Olympiakos bask in glory of 'epic display'

ATHENS Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:25pm IST

Olympiakos' players celebrate their victory over Manchester United after their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Olympiakos' players celebrate their victory over Manchester United after their Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Karaiskaki stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, February 25, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - The Greek media lavished praise on Olympiakos Piraeus on Wednesday after the Athens side made history with a first-ever victory over Manchester United in the Champions League as David Moyes's troubled first season in charge continues to unravel.

United's dwindling hopes of winning silverware this season are dangling by a thread after they produced a turgid display against the Greek champions, who eased to a 2-0 victory in their last-16 first leg encounter on Tuesday.

For Olympiakos, unbeaten in the domestic league and full of confidence under the guidance of Spanish coach Miguel, the victory was celebrated as a history-making breakthrough against the Premier League giants after four previous failures.

"United who? Legends of Europe, Olympiakos!" declared popular tabloid SportDay in its headline, adding: "The real Red Devils made United look like also-rans with an epic display."

Alejandro Dominguez opened the scoring with a clever first-half flick and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell added a sublime second half goal to leave United facing a huge task to overturn the deficit in the return match at Old Trafford on March 19.

"Legends of Dreams," said another prominent sports daily Goal News, adding: "Olympiakos leave the whole of Europe speechless with the greatest win of their history."

One of the standout performers on the night was Campbell, who is likely to feature for Costa Rica against Group D rivals England at the World Cup in Brazil in June.

The 21-year-old picked up the ball well outside the penalty area, before jinking past holding midfielder Michael Carrick and sending a curling left-foot shot around defender Rio Ferdinand and into the bottom corner of the net.

"I dedicated the goal to my father, who was in the crowd. When I scored, I ran towards where he was sitting and shouted out that I loved him... it was a special moment," he told reporters.

"We got exactly what we deserved out of the game and we can look forward to the return leg. It will be vital for us to get a goal over there. If we manage to score then the tie will be over."

(Editing by John O'Brien)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

CRICKET

Reuters Showcase

Super Cup

Super Cup

Atletico's Mandzukic strikes early to clinch Super Cup.  Full Article 

Bayern Win

Bayern Win

Robben, Mueller score as Bayern start with win.  Full Article 

Formula One

Formula One

Hamilton gives Rosberg the Spa treatment.  Full Article 

'Lion King' Returns

'Lion King' Returns

South Korea set for return of 'Lion King' - report.  Full Article 

Golf Update

Golf Update

Scott grabs share of lead, McIlroy recovers nicely  Full Article 

Record Breaker

Record Breaker

Briton Peaty breaks 50 metres breaststroke world record.  Full Article 

Motor Racing

Motor Racing

Rossi feels closer than ever to racing in F1.  Full Article 

In Defence

In Defence

I'm not racist or sexist, says apologetic Mackay.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage