UCL Rewind: Olympiakos add to Man Utd’s misery, Dortmund top Zenit

Joel Campbell Olympiakos (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Things just keep getting worse and worse for Manchester United.

Olympiakos left United in a hole after the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series, stunning the Red Devils, 2-0, at Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens, Greece on Tuesday.

The goals came courtesy of Alejandro Dominguez and Costa Rican international Joel Campbell, who scored on a splendid individual effort from distance in the second half.

The defeat leaves United manager David Moyes under more pressure and the club on the cusp of being eliminated from the knockout phase of the tournament in a season that has been more than forgettable for the Red Devils.

United will not have too much time to dwell on the defeat. They will play two league matches before hosting Olympiakos in the decisive leg at Old Trafford on March 19.

In the day’s earlier match, Borussia Dortmund used two early goals to pave the way for a 4-2 road victory over Zenit St Petersburg. Henrik Mkhitaryan opened the scoring in the fourth minute and Marco Reus added another goal seconds later, giving the German club a dream start.

Zenit St Petersburg refused to roll over and they pulled within one goal on two separate occasions thanks to strikes from Oleg Shatov and Brazilian striker Hulk.

Dortmund were too strong, however, and they used a Robert Lewandowski brace in the second half to take a two-goal lead into the second leg in Germany on March 19.

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What do you think of these results? Is this the straw that breaks the camel’s back at Manchester United? Impressed by Dortmund’s performance?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to UCL Rewind: Olympiakos add to Man Utd’s misery, Dortmund top Zenit

  1. RB says:

    “The goals came courtesy of Alejandro Dominguez and Costa Rican international Joel Campbell, who scored on a splendid individual effort from distance in the second half.”

    But did Campbell then follow up his goal a few mins later by walking by a Man U defender and suddenly falling to the ground in mock pain, getting that defender booked and thereby suspended for the return leg back in Manchester? Or has he been slacking?

    • SilverRey says:

      I knew that name sounded familiar….

    • Ted Tran says:

      Yawn… get over it. Oh wait never mind, this America we complain about everything all the time.

      • RB says:

        Uh…

        Yeah, because that was, after all, a complaint. I was complaining about Joel Campbell and the match today, when I said that. I definitely wasn’t just making a sarcastic remark related to him, now that he has come up in the news here, or anything like that.

        • Don the Jewler says:

          Ironic, funny or whatever but that will be Joel Campbell’s lasting legacy..who would want that.

      • Increase says:

        Ted… its a joke. It was funny. He wasn’t really serious.

        Although, I’m totally not over it. Campbell is still a horrible person, just a good player.

        • Shyam says:

          Horrible person? Come on. Even in the world of professional athletics, a dude who dives is hardly that bad. If he’s a horrible person, practically every attacker in the world is.

          • Nate Dollars says:

            “If he’s a horrible person, practically every attacker in the world is.”

            as a defender, i have absolutely no problem with that statement.

      • Fredo says:

        What kind of American condones Joel Campbell’s egregious behavior?