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Olympiakos back on top at halfway stage of Greek season

Greece Soccer Europa League

Olympiakos’ Esteban Cambiasso, third left, and teammate Giorgos Manthatis celebrate a goal against Besiktas during a Europa League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)


ATHENS, Greece (AP) Marko Marin’s 63rd-minute goal gave defending champion Olympiakos a 1-0 win Sunday over Giannena as it returned to the top of the Greek league.

Marin scored with a powerful drive from just outside the area into the left corner.

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Almost 10 minutes later, Karim Ansarifard’s equally strong drive hit the crossbar. Replays showed the ball clearly crossing the goal-line before bouncing back out, but the referee waved play on.

At the season’s halfway point, Olympiakos is a point ahead of AEK and PAOK. Atromitos is a further point behind.

AEK was held to a 0-0 home draw by 14th-place Apollon, and PAOK won 1-0 at Platanias. Both games were played on Saturday.

Also Sunday, Panathinaikos drew 1-1 at Xanthi, Larissa beat host Lamia 2-0 and Asteras vs. Panetolikos ended 0-0.