Olympiacos thump woeful Xanthi in Karaiskaki season finale
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 28
|Olympiacos||4 - 0||Xanthi|
|Guilherme 10, 16'
Olympiacos continued their strong finish to the SuperLeague season with a 4-0 hammering of Xanthi at the Georgios Karaiskakis on Sunday - a result which kept PAOK’s title party on hold for another week.
A first-half double from Guilherme and further strikes from Omar and Kostas Fortounis saw Pedro Martins’ team cruise to another goal-laden victory following up last weekend’s 5-0 win over Panetolikos.
While the result was another impressive three-point haul for the Piraeus club, it also meant that PAOK’s march to the title was delayed for another round of fixtures since the Thessaloniki club were held to a 1-1 draw at Larissa.
Having managed a goal blitz in the match against Panetolikos last time out, Martins’ had asked his players for more of the same. And they responded in kind with a powerful first-half display against the “Akrites”.
It took just 16 minutes for Guilherme to get on the scoresheet twice, the first coming in the 10th minute as the Brazilian headed in a Fortounis corner, and the second six minutes later as he side-footed home from Omar’s cross with a shell-shocked Xanthi struggling to contain the in-form home side.
Omar made it 3-0 just a minute before half-time, nodding home the rebound into an open goal after Mady Camara’s piledriver came back to him off Zivko Zivkovic’s post.
Guilherme, who had been relatively quiet since his early two-goal salvo, then turned provider after 57 minutes to set up Fortounis, who controlled well before scoring with a cool finish.
Omar could have made it 5-0 after 68 minutes but after he was picked out superbly by Gil Dias’ brilliant pass, Zivkovic came out on top in a one--on-one with the Norwegian defender.
OLY: 93 Jose Sa (GK), 21 Tsimikas, 66 Cisse, 20 Meriah, 14 Omar, 4 Camara, 12 Guilherme, 56 Daniel Podence, 7 Fortounis, 31 Gil Dias, 29 Soldano
Xanthi: 20 Zivkovic (GK), 91 William, 32 Casado, 8 Camara, 9 Kovacevic, 2 Dyrestam, 30 Meliopoulos, 77 Brito, 7 Sarpong, 5 Baxedanidis, 27 Sylla
HIGHLIGHTS: OLYMPIACOS - XANTHI