Olympiakos wins its sixth con­sec­u­tive cup in wa­ter polo

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Olympiakos wonits 10th Greek cup in men’s wa­ter polo in the last 11 years and its 14th over­all af­ter beat­ing Pan­io­n­ios in the fi­nal on Ka­lym­nos on Satur­day.

The Reds were dom­i­nant through­out and won 10-8 to seal their do­mes­tic su­pe­ri­or­ity. They were even lead­ing by four goals (8-4 and 10-6) be­fore re­lax­ing in the end to win the club’s sixth con­sec­u­tive cup. Pan­io­n­ios, which gave up its lead af­ter be­ing ahead 2-1, had com­plaints about the ref­er­ees’ de­ci­sions, but were in fact out­classed by Olympiakos. “They did not need the ref­er­ees’ as­sis­tance,” said Pan­io­n­ios’s Costas Kokki­nakis.

This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son that Pan­io­n­ios have ended up as the los­ing cup fi­nal­ists. It had An­dreas Mi­ralis as the fi­nal’s top scorer with three goals, but this will be small con­so­la­tion for the Nea Smyrni team.

Olympiakos’s Ta­sos Schizas stated that “we, the play­ers, have done our duty, now it is up to the board to do theirs,” re­fer­ring to the club’s fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

In the semi­fi­nals on Fri­day, Olympiakos beat Panathi­naikos 10-3 and Pan­io­n­ios elim­i­nated Chios, beat­ing it 10-6.

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