Panathinaikos wins Greek cup, but final is overshadowed by heavy riots | Foreign football

The Greek cup final in the capital Athens has been marred by misconduct by hooligans before and during the match. Both Panathinaikos and PAOK “fans” misbehaved. In the end, Panathinaikos won the final after a penalty goal.

Before kick-off, hooligans from both teams set off massive fireworks, there was fighting in the stands and both fan clans pelted each other.

Police intervened and used tear gas to disperse the fans. As a result, the match started with a 40-minute delay. Many spectators and players had breathing difficulties because of the smoke.

On the field, Aitor Cantalapiedra gave Panathinaikos a 1-0 lead. During the celebration it went wrong again. He was hit by an object from a PAOK section.

The party was again suspended for a while. In the remainder of the game, neither team was able to score.

For Panathinaikos it is the 19th cup in club history and the first prize since the 2013-2014 season, when it also won the Greek Cup. The last national title dates back to 2010.

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