Weak Olympiakos bid Champions League Adieu After Lisbon Defeat

Whatever slim chances Olympiakos Piraeus had at staying on in UEFA competitions this season were eliminated after an uncontested 3-1 defeat in Lisbon against Sporting.

The Greek champions needed an away win to keep up their hopes of carrying on in Europa League as third in Champions League Group D, but their performance didn’t hint at that.

Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon were nervous at the start of the game, despite a great chance on the third minute, but it wasn’t long before they were dominating the pitch. Still, they didn’t score before the end of the first half.

Dost opened the scoring after 40 minutes of the game in which Sporting allowed Olympiacos very few attacking opportunities and ultimately ended the visitor’s hopes of staying in European competition this season beyond its final Group D game against Juventus.

Bruno Cesar struck three minutes after Dost to put Sporting in complete control at half-time and Jorge Jesus’ side produced a professional second-half performance, with Dost heading in his second of the game and the campaign after 66 minutes before Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe scored a late consolation for Olympiakos.