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Monday, 23 March 2009 00:20

Greece: Edinho and Lourenco among goals as race for second hots up

Three-way fight for second

EdinhoOn a weekend in which Olympiakos were crowned champions, Fernando Santos’ PAOK Saloniki side drew level with Panathinaikos in the chase for the runners-up spot in the Greek Super League with a 2-1 home win over Thrasivoulos Fylis on Sunday.

Although captain Sergio Conceicao was not available for Santos, former Porto midfielder Vieirinha did start the match, playing for 80 minutes for PAOK, who along with Panathinaikos are on 54 points, eleven points adrift of the leaders with three games left to play. Pana were held to a 1-1 draw at Asteras Tripolis, for whom Ricardo Esteves was a late substitute.

Olympiakos sealed the title with a 3-2 victory at Panionios, with former Sporting forward Lourenco scoring for the home side. Olympiakos took the lead on 22 minutes through Matt Derbyshire, but Lourenco drew Panionios level in first-half injury time. Anderson Gonzaga put the home side ahead early in the second half, but the visitors hit back through a Maniatis own goal and Dudu’s winner, handing them their fifth title in a row.

Edinho (pictured) was also in the goals in AEK’s 3-1 victory over Levadiakos in the capital. Both Edinho and Geraldo Alves started the match on the bench, with former Setubal striker Edinho introduced on 65 minutes with the hosts already 2-1 up to put the seal on the win with an 81st-minute clincher. The result sees AEK stay in fourth, just one point behind Panathinaikos and PAOK in the race for second.

Elsewhere, Ergotelis, with Daniel Kenedy, were 1-0 winners at Xanthi, who had Francisco Zuela in attack, while Manuel Lopes watched from the sidelines as his Panthrakikos team lost 4-3 at OFI to drop down to 10th place.

By Sean Gillen

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