- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - AEK Athens defeated PAOK 1-0 at home on Sunday to strengthen its hold on second place in the Greek league.

Ronald Vargas scored the only goal in the 33rd minute following a goalmouth melee.

A second yellow card for Dimitar Berbatov in the 83rd, for hitting an opposing defender, left PAOK with 10 players. Despite this, the visitors had two good chances to equalize in the closing minutes.

AEK remains 16 points adrift of league leader Olympiakos, which beat Xanthi 1-0 Saturday, and four ahead of Panathinaikos, which won 2-0 at Levadiakos to overtake PAOK in third place.

Also, Giannena won 2-0 at Atromitos and Panetolikos beat Veria 1-0 away.

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