Olympiacos FC are celebrating their 40th Greek title and their third in succession after cruising to a 3-0 victory against AEK Athens FC on the day of their 88th anniversary.
Playing in front of a packed crowd at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium on Sunday, the Piraeus outfit made short work of AEK to keep themselves 16 points clear of nearest challengers Asteras Tripolis FC with five games remaining. Captain Avraam Papadopoulos got the ball rolling when he met Rafik Djebbour's header from a José Holebas cross and scored with 14 minutes gone, giving Olympiacos the perfect start in only his second match back since picking up an injury at UEFA EURO 2012.
The defending champions were entirely dominant and increased their lead on 56 minutes, again through Papadopoulos, who doubled his tally with a towering header from another Holebas cross. Six minutes later, Djebbour provided his second assist of the evening and his fellow Algerian international Djamel Abdoun registered with a close-range finish.
For coach Míchel, appointed in February, the victory represented a first league trophy of his coaching career, and the Spaniard was understandably delighted. "I'm very happy and glad to have contributed to the evolution of this big club," he said. "
We are obviously overjoyed with the league title and our goal now is to achieve the domestic double. I dedicate this title to my players who have followed my instructions to the letter."
Olympiacos face PAS Giannina FC in the Greek Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.
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