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GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 3
|Olympiacos||6 - 1||Veria|
|Ideye 29', 61', 89'
That was Olympiacos...The Greek Champions began their title defense with a 6-1 victory at home to Veria. Ideye scored a hat trick with Elyounoussi, Seba, and Milivojevic adding goals for the hosts. Kapetanos scored the consolation goal for Veria.
The game got off to a slow start and picked up in the 25th minute when Ideye’s tap-in (from Marin’s pass) opened the score for the hosts. Two minutes later, Marin was once again the provider with his cross finding Seba, whose header was well-placed by Lopez. Elyounoussi came close to a goal with his header finding the post before scoring Olympiacos’ third goal of the night with a left-footed effort in the 41st minute.
Olympiacos did not let up in the second half as Milivojevic’s fast-paced strike from just inside the box beat Lopez (49th minute) and 12 minutes later, Ideye scored his second with another goal from close-range. Veria found a consolation goal with Kapetanos in the 74th minute to make the score 5-1. Before the 90th minute mark, Ideye capped off a great night for Olympiacos when Figueiras’ cross was met by the Nigerian forward giving him a hat-trick.
After great showings by Olympiacos' contenders for the title (Panathinaikos, AEK, and PAOK), the Erythrolefki made their statement after many doubted the Piraeus side due to their rocky start to the season (in Europe). Olympiacos will travel to Switzerland to play Young Boys midweek in the Europa League before playing away to Iraklis for Matchday 4. Veria will have another tough matchup at home to AEK next weekend.