Panathinaikos got their Super League campaign off to a winning start on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Ergotelis in Crete.
Both goals came from two of their summer signings in the first half. Djibril Cisse was on target for his first goal in the ninth minute of the game while winger Sebastien Leto – who moved across the city from arch-rivals Olympiakos made it 2-0 five minutes before half-time.
The Argentenian winger added a third in the final minute of the match when he got onto the end of a Gabriel cross.
The result came as welcome relief for Panathinaikos who were beaten twice last season by the Cretan team.
Aris also got off to a winning start with Cristian Javier Nasuti scoring the only goal of the game in the 68th minute as they beat newly-promoted Atromitos 1-0 in Thessaloniki.
Another newly-promoted side PAS Yiannina, however, enjoyed some success as they picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Xanthi.
Christos Tzanis put Yiannina ahead after 35 minutes, the equaliser coming just before the hour when Leite Pereira Marcelo hit the back of the net.
Kavala marked their return to the top flight of Greek football with a 1-0 win at Levadiakos on Sunday, as Iraklis broke with recent tradition to also notch up an away win at Panthrakikos.
The only other game played on Sunday resulted in a 0-0 draw between Asteras Tripolis and Larissa.
Super League new boys had Montenegrin midfielder Sinisa Dobrasinovic to thank for their successful debut as the former Anorthosis Famagusta player scored directly from a free-kick on the half-hour mark.
Things were less cut and dried in Komotini where local side Panthrakikos and visitors Iraklis fought it out in an exciting encounter as two former entertainers Ilie Dimitrescu and Oleg Protasov directed their respective teams from the dugouts.
Both men would have admired the work of Iraklis’s Nicolae Dica, who arrived in Thessaloniki this summer on loan from Catania in Italy.
The Romanian attacking midfielder showed the kind of skill he was know for during his Steaua Bucharest days when he picked up a poor clearance after half an hour and smashed the ball into the Panthrakikos net.
Another Romanian, Marius Mitu, hit back for the home side in the second half.
On the 70 minute mark, he finished from close range to put Panthrakikos back in the game.
But Dica was not finished and just eight minutes later he scored direct from a free-kick to ensure that Protasov’s men took all three points back with them to Thessaloniki.
It was Iraklis’s first win on the opening day of the season for five years.