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Olympiakos regains nine-point league lead

Greek soccer league leader Olympiakos Piraeus rebounded from its defeat the previous weekend in Xanthi by Skoda with a 3-0 win over middle-of-the-table Atromitos at home last night, restoring its lead to nine points over AEK and Panathinaikos with five rounds of games left to play. Cypriot international striker Michalis Constantinou opened the scoring after 18 minutes with a right-foot shot from 12 meters. Erol Bulut made it two with a header in the 71st minute before Predrag Djordjevic added the third from the spot in the 76th. Olympiakos fielded a weakened side, which was missing Rivaldo, Giorgos Anatolakis, Haruna Babangida, Dani Garcia and Gabriel Schurrer, but had no problems against the team from Peristeri which only threatened in counterattacks. Atromitos did have a goal wrongly disallowed as offside in the 30th minute, though. The Piraeus club needs another six points out of a possible 15 to clinch the league mathematically. Atromitos remained in eighth position, still in contention for a UEFA cup spot next year.