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Olympiakos thrashes AEK to win 38th championship

Olympiakos secured its 38th championship on March 20, thrashing AEK 6-0 at home to maintain an unassailable 10-point lead at the top of the Super League.

Two goals from former AEK striker Raffik Djebbour rubbed salt into the wounds of the visitors, who suffered their equal heaviest ever defeat to Olympiakos just four days after qualifying for the Greek Cup final.

But Sunday was all about the Reds who won their 13th league title in the last 15 years to underline their dominance of Greek soccer.

Djebbour, who had his contract at AEK terminated in January only to controversially join Olympiakos a few days later, set the Reds on their way after just two minutes with a header from a corner.

Swedish defender Olof Mellberg made it 2-0 just five minutes later from another set piece.

Just 20 minutes into the game, Olympiakos had wrapped up the game and yet another title as David Fuster raced into the box and reached the ball ahead of Sebastian Saja in the AEK goal. The Spaniard watched as the ball rolled slowly over the line.

The Reds eased up for the rest of the first half but scored a fourth 16 minutes into the second period when Djebbour eluded Costas Manolas and curled an exquisite shot into the top corner.

With the capacity crowd celebrating wildly, Olympiakos?s top scorer Kevin Mirallas got in on the act. The Belgian produced a fine solo move and even better finish to make it 5-0 after 68 minutes.

The rout was completed three minutes later when Jose Holebas scored his first goal for Olympiakos since joining the club in the summer.

The emphatic scoreline was a huge blow to AEK, whose fans will not take kindly to this kind of humiliation, but the Yellows have the Greek Cup final against Atromitos to look forward to.

For Olympiakos, the thrashing of its crosstown rival was confirmation of its utter dominance of the domestic game over the last two decades.

After their win, the Reds have 67 points from 27 games, 10 points more than Panathinaikos in second place. AEK, in third, has 43 points.

Panathinaikos beat Kerkyra 2-1 with the league?s top scorer, Djibril Cisse scoring his 50th goal with Panathinaikos in two seasons.

Olympiakos Volou is level on points with PAOK in fourth after winning 1-0 at Kavala, while PAOK ended 2-2 at Atromitos.

Eighth-placed Iraklis equalized Panionios?s goal in the very last minute (1-1).

Panserraikos was mathematically relegated after going down 3-1 at Aris, while Larissa, who drew 3-3 at home with Ergotelis, and Asteras Tripolis, who lost 1-0 at Xanthi could follow.