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Football: Olympiakos bring listless United to their knees

Published on Feb 26, 2014 5:57 AM
(From left) Manchester United's British forward Wayne Rooney, British midfielder Michael Carrick, Dutch forward Robin van Persie and Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic in disbelief after Olympiakos scored a second goal during the round of 16 Champions League football match at Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens on Feb 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PIRAEUS, Greece (AFP) - Manchester United were shunted towards an unscheduled exit in the Champions League after crashing to a shock 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos in their last 16 first-leg match on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014.

Goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell gave Olympiakos victory at a raucous Karaiskakis Stadium, to leave the Greek champions on the brink of the last eight for the first time since 1999.

It was the first time United had ever lost to a Greek team, but their error-prone display was fully in keeping with a season in which the self-belief of the Alex Ferguson era has thoroughly abandoned them.

Previously unbeaten in the group phase, David Moyes's side conceded defeat with a whimper on a chastening night in the Athenian port of Piraeus, failing to muster a single shot on target.

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