Olympiakos beats Xanthi 3-0, keeps slim lead in Greek league

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Karim Ansarifard scored a goal in each half as defending champion Olympiakos easily beat visiting Xanthi 3-0 Sunday in the Greek league.

Ansarifard opened the scoring in the 26th with a penalty and added a header in the 57th off Diogo Figueiras' cross, before Costas Fortounis added a third in the 69th.

Xanthi played with 10 men for the last half-hour when Jorge Casado was shown his second yellow card in five minutes.

Olympiakos is a point ahead of PAOK - also a 3-0 winner over Apollon on Sunday - and three points ahead of AEK, which stumbled to a scoreless draw at Larissa on Saturday.

Also, Lamia beat Asteras 1-0 and Panionios drew 1-1 at Panetolikos.

Giannena vs. Atromitos ended 2-2, with three of the goals coming in the final three minutes.

Updated January 21, 2018

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