Olympiacos put on a show for the new boss
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 16
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Olympiacos ended an eventful week on a high note on Sunday by easily defeating Larissa 3-0 to return to the top of the table under the watchful eye of new coach Oscar Garcia, who was in the stands at the AEL FC Arena.
After a goalless first half during which the home side resisted an attacking onslaught from the Red and Whites with some impressive defending, second-half strikes from Marko Marin, Karim, Ansarifard and Uroš Đurđević saw the visitors home comfortably.
Christos Kontis was the interim coach in charge for this one match, replacing Takis Lemonis who was shown the door from the head coach’s role on Thursday in view of the deal to bring the 44-year-old Spaniard Garcia to Piraeus.
Garcia, whose appointment was announced on Friday, will assume his duties in Athens from Monday, and he would have been pleased with what he saw in Larissa, especially from the likes of Greece midfielder Kostas Fortounis, who laid on two assists for Ansarifard (68) and Đurđević (89).
Those two goals came after Olympiacos finally took the lead thanks to a bit of clever play from another of the club’s Greece international midfielder’s Panagiotis Tachtsidis, who took a quick free-kick to release Marin to score.
The win restored Olympiacos one-point advantage of AEK and PAOK at the top of the table, while fourth-placed Atromitos are in action on Monday at Apollon Smyrni.