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No stopping Olympiakos that thrashed AEK 4-0

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There appears to be no stopping Olympiakos from strolling to yet another Super League title, as it thrashed AEK Athens 4-0 on Saturday, just three days before its crucial Champions League game in Zagreb against local Dinamo.

Olympiakos extended its perfect record in the league to seven wins in as many games thanks to two goals by substitute Costas Fortounis and one each by Alberto Botia and Brown Ideye.

The return of AEK to the top flight after two seasons of absence seemed to have found Olympiakos in the same shape it was three years ago when the two sides last met for the league in Piraeus and the Reds put six past the Athens team, that has now dropped to fourth at the table.

Olympiakos has moved six points clear of Panathinaikos, but the Greens have a game in hand which they will play on Monday at home against PAS Giannina.

PAOK dropped two points at crosstown rival Iraklis drawing 3-3 away in a gripping match at the Kaftanzoglio Stadium.

Iraklis led first through Giorgos Makris, Dimitris Pelkas equalized for PAOK, former Everton striker Apostolos Vellios gave Iraklis a 2-1 half-time lead before Dimitar Berbatov and Giorgos Tzavellas turned things around for PAOK. Berbatov had the chance to clinch the win but his penalty kick was saved by Iraklis goalkeeper Dusan Pernis and Sebastian Bartolini grabbed a point for Iraklis in injury time.

Panionios has surprisingly leapt above AEK into third through its 2-0 home win over Kalloni Lesvou.

In other games Platanias saw off Panthrakikos 4-0, Atromitos won 1-0 at Veria, Levadiakos came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home with Panetolikos, and Asteras Tripolis shared a 1-1 draw with Xanthi, for a total of 23 goals in seven games over the weekend, a very satisfactory tally indeed.