- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Defending champion Olympiakos barely avoided a surprise home defeat at the hands of Asteras in the Greek league on Saturday, snatching a 1-1 draw.

Uros Durdevic’s penalty kick four minutes into second-half stoppage time was enough to keep Olympiakos at the top of the standings, a position it shares with PAOK, a 1-0 winner over Panetolikos.

Michalis Manias opened the scoring for Asteras in the 55th, also with a penalty kick.

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Also, Levadiakos beat Xanthi 1-0 with its own penalty kick.

AEK and Panionios, playing at Lamia on Sunday and Giannena on Monday, respectively, have a chance to vault over Olympiakos and PAOK.

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