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25/02/2014 22:23, Report by James Tuck
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The Match: Athens agony

After the match report, we take a more in-depth look at United’s defeat to Olympiacos…

The match Olympiacos began at a brisk pace, which United noticeably tried to manage with a considered possession game. It worked to a point, with the Greek champions struggling to trouble the Reds’ defence. But the visitors weren’t creating any meaningful chances either and the home side will feel their greater industry merited Alejandro Dominguez’s first goal. It became an uphill task soon after the interval when Joel Campbell added a second but what will disappoint David Moyes most is that his team only came to life in the game’s final throes, when Robin van Persie fired over United’s best opportunity.

The goals Olympiacos’ opener was somewhat fortuitous but Dominguez did well to get something on Giannis Maniatis's wayward shot to deflect it past a helpless David De Gea. The hosts’ second goal was a quality strike, though, as Joel Campbell nutmegged Michael Carrick before bending home a left-footed shot.

Star man Nemanja Vidic won almost everything in the air and made several well-timed challenges. His last-ditch tackle to deny Dominguez, after the Argentinian had glided past several players, was exceptional and if anyone did not deserve to be on the losing side, it was the Reds’ captain.

Sub-plot United went into the game as favourites, having topped Group A without defeat, as well as boasting four wins from four previous encounters with Olympiacos. But the Piraeus outfit put in a spirited display to become the

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