Tired and without a coach, Panathinaikos suffered an ominous home loss to Armani Milano for the Euroleague on Friday, after Olympiakos predictably defeated visiting Gran Canaria in Piraeus on Thursday.
Olympiakos will return to Xanthi for a third time this season as it has drawn the local team in the round of 16 of the Greek Cup, while Panathinaikos will get the chance to avenge last year’s elimination by Lamia.
Greek basketball champion Panathinaikos parted ways with coach Xavi Pascual on Thursday and is reported to be close to hiring former Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Three Super League teams crashed out of the Greek Cup as Aris, Levadiakos and Panetolikos got eliminated to the benefit of second-division teams Ergotelis, Panachaiki and Kissamikos Hanion respectively.
Greek referees announced their abstention from the 15th day of the Greek Super League games after the attack by unknown individuals against their collegue from Larissa, Thanassis Tzilos, on Wednesday.
FIFA referee Thanassis Tzilos suffered an attack by four assailants on Wednesday morning and is in hospital with injuries to his head and legs.
Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer’s biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League.
Olympiakos has drawn Ukrainian powerhouse Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League Round 32, according to the draw UEFA held on Monday.
Panionios pushed host Peristeri all the way on Saturday, but the Basket League’s surprise package managed to preserve its perfect record at home and stay joint second at the table, along with Olympiakos.
Olympiakos built on the self-confidence its triumph over AC Milan on Thursday has given it, and thrashed Lamia at home on Sunday to rise to second in the Super League, leapfrogging Atromitos who succumbed to host Panathinaikos.