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Olympiakos closes in on title as AEK thrashes PAOK

Olympiakos moved to within one win of clinching the Super League title by beating Ergotelis on March 6, as Panathinaikos was beaten by Larissa and AEK thrashed PAOK.

The Reds got all their goals in the second half at the Karaiskaki Stadium. Francois Modesto gave them the lead just after the restart. Marko Pantelic added a second on 58 minutes and Kevin Mirallas made it 3-0 in the 66th minute.

The game was played behind closed doors as part of the punishment that the Piraeus club received for the pitch invasion that followed its derby win over Panathinaikos in February.

The win put Olympiakos on 64 points after 25 games. The Reds are now 13 points clear of rivals Panathinaikos, which went down 2-0 at relegation-threatened Larissa.

The Greens put in another lackluster display following their controversial loss to Olympiakos two weeks ago to give Larissa hope of surviving in the Super League.

Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate gave the home side the lead on 22 minutes. On-loan forward Joel Tshibamba made it 2-0 five minutes later.

The win for the Thessaly side means it is still second from bottom but on 23 points, just two behind Asteras Tripolis.

Atromitos is on 28 points after losing 2-1 at home to Panionios, which moved up to 29 point. Stelios Sfakianakis had given the home side the win in the 53rd minute but Panionios hit back through Fanouris Goundoulakis and Costas Mitroglou.

The performance of the day, however, came at the Olympic Stadium, where AEK thrashed PAOK 4-0.

Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop, who had hit the bar twice in the goalless cup game between the same two sides four days earlier, opened the scoring with 11th minute header from a free kick.

Nacho Scocco got the second on 35 minutes with a sweet first-time volley inside the area. The Argentinean made it 3-0 in the 56th minute and veteran defender Traianos Dellas rounded off the rout in the 80th minute.

The result means that AEK is two points clear of the challengers for third place with 40 points. PAOK is six points behind the Yellows but with a game in hand.

Kavala, however, is just two points behind AEK after beating Asteras Tripolis 1-0 thanks to a Algerian midfielder Djamel Aboun.

Kavala joins Olympiakos Volou on 38 points after its win.