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Defending champion Olympiakos beats newcomer Niki Volos 3-1 in season opener

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ATHENS, Greece — Defending champion Olympiakos scored three times in the opening 32 minutes to open its Greek league sseason with a 3-1 victory against newcomer Niki Volos.

Pajtim Kasami opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a 30-meter drive, Dimitris Diamantakos made it 2-0 in the 28th with a point-blank shot and Ibrahim Afellay added a third in the 32nd after avoiding two defenders in the area.

Niki was lucky to be only three goals behind at halftime but had the better chances in the second half. Vasil Shkurti scored on the break with a low drive in the 56th, dribbling past Eric Abidal on the way.

Also, OFI beat Panetolikos 1-0 and Kerkyra scored twice early before holding on for a 2-1 win over Panthrakikos.

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