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GREECE

Aris end Olympiakos streak

Super League leaders Olympiakos Piraeus’ perfect start to the season came to an end on Monday when they grabbed a point late on against Aris in a 2-2 draw. Leonardo Jardim’s team went into the match on the back of seven straight victories, but the visitors were behind twice and had to rely on an 83rd-minute equalizer by Greece international defender Jose Holebas with the hosts down to 10 men. Manolis Papasterianos gave Aris the lead after three minutes, only for Djamel Abdoun to level from the penalty spot six minutes later, before David Aganzo’s 79th-minute strike restored the hosts lead over the champions. However, when Nikos Psychogios was dismissed for a second bookable offense with nine minutes remaining it was 12th-placed Aris hanging on as Olympiakos, who top the table with 22 points from eight games, fought back through Holebas’ equalizer. Panionios are second on 18 points and PAOK are third with 17, while Panathinaikos continue to struggle in ninth with nine points following their 2-2 draw against OFI on Monday, where they were twice in front. There was joy for bottom club AEK on Sunday as the club picked up a vital first win of the season against Platanias in new coach Ewald Lienen’s second game in charge.

NORWAY

NFF proposes novel idea

The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) has a novel idea to even out one-sided matches — if a team go four goals down they can bring on another player, a proposal backed by former Norway international Henning Berg. “It’s a good rule that will lead to more even matches,” said Berg, who was capped 100 times by Norway. “It’s no fun to lose 17-0. It’s no fun to win 17-0 either.” Aalesund coach Kjetil Rekdal, who often partnered Berg in defense for the national side, was less enthusiastic. “It can be positive, to get more [people] active, but it can be negative if you destroy or punish those who are better,” he told Verdens Gang.

FRANCE

M’Vila and Mavinga return

Stade Rennais players Yann M’Vila and Chris Mavinga are back with the first team after being dropped and made to train with the youth team for eight days for disciplinary reasons. M’Vila and Mavinga were among five members of France’s under-21 squad who went to a nightclub between two playoff games for next year’s European Championships. Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti said no new sanctions would be imposed by the club regardless of what the French Football Federation’s disciplinary commission decides. The duo faces a hearing along with three international teammates on Thursday next week. M’Vila and Mavinga, along with Antoine Griezmann, Mbaye Niang and Wissam Ben Yedder, went out in Paris before the return match against Norway, when France lost 5-3 to end their qualification hopes.

BRAZIL

Injury sidelines Seedorf

Botafogo midfielder Clarence Seedorf will be sidelined for at least a week from the Brazilian league because of a right-thigh injury. Botafogo said on Monday that the Dutch player underwent tests, but that he requires a new medical evaluation next week to determine the seriousness of the injury. Seedorf had to be substituted just before halftime in Botafogo’s 4-0 win over Atletico Clube Goianiense on Saturday. He appeared to be in tears as he left the field. The 36-year-old Seedorf signed with Botafogo in July and has helped the team to sixth place in the 20-team standings, staying in contention for the Copa Libertadores next year.

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