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Saturday, May 22, 2004 

Panathinaikos end rivals' reign

Panathinaikos FC ended Olympiacos CFP's seven-year reign as Greek champions by completing a domestic double with a 1-0 victory that relegated Paniliakos FC.

Olisadebe winner
Having seen Olympiacos dominate since their last title victory in 1995/96, a spell which included several last-day deciders, Panathinakos finally took their championship tally to 19 as just as against FC PAOK and Proofeftiki FC, Emmanuel Olisadebe came on as substitute to score the winner.

Akratitos play-off
His 76th-minute solo effort relieved the tension ten minutes after Dimitrios Papadopoulos had headed on to the post. Panaliakos join Proodeftiki in relegation, allowing Akratitos FC to survive, despite a 3-1 defeat at Halkidona FC. However, Akratitos do now take on Ergotelis FC in a play-off.

Victory in vain
Olympiacos were determined to win lest Panathinaikos, two points ahead, slipped. They did beat UEFA Cup-bound Egaleo FC 3-1, Marcin Kuzba scoring twice in the second half after Giovanni's league leading 21st goal of the season was cancelled out by Anestis Agritis. But just as Panathinaikos beat Olympiacos in the Greek Cup final, so again the recent title-monopolisers missed out.

However Olympiacos will still be playing Champions League next season.

Source: Uefa.com


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