AEK beats Giannena 3-1 to climb to 2nd place in Greek league
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — AEK Athens beat visiting Giannena 3-1 in the Greek league Sunday to move into second place.
The victory put AEK two points behind defending champion Olympiakos, which won 3-1 over Platanias Saturday.
Atromitos and Panathinaikos both lost 1-0, to Xanthi and Panionios, respectively.
AEK fans invited scores of Syrian refugees to attend the game and raised a banner saying “We are all refugees.” AEK was founded in 1924 by Greek refugees from Turkey following a war between the two countries.
Noe Acosta struck first for Giannena in the 20th minute, but Diego Buonanotte scored in the 35th and 44th to put AEK ahead.
Second-half red cards to Alexis Michail and Themistocles Tzimopoulos left Giannena with nine players.
Ronald Vargas closed the scoring in the 87th.