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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Manchester United Hit a New Low with Olympiakos Loss

Manchester United’s season took a turn for the worse when they suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Olympiakos Piraeus in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last  16 tie.

David Moyes’ side must have left their playing boots in Manchester as they never got going against the Greek powerhouse. United failed to muster any shot on target until late on as they slumped to their first defeat against the runaway Super League leaders who scored a goal either side of half time to put themselves in the driving seat ahead of the second leg in three weeks time.

Argentine Alejandro Dominguez put Michel’s men ahead in the 38th minute by diverting Giannis Maniatis’ shot past David de Gea in United’s goal as they half ended 1-0 in favor of the Thrylos.

On-loan Arsenal forward Joel Campbell doubled the hosts’ lead 9 minutes after the breather, the Costa Rican curling in beautifully from outside the penalty area.

The Greeks saw off the rest of the match pretty comfortably in the process taking a clean 2-0 lead into the second leg clash. Their biggest job of the night though was ensuring Moyes’ side take no away goal to Old Trafford. With a defence looking as porous as it has been in the league, United will need to score at least 3 goals to guarantee them progress into the quarters. Any goal by Olympiakos will make their job even the more tougher.

In another clash on the night, Borussia Dortmund benefitted from Zenit Saint Petersburg’s lack of competitive football since December by thumping the Russians 4-2 in St. Petersburg. Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the floodgates for the Bundesliga side with a 3rd minute opener and Marco Reus made it 2-0 barely a minute later with a sweet volley. Oleg Shatov pulled one back for the Russian league leaders in the 57th minute but hopes of a comeback were extinguished by Robert Lewandowski just after the hour mark.

A controversial penalty decision from Scottish referee Willie Collum saw Hulk draw another one back for the hosts but Lewandowski had the last say in the game slotting in his second and BVB’s fourth in the 71st minute. The 4-2 away win left Jurgen Klopp’s men who lost in the final last season on the verge of qualifying for the quarters ahead of the replay in Dortmund in three weeks time.

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