Olympiakos beats AEK 2-0 in Greek league


ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Two early goals were all Olympiakos needed to beat third-place AEK Athens 2-0 on Friday and take the provisional lead in the Greek league.

Olof Mellberg opened the scoring in the fifth minute and Kevin Mirallas scored his 13th goal of the season in the 24th.

The win left Olympiakos a point ahead of fierce rival Panathinaikos, which hosts Xanthi on Sunday. AEK is 11 points behind.

Olympiakos dominated the game from start to finish and nearly scored in the third minute when Mirallas crossed from the left but Yiannis Maniatis, unmarked near the penalty spot, miskicked the ball. Seconds later, Mirallas again charged down the left flank and shot just wide.

A minute after that, Mellberg rose above AEK's defense and headed Ariel Ibagaza's corner into the net.

In the 13th, a quick exchange of passes between Djebbour and Mirallas led to the latter firing a shot that hit the right post.

AEK did not have a shot at goal until the 21st, when Fabian Vargas failed to beat goalkeeper Balasz Megyeri.

Three minutes later, on an Olympiakos counterattack, Mirallas received the ball in midfield and passed to Djebbour, who raced down the left flank and crossed for Mirallas to slot into the net.

Olympiakos shifted down a gear in the second half but was still the most attacking side. The only time the team threatened was in the 62nd when AEK defender Yannis Kondoes turned an innocuous cross into a near own goal, which goalkeeper Yannis Arabatzis prevented by tipping the ball over the crossbar.

AEK's only good scoring chance came when Megyeri punched away Leonardo's free kick in the 70th minute.