Aris has slipped further in the hunt for third position after being defeated by the recently-crowned league champions, Olympiacos, failing to capitalise on Panathinaikos and AEK’s stalemate.
The Thessaloniki club lost 0-1 at home to the Piraeus giants in the final game of the Greek Super League play-offs seventh round on Monday morning (AEST), falling two points behind the “Trifylli”.
A rotated Olympiacos outfit maintained a resolute base to get their revenge in the same stadium which gave them their only regular season loss, with striker Tiquinho Soares’ tap-in following a free-kick enough to secure the three points (55′).
Panathinaikos earned a goalless draw away to AEK in a hard-fought Athens derby, protecting their slim lead ahead of both Enosi and Aris.
PAS Giannina pulled off a magnificent 1-0 upset at home against PAOK to earn their first win of the play-offs. The Epirotans bagged a late winner after an excellent team movement was finished off by winger Jan-Marc Schneider from close range (77′).
Apollon Smyrnis was officially relegated to the second division after drawing 0-0 to Lamia at home on Sunday morning in the sixth round of the play-outs. The Fthiotida side will now have to prepare for the relegation play-offs against either Veria or Levadiakos.
Ionikos defeated Atromitos 0-1 away to take their winning streak to four as they look to finish top of the bottom half. Midfielder Aias Aosman produced a wonderful free-kick effort to put the Nikaia side ahead (68′). Atromitos striker Efthymis Koulouris missed a golden opportunity to equalise when his penalty deflected off the left post (78′) and Ionikos was able to hold on for the win.
Panetolikos and Volos played out a goalless draw to keep both sides level on points going into the final round of the play-outs.
OFI downed Asteras Tripolis 1-0 in Crete to go top of the Relegation group, thanks to a winner from striker Luiz Phellype (73′).
Greek Super League Ladder
6-PAS Giannina: 46
3-Asteras Tripolis: 40
8-Apollon Smyrnis: 21
Greek Super League midweek fixtures currently scheduled
PAOK-Aris: Thu 12 May
AEK-PAS Giannina: Thu 12 May
Olympiacos-Panathinaikos: Thu 12 May