Olympiacos march to record win

Published: Sunday 12 March 2006, 20.22CET
European round-up: Olympiacos CFP managed a record 16th successive league win in Greece while PSV Eindhoven's winning run was ended by AFC Ajax.
 
Published: Sunday 12 March 2006, 20.22CET

Olympiacos march to record win

European round-up: Olympiacos CFP managed a record 16th successive league win in Greece while PSV Eindhoven's winning run was ended by AFC Ajax.

Record-breaking Olympiacos
Olympiacos CFP achieved a record 16th consecutive league victory, defeating Apollon Kalamarias FC 2-1 with goals from Dani García and a Predrag Djordjević penalty. The leaders remain 12 points clear at the top of the table, ahead of Panathinaikos FC and AEK Athens FC. Panathinaikos defeated PAOK FC 1-0 behind closed doors in Thessaloniki with a goal from Dimitrios Papadopoulos, while AEK won 2-0 against struggling Panionios NFC. Atromitos FC won 1-0 at Egaleo FC, while bottom club Akratitos FC defeated fellow relegation battlers Kallithea FC 1-0. Ikraklis FC claimed their first away victory since September 2005, 1-0 against Levadiakos FC.

Fenerbahçe reach summit
Fenerbahçe SK have gone top of the Turkish Superleague with a 5-0 win at home against Konyaspor. They replace Galatasaray SK, who dropped two points in their 1-1 draw with Trabzonspor. Brazilian Márcio Nobre scored twice for Fenerbahçe, while Nicolas Anelka, Stephen Appiah and Önder Turacı also got on the score sheet. Galatasaray went behind to a Gökdeniz Karadeniz strike after 64 minutes, but nine minutes later Turkish international Necati Ateş scored the equaliser. It was Gökdeniz's first game back after a six-month suspension. Elsewhere, Kayserispor, Gençlerbirliği and Beşiktaş JK all picked up maximum points to stay in the hunt for UEFA Cup qualification.

Ajax halt PSV
AFC Ajax ended PSV Eindhoven's run of nine consecutive Eredivisie victories with a 0-0 draw at the Amsterdam ArenA on Saturday. Timmy Simons hit the post for league leaders PSV in the first half, but Ajax seized control of the game, with Steven Pienaar, Markus Rosenberg and Juanfran all squandering good chances. PSV remain seven points clear after Feyenoord's 1-1 draw with RKC Waalwijk. The Rotterdam club took the lead on 33 minutes through a Patrick van Diemen own goal, but Ruud Berger equalised three minutes from time. Third-placed AZ Alkmaar closed to within two points of Feyenoord with a 3-1 win against Willem II, while Ajax lie fourth. FC Utrecht moved fifth after beating SC Heerenveen 2-0.

Benfica frustrated
SL Benfica followed their UEFA Champions League win at Liverpool FC with a frustrating 0-0 draw at home against Naval 1º Maio in the 26th round of the Portuguese Liga. Ronald Koeman’s men had several opportunities to score, including two shots from Simão Sabrosa that hit the post. Naval defender Franco was sent off after 56 minutes for handball, but Benfica failed to take advantage. The reigning Portuguese champions, who were without injured duo Petit and Fabrizio Miccoli, now trail leaders FC Porto by seven points. Elsewhere, CF Estrela da Amadora secured a 2-1 away win at CD Nacional, while struggling FC Paços de Ferreira and Vitória SC drew 1-1.

Brugge bounce back
Club Brugge KV are right back in the Belgian title race after they won, while R. Standard de Liège and RSC Anderlecht both dropped points. On Friday, leaders Anderlecht were defeated 3-0 by relegation battlers K. Sint Truidense VV, for whom Desire Mbonabucya scored twice. Second-placed R. Standard de Liège failed to take full advantage, playing out a scoreless draw away against KSC Lokeren OV to stay a point behind. Club Brugge moved to within two points of the summit with a 2-1 win against R. Charleroi SC, with goals from Gert Verheyen and Javier Portillo. R. Excelsior Mouscron recorded the biggest win of the weekend, 6-0 against KSV Cercle Brugge, with a hat-trick from Marcin Żewłakow.

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