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Joel Campbell inspires Olympiacos to derby win

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The previous week has been a tough one for Greek champions Olympiacos.

They had to face both FC Panathinaikos and FC PAOK Thessaloniki for the Greek Superleague, and in between these two matches they had to face SL Benfica in the second qualifying place deciding match for UEFA Champions League.

After winning the first two matches against Panathinaikos and Benfica, Olympiacos had to face PAOK in a title-deciding match. This match turned to be a show for Olympiacos and especially the young Joel Campbell.

The on-loan Arsenal winger, who is on a season-long loan to the Greek side, was magnificent.

He kept his personal opponent, the Brazilian Lino, extremely busy and at the same time he posed as a constant threat to PAOK’s defence.

Overall he had two assists and one goal. In a match that Olympiacos dominated completely, Campbell served the first two goals to his team-mates. The first goal with a long ball to Kostas Mitroglou and the second one after avoiding two of PAOK’s defenders and passing to Javier Saviola.

The third goal was scored by the Spaniard attacking midfielder David Fuster. Campbell scored the fourth goal of his team with a nice a personal effort.

This goal was a perfect finishing after a great performance for Olympiacos as a whole and for Campbell individually. PAOK did mange to react at any point of the match giving Olympiacos the chance for an emphatic win while sending an even more emphatic message to all of their opponents - that when they need to win a match they can win it no matter who or what stands in their way.

With this result Olympiacos gained a six-point margin from the second-placed PAOK and essentially secured the Greek Superleague’s title for one more season.

Now they can focus on their European fixtures.


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