Superleague Greece: Panathinaikos leapfrog PAOK into third
AEK Athens defeated PAOK 1-0 at Olympic Stadium in the standout fixture of the Superleague Greece on Sunday.
A Ronald Vargas goal was enough for Gus Poyet's side who remain second on 39 points, 16 behind runaway leaders Olympiacos.
Sunday's win represents AEK's sixth consecutive victory in league and cup, while PAOK have failed to win in their last two league games.
Igor Tudor's men have dropped down to fourth in the standings as a result of Sunday's defeat and Panathinakos winning 2-0 away to Levadiakos.
Former Tottenham, Manchester United and Monaco forward Dimitar Berbatov also seeing red for PAOK on a night to forget for the visitors.
Another former Premier League star had better fortune on Sunday as former Chelsea star Michael Essien bagged his first goal for Panathinakos.
The 33-year-old putting the game to bed with a trademark powerful drive for the Greens in the 78th minute after Marcus Berg has initially put Andrea Stramaccioni's side ahead in the 57th minute.
Panathinakos have moved up to third in the Superleague Greece table and next face Atromitos at Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium in the Greek Cup on Wednesday.