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ATHENS — Marcus Berg scored a hat trick and had assist to help Panathinaikos beat PAOK 4-3 in the Greek league on March 8.

The highly entertaining game took place in front of empty stands following violent incidents’ two weeks ago in Panathinaikos’ home game against archrival Olympiakos, which led to league games being suspended last weekend.

About 1,000 Panathinaikos gathered outside the stadium before the game to protest the league docking Panathinaikos the three points from the 2-1 victory over Olympiakos and fining the team. The gathering took place without incident.

The win over PAOK allowed Panathinaikos to move within three points of Olympiakos, as the latter’s March 7 game at Panthrakikos was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Berg opened the scoring in the 27th with a header from Zeca’s cross and Klaus Athanassiadis equalized for PAOK in the 42nd with a shot inside the area from Yiannis Skondras’ cross.

Skondras gave the visitors the lead in the 60th with a blistering shot from a tight angle outside the area, but Nikos Karelis equalized three minutes later from a pass by Berg that split two defenders. In the 70th,

Gordon Schildenfeld stole a back pass from a PAOK midfielder and crossed to Karelis, who returned the favor to Berg who scored from point-blank range.

The Swedish forward completed his hat trick in the 87th with a close-range shot. In the third minute of injury time, Christian Noboa made it 4-3 with a diving header.

Also, Kalloni beat Panionios 1-0, Xanthi won 1-0 at OFI and Kerkyra beat host Panetolikos by the same score.

Source: The National Herald
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