Panathinaikos beats PAOK 3-1 in Greek Cup final

April 26, 2014
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Riot policemen clash with fans prior to the cup final between Athens's Panathinaikos and Thessalonikis's PAOK at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece Saturday, April 26 2014. More than 300 buses carrying PAOK supporters from the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki were stopped by police at a toll station 34 kilometers (21 miles) north of the capital Athens. The supporters were searched and allowed to proceed, 20 buses at a time, to the Athens Olympic Stadium, where the Greek Cup final between soccer clubs PAOK and Panathinaikos is taking place. Police, fearing clashes between rival fans, has been directing supporters to different gates of the stadium several hours before the game's start at 8 p.m. local(AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Marcus Berg scored a hat trick to lead Panathinaikos to a 4-1 triumph over PAOK in the Greek Cup final on Saturday.

The Swedish forward scored in the 15th, 50th and 88th minutes and Nikos Karelis added a goal in the 54th for Panathinaikos. Zvonimir Vukic scored PAOK's consolation goal in the 70th with a penalty kick.

It was the 18th Cup title, and the first since 2010, for Panathinaikos.

At least 34 people were arrested before the game for possession of fireworks, wooden and metal poles, and drugs. Most were arrested around the Athens Olympic Stadium.

Fear of violence prompted the police to take extraordinary security precautions. About 4,000 police patrolled the streets of Athens, and fans were forbidden to congregate in large areas of the Greek capital.