- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Midfielder Ronald Vargas set up a goal in each half for AEK Athens to beat Olympiakos 2-1 and win the Greek Cup on Tuesday, ending a tournament marred by violence and administrative disputes.

The final was played without fans at Athens’ Olympic Stadium, and followed repeated match date delays.

AEK kept the Greek league champion in check, and Vargas picked out Pantalos Mantalos for a header in the 39th minute. Six minutes into the second half, he led a counterattack that saw Rafik Djebour fire past goalkeeper Roberto.

Alejandro Dominguez got one back with a shot from distance in the 85th.

Cup games were canceled by the government in March following fan violence at a semifinal. It later reversed the decision, under the threat of an international ban from FIFA.

Although fans were forced to stay away, the win came as a huge relief for supporters who remained loyal to the Athens club after it collapsed financially three years ago and clawed its way back from the amateur leagues.

“We are extremely happy tonight,” Vargas said. “We had a goal: Win the league or win the cup. We’ve won the cup and it feels great. … It doesn’t matter if you help the team by scoring or by helping teammates score. Everyone is overjoyed.”


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