Soccer-Olympiakos begin title defence with victory (Reuters)

ATHENS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus made a winning start to their title defence on Monday with a 1-0 away win at promoted AEL Kalloni. Spanish coach Michel’s revamped team, who won their 40th domestic league title last season, began the match with seven new players in the starting XI including Argentina forward Javer Saviola, signed from Malaga last month. However, it was one of last season’s regulars, Greece midfielder Giannis Maniatis, who proved the difference by scoring the only goal of the game when he side-footed home after a corner in the 61st minute. …

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