Five-star Olympiacos Claim 44th League Title
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 29
|Olympiacos||5 - 0||PAS Giannina|
da Costa 24'
de La Bella 29', 71'
Dominguez (p) 81'
Olympiacos clinched their seventh consecutive league title and 44th in total after recording a comfortable 5-0 home win over struggling PAS Giannina in their penultimate match of the SuperLeague season.
Goals from Marko Marin, Manuel Da Costa, two from Alberto de la Bella and a Alejandro Dominguez late penalty saw Olympiacos romp home easily against a depleted PAS Giannina team lacking six first team regulars with the likes of Pedro Conde, Jairo, and Noe Acosta amongst those missing due to either suspension or injury.
The three-point haul means the Piraeus club now have an unassailable six-point lead with just one match to go.
Despite a late season dip in form which saw PAOK and Panionios threaten to catch Olympiacos, the Piraeus giants still managed to hold on after having built up a significant lead thanks to their imperious form during the first two-thirds of what has been an intriguing campaign.
The home side went into the game at the Georgios Karaiskakis needing just a single point to wrap up another title, but in the end an eight-minute goal blitz in the first half broke the back of the match and settled any nerves, with the strikes from Marin (21), Da Costa (24) and De la Bella (29) coming during a period of total dominance fro mthe hosts.
De la Bella (71) and Domingeuz (82) from the penalty spot put the icing on the cake with two further goals much to the delight of the jubilant home fans who know they have another end-of-season ‘fiesta’ title celebration party to look forward to.
The title win is Lemonis’ fifth in his third spell at the helm after the 57-year-old former Reds’ player was brought in on a short-term contract until the end of the season following the sacking of Portuguese Paulo Bento.
There could yet be a late twist in the tale of the title race, however, as Olympiakos face a disciplinary hearing next Tuesday which could see them face a six-point deduction following unsavory incidents at the end of their recent Greek Cup semi-final first leg derby loss against AEK Athens.
The Red and Whites have been accused of several security breaches and offensive and violent behavior towards match officials.