Three first-half goals gave a clearly superior Olympiakos a 3-0 win over archrival Panathinaikos in the Greek derby on Sunday to make the Reds a hot favorite for one more Super League title, as they have now opened a seven-point gap over the Greens. AEK and PAOK also had adverse results this weekend.
Olympiakos was a class above its Eternal Rival on the night, and it is only due to its dropping a gear in the second half that the score did not reach record levels for an Olympiakos vs Panathinaikos game.
After a rather balanced first 20 minutes, Olympiakos scored from almost every occasion it had in the rest of the first half, with Alberto Botia, Tarik Elyounoussi and Brown Ideye on target.
Even a consolation goal was beyond reach for Panathinaikos that missed a second-half penalty via Cristian Ledesma.
The result is likely to trigger significant developments within second-placed Panathinaikos, given also its 3-0 home loss to Standard Liege on Thursday for the Europa League.
Panionios climbed to joint third at the table, alongside PAS Giannina, downing visitor PAOK 1-0 through a Karim Ansarifard goal, while PAS – that has a game in hand – lost 2-1 at home to Asteras Tripolis.
AEK slipped to fifth after dropping two more points at home. On Saturday it led Atromitos 2-0, goals coming from Petros Mantalos and Patito Rodriguez, but Atromitos managed to draw 2-2 in the end thanks to former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Anthony Le Tallec, and Javier Umbides.
In other weekend games it was Levadiakos 1 Xanthi 1, Kerkyra 2 Veria 0 and Panetolikos 2 Larissa 1.