Olympiakos beats Panathinaikos 3-0 to take 7-point lead
First-half goals from Alberto Botia, Tarik Elyounoussi and Brown Ideye secured defending champion Olympiakos an easier-than-expected 3-0 win over rival Panathinaikos in the Greek league on Sunday. After eight matches, Olympiakos extended its lead over Panathinaikos to seven points and already looks the clear favorite for a 19th league title in 21 seasons. Botia opened the scoring with a header off Costas Fortounis’ corner in the 21st, five minutes before Elyounoussi made it 2-0 with a close strike. Fortounis’ free kick fed Ideye for a header to complete victory in the 44th. In the 60th, Panathinaikos wasted a chance when Cristian Ledesma sent a penalty kick wide. Also Sunday, Panionios beat PAOK 1-0, Panetolikos defeated Larissa 2-1 and Kerkyra prevailed 2-1 over Veria.