ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Esteban Solari scored twice to lead Xanthi to a 4-1 home win over Levadiakos and gained some breathing space on Saturday in the fight to avoid relegation from the Greek league.
Solari scored in the third minute and added a penalty in the 49th. Giorgos Georgiou pulled one back for Levadiakos in the 75th, but Nicolas Marin added another penalty in the 84th and Karim Soltani closed the scoring in the 86th.
The win put Xanthi in provisional 10th place, eight points clear of second-to-last Veria, which drew 1-1 with visiting Apollon.
Last-place Aris played OFI to a scoreless home draw. The two bottom teams will be relegated.
League leader Olympiakos, undefeated after 26 rounds, hosts Panathinaikos on Sunday, while second-place PAOK, 20 points behind, visits Ergotelis.