PAOK beats Panthrakikos 3-2 to stay atop standings
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris Salpingidis scored a goal and assisted on another in PAOK’s come-from-behind 3-2 home victory over Panthrakikos in the Greek league Sunday.
Dimitris Papadopoulos and Facundo Pereyra also scored for league-leading PAOK. Nicolas Diguiny and Nikos Tsoumanis scored for the visitors.
The league resumed play after games were canceled last weekend following the street assault of a senior refereeing official.
The win kept PAOK in first place, two points ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which won 4-0 at Kerkyra. Kalloni, which played Platanias to a 0-0 draw Saturday, is tied for third with Panathinaikos, which won 2-1 over Veria on Sunday.
Also, Asteras won 4-1 at Ergotelis, Panionios beat Niki Volos 2-1 and Giannena defeated OFI 3-0.
Salpingidis opened the scoring for PAOK in the seventh minute with a close-range shot after Panthrakikos’ defense failed to clear a cross and the ball bounced off a defender his way.
In the 32nd, a cross from the right found Diguiny unmarked just inside the area and his powerful shot went just inside the right post.
Panthrakikos went ahead in the 55th, when Tsoumanis beat a defender to the ball inside the area and blasted a shot into the top right corner of PAOK’s goal.
The hosts recovered quickly and Papadopoulos equalized in the 62nd with a header from Salpingidis’ cross. Pereyra scored the winner in the 65th with a free kick that hit the underside of the crossbar before landing just beyond the goal line.