Panathinaikos beats PAOK 2-0


ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Playing under a new coach, Panathinaikos beat PAOK 2-0, allowing Greek league leader Olympiakos to open an eight-point gap over the Thessaloniki team Sunday.

Juan Ramon Rocha replaced Zesualdo Ferreira at Panathinaikos' helm on Wednesday after several disappointing results.

Zeca opened the scoring in the 51st with a low drive and Vitolo converted a penalty in the 83rd. PAOK's goalkeeper Jacobo kept protesting loudly after the goal, was shown a red card and had to be dragged off the field cursing at opponents, teammates and booing spectators. He also hreatened a linesman.

Also Sunday, Xanthi and Panthrakikos battled to a scoreless draw, OFI, which had three shots hit the post, lost 2-0 at home to Levadiakos and visiting last-place AEK thrashed second-to-last Veria 4-0.

Olympiakos had beaten Kerkyra 2-0 Saturday.