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Olympiakos clinches title while AEK wins Athens derby

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Olympiakos won its sixth consecutive league title on Sunday as its home win over Veria gave it an unassailable lead at a record early time, while AEK has beaten Panathinaikos in the Athens derby to consolidate its second place.

Never before had a team won the title mathematically from late February in a league with 16 clubs, and Olympiakos has an 18-point advantage over AEK with six games left to play, while enjoying a superior head-to-head record.

The Reds shook off the elimination from the Europa League to Anderlecht three days earlier, to beat Veria 3-0 courtesy of a brace by captain David Fuster and a goal by Alan Pulido.

After deciding the derbies against PAOK and Olympiakos, Venezuelan star Ronald Vargas scored the only goal in the match between AEK and Panathinaikos, as he curled a free-kick into the Greens’ goal 12 minutes from the end of a rather forgettable derby. AEK has now opened a seven-point gap over third-placed Panathinaikos.

PAOK, in fourth, scored a much-needed 2-0 win over visiting Asteras Tripolis, goals coming from Dimitris Pelkas and Robert Mak.

Panionios lost 2-0 at home to Levadiakos but remains three points above sixth Asteras, while Levadiakos rose to joint seventh.

In a weekend with 21 goals in seven games, the match between Panthrakikos and PAS Giannina stood out with its six goals as PAS sent its host to the bottom of the table with a 4-2 win.

Kalloni Lesvou came off the bottom with a 2-1 victory over visiting Platanias, and Panetolikos drew 0-0 with Xanthi having trailed 2-0.

On Monday Atromitos meets Iraklis.