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Olympiakos clinches 42nd Greek league title 3 rounds early as pursuer Panathinaikos slips

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ATHENS, Greece — Olympiakos clinched its 42nd Greek league title — and 17th in the last 19 seasons — with three rounds to spare Sunday.

PHOTO: Olympiakos' Alejandro Dominguez from Argentina, center, advances in front of  Levadiakos' Zito from Ivory Coast, during their Greek Super League soccer match in Piraeus, near Athens, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
Olympiakos' Alejandro Dominguez from Argentina, center, advances in front of Levadiakos' Zito from Ivory Coast, during their Greek Super League soccer match in Piraeus, near Athens, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Olympiakos had secured the title even before beating Levadiakos 4-0, when Panathinaikos lost 2-1 at Panthrakikos earlier. Had Panathinaikos won, the defending champion would have needed at least a draw to clinch the title.

Panathinaikos even slipped to third behind PAOK, which beat host Kerkyra 1-0 Saturday. PAOK is 13 points behind Olympiakos and one ahead of Panathinaikos.

In a festive atmosphere in Piraeus' Karaiskakis Stadium, Levadiakos had the better start, but lost goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis in the 25th minute to a red card for a handball outside his area. Alejandro Dominguez scored twice, in the 44th and 60th minutes while Jorge Benitez and Costas Fortounis added a goal apiece.

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