Olympiacos continued dominating in Greece.
The “red-whites” have won their 10th consecutive title in the national championships and finished the season with a “double crown”. Earlier this season, Olympiacos won the Greek Cup.
Olympiacos was better than Vouliagmeni in the final (best of five). The reigning champion didn’t suffer a loss in the final, it won the first three games, but none of the three encounters was an easy win. In the first match, Olympiacos celebrated an 8:6 win. Then, it beat Vouliagmeni by three goals (8:5).
The third game, played today, was a culmination of an exciting final. Olympiacos celebrated after a penalty shootout – 14:12 (10:10 in regular time) and won its 36th Greek title in history.
Interestingly, the series of matches between Olympiacos and Vouliagmeni has been the third playoff final in the major European leagues that ended in a penalty shootout in the last few days. To remind, Novi Beograd won the Serbian Championships after penalties. Yesterday, a penalty drama decided a winner in the Croatian League, where Jug claimed the title.
Olympiacos – Vouliagmeni 14:12 (2:3, 2:2, 4:3, 2:2, PSO 4:2) – score in the series 3:0
Olympiacos: Filipovic 4, Gkillas 2, Fountoulis 2, Kolomvos 2, Mourikis 1, Chrysospathis 1.
VouliagmeniL Kalogeropoulos 4, Halyvopoulos 2, Skoumpakis 2, Kourovanis 1, Gkiouvetsis 1, Troulos 1.
Shootout: Filipovic 1:0, Kapotsis missed; Chrysospathis 2:0, Mylonakis hit the post; Fountoulis 3:0, Kalogeropoulos 3:1; Gkillas missed, Gkiouvetsis 3:2, Genidounias 4:2.
Vouliagmeni led for most of the third game. In the first three periods, Olympiacos went in front just once (2:1 in the sixth minute). In the second period, Vouliagmeni took control and managed to build a 2-goal lead twice (5:3 and 7:5). Still, the sides were tied before the final quarter. A minute before the last break, Filip Filipovic scored his fourth goal for 8:8.
Olympiacos dictated the pace in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The hosts led 9:8 and 10:9, but Vouliagmeni leveled the score on both occasions. Halyvopoulos made it 10:10 in the 27th minute. In the last five minutes, neither of the sides found the net and the match entered a penalty shootout.
After three rounds of shots, Olympiacos led 3:1. Vouliagmeni managed to cut the deficit (2:3). But, everything was over in the 5th round when Konstantinos Genidounias sent the ball into the net for 14:12.
As already mentioned, this is Olympiacos’ 10th consecutive title. All ten trophies the Piraeus-based side won under the guidance of head coach Theodoros Vlachos. Today’s thriller was Vlachos’ last match on Olympiacos’ bench. In the following period, he will focus on his work as the national team’s head coach.
“I enjoyed every moment at Olympiacos this year, and I want to dedicate this trophy to Theodoros Vlachos because he is Olympiacos’ legend and has dedicated his heart to this team. I know how these games were difficult for him since he knew that this would be his last year here. I want to thank him for the experience and knowledge he shared with me, Filip Fillipovic said for Olympiacos’ website
Filipovic will stay at the club for the next season, but Olympiacos is looking for a new coach…
All champions – 38 titles: Ethnikos, 36: Olympiacos, 8: Patras, 4: Aris, 4: Glyfada, 4:Vouliagmeni, 1: Peiraikos 1.
Apollon Smyrnis – Panionios 16:15 (4:1, 6:3, 3:7, 3:4) – score in the series 1:1
Apollon: Gounas 6, Solanakis 3, Gusarov 2, Viskovic 2, Tsolakoudis 2, Gardikas 1.
Panionios: Takis 5, Spooner 3, Braimis 2, Moskov 2,Kalaitzis 1, Papakos 1, Kapetanikis 1