Panathinaikos are back at the top of the Super League after Djibril Cisse continued to repay his huge transfer fee by bagging both goals in the Greens’ 2-1 win over Panionios on Sunday.

PAO join Olympiakos, who beat Atromitos on Saturday, in first place on 25 points after 9 games.

The two rivals are 10 points are clear of PAOK in third place.

Cisse, who seems to be finding his feet at Panathinaikos, opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the ninth minute. He only had to wait two minutes for his second, when he latched onto a pass from Sotiris Ninis and slotted the ball home coolly.

Panathinaikos did not have it all their way as Sito Riera pulled a goal back for the visitors after 53 minutes. But Panionios were not able to find a second goal in the remainder of the game.

Olympiakos are at the top of the Super League after a late Oscar goal took them to a 1-0 win away at Atromitos.

It is the second consecutive week Olympiakos has relied on a very late goal to defeat smaller opponents.

The Peristeri side battled hard throughout the game and may have thought they had done enough to earn a draw. But the Spaniard popped up ten minutes from time to claim the three points.

The game was marred by crowd trouble at half-time when some fans of the two teams clashed in the stands.

Objects were thrown and Olympiakos hooligans seized large metal poles to attack opposing fans and officials.

There were no reports of injuries or arrests.

PAOK climbed into third spot after a 1-0 win over Xanthi.

Vladan Ivic got the only goal of the game in the 90th minute after a header from a corner, which the referee judged to have crossed the line.

The Xanthi players did not seem so convinced that it was a goal as evident from the vociferous protests.

Kavala have joined the Yellows in fourth place after a resounding 3-0 home win over winless Panthrakikos on Sunday thanks to three second-half goals.

Aris dropped down the Super League table on Saturday after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Larissa.

In an entertaining first half Larissa twice took the lead, through Aleksandar Simic in the eighth minute and then Salim Toama in the 27th.

Each time, though Aris came back with goals from Sebastian Abreu in the 25th and Koke in the 33rd.

Larissa had to play the second half with just ten men after Antonio De Nigris was given a red card on the stroke of half-time. But they managed to hold on for a vital point.

Ergotelis are in sixth after holding seventh-placed AEK to a 2-2 draw on Crete.

Brazilian forward Gustavo Manduca gave AEK a 21st-minute lead but the Yellows fell behind after two goals from Leal Gonzalez. Ismael Blanco salvaged a point for AEK with an 84th-minute penalty.

A change of manager also brought Iraklis a change of fortune on Sunday.

The Thessaloniki side achieved a much-needed win but new coach Savvas Kofidis had to wait until the 88th minute for the goal that saw off the challenge of Asteras Tripolis.

Romanian striker Victoras Iacob was the hero for the home side as he pounced after a goalmouth scramble.

In Sunday’s basement battle, PAS Yiannina drew 1-1 with Levadiakos.

Meanwhile, the shock elimination from the Greek Cup to third-division Trikala on Thursday (see page 19) cost Iraklis manager Oleg Protasov his job.

The Ukrainian was sacked on Friday and is immediately replaced by veteran Iraklis player Savvas Kofidis.

The situation within Iraklis had already been tense given the recent negative results in the league, but the Cup result acted as a catalyst for developments.

Kofidis had been responsible for the club’s youth section and is returning to the first-team bench after about three years.

He is likely to stay on until a successor is found, as he has stated he does not want to take this job permanently.

Reports, however, suggest that he may be convinced to remain at the helm for good. Protasov has therefore become the sixth Super League manager to lose his job this season.

“I wish the team find their way,” said Protasov upon his departure.