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Panathinaikos Wins Greek Cup

May 8, 2004

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Panathinaikos Athens scored two second-half goals and beat rival Olympiakos Piraeus 3-1 on Saturday in the Greek Cup final.

Striker Michalis Constantinou scored twice in the second half as the Athens club won the Cup title for the first time since 1996 and for the 16th time in the 62-year history of the competition.

Fireworks lit up the sky as captain Angelos Basinas lifted the cup in front of 3,500 jubilant Panathinaikos supporters.

Saturday’s final was played at the stadium of first division Panionios Athens after concern for possible fan violence left the game without a willing host.

The encounter was originally scheduled for a newly-built stadium in the western Greece city of Patras but police objected for security reasons.

Rival supporters were kept far apart inside Panionios’ 13,000-seat stadium with only 7,000 tickets split between the two clubs.

Security measures included 2,500 police officers in and around the stadium.

Fears of violence resulted in both Greek President Constantine Stephanopoulos and sports undersecretary Yiorgos Orfanos turning down traditional invitations to attend the match.

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