from outside the area grazed Balasz Megyeri's left post.
Olympiakos almost leveled in the 34th, when David Fuster's shot from inside the Panathinaikos area rattled the post.
Olympiakos dominated the second half with better, and faster, ball movement, which paid off early on. In the 48th, a quick exchange of passes found Mirallas alone on the left wing. Josu Sarriegi's tackle failed to get at the Belgian forward's cross and Djebbour scored from point-blank range, having lost his defender.
Four minutes later, in another Olympiakos charge, Fuster crossed from the right and Mirallas' shot was deflected by defender Stergos Marinos into the arms of goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino.
In the 57th, Cleyton sent a deep ball to Leto, but Megyeri charged off his area to make a saving tackle.
Djebbour came close to another goal when a header from inside the area sailed over the bar in the 62nd.
In the 79th, it was Panathinaikos' turn to waste a chance when a powerful low drive by Leto went just wide.
In the 83rd, the 17-year-old Kapino made the save of the game to a powerful shot by Fuster, allowing Panathinaikos to escape with the draw.
On Sunday, Drama and Levadiakos make their debut in the league, having replaced Kavala and Volos, who were demoted to the fourth division over their owners' involvement in a match-fixing scandal. They will make up for their delayed start with midweek games. Drama hosts Panionios and Levadiakos travels at third-place Atromitos. In the remaining games, newcomers OFI and Giannena host Aris and Xanthi, respectively, and PAOK plays Panaitolikos.
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