Champions League LIVE! Manchester United v Olympiakos - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League LIVE! Manchester United v Olympiakos



BY JAMES ORR

by j.orr

Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of this Champions League last-16 second tie between Manchester United and Olympiakos at Old Trafford.

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    • FT: Manchester United 3-0 Olympiakos (agg:3-2)
    • Van Persie scores a hat-trick
    • FT: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Zenit (agg: 5-4)
    3/19/2014 6:31:35 PM
  • The United team is out...and it's Ryan Giggs who gets a surprise call up to the starting XI. The 40-year-old Welshman makes his first start for the club since 28 January.

    Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck; Rooney, van Persie.
    Subs: Lindegaard, Fellaini, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez.
    3/19/2014 6:43:03 PM
  • Moyes is going all out - there are no defenders on the bench!
    3/19/2014 6:44:50 PM
  • Usually it's just Giggs who gets all the milestones. Now the competition gets one too...

    3/19/2014 7:16:14 PM
  • What was that about a milestone for the immortal Welshman. Of course there is one for you...

    3/19/2014 7:21:12 PM
  • The Olympiakos team in its entirety then..only one change from the victory in Athens three weeks ago - David Fuster replaces unwell Michael Olaitan.

    Olympiakos: Roberto, Leandro Salino, Manolas, Marcano, Holebas, Perez, Ndinga, Dominguez, Maniatis, David Fuster, Campbell. 

    Subs: Megyeri, Paulo Machado, Samaris, Haedo Valdez, Papadopoulos, Vergos, Bong Songo
    3/19/2014 7:28:37 PM
  • 8 min: Olympiakos finally muster a couple of passes in a row, but the cross comes to nothing. Has been all United so far.
    3/19/2014 7:54:22 PM
  • 10 min: Its another booking, this time Dominguez cops one for chopping down Valencia. The United winger is currently playing with one eye open after taking a massive shiner from an earlier clash. He looks like he's gone 12 rounds with Tyson, not 10 minutes against Olympiakos.
    3/19/2014 7:56:26 PM
  • 11 min: And another booking. The first of game for United after Carrick dives in late. The Dutch referee Björn Kuipers has enjoyed a card happy start to the game.
    3/19/2014 7:58:44 PM


  • 3/19/2014 7:59:29 PM
  • 15 min: But its chance for Olympiakos. The Gunners striker Joel Campbell hits a low cross for Perez. Impressive break from the Greeks.
    3/19/2014 8:02:57 PM
  • 17 min: And Rooney hits the post! Giggs with a sublime cross from the left, Rooney gets free in the box and his header beats Roberto but bounces off the post. Encouraging.
    3/19/2014 8:05:01 PM
  • 19 min: Campbell with another powerful surge forward, he looks to play in Perez again but Ferdinand cuts it out. Campbell looking the dangerman for the away side.
    3/19/2014 8:06:37 PM
  • 22 min: PENALTY TO UNITED!
    3/19/2014 8:08:28 PM
  • 23 min: Long ball to Van Persie, he looks to chest the ball down but Holebas charges into his back. Definite penalty. Great chance for United. Van Persie steps up...
    3/19/2014 8:09:27 PM
  • 25 min: And Van Persie makes no mistake from the spot. Powering his effort into the right of the goal. Roberto guessed correctly but it was fired with such venom he had no chance. The tie is well and truly back on! 1-0 to United!
    3/19/2014 8:10:58 PM
  • 26 min: And United are on the attack again. Looking like their old cerebral self. Rooney passes to Welbeck but he's tackled.
    3/19/2014 8:12:49 PM
  • Rooney's delightful cross-field pass to put Van Persie in for the resulting penalty foul gaining all the credit. Rightfully so, too.

    3/19/2014 8:14:54 PM
  • 30 min: Half an hour played. All going swimmingly for United so far.
    3/19/2014 8:16:29 PM
  • Here's Ferguson, but no sign of his partner in crime Mick Hucknell tonight...

    3/19/2014 8:19:01 PM
  • 34 min: Van Persie arrows in his corner, Evra leaps for ball - it comes of the back of his head and looks to be going into the top corner, but Roberto makes an acrobatic save. Like Chelsea last night, only one team playing here...
    3/19/2014 8:21:19 PM
  • 39 min: But what a chance for Olympiakos! Double save by De Gea. Perez gets into acres of space down the right, crosses for Fuster but his penalty is well saved. Dominguez then with rebound but De Gea somehow gets his leg to it. A worryingly moment there for United..
    3/19/2014 8:27:36 PM
  • 42 min: Maniatis is all over Valencia and pulls him down. But this time no penalty is given. Nearly five penalties given in four days at Old Trafford.
    3/19/2014 8:29:59 PM
  • 45 min: GOAL FOR UNITED! 2-0!
    3/19/2014 8:30:43 PM
  • 52 min: United now take the lead in the tie, and deservedly so. They have looked like their old selves tonight. And could yet score more..
    3/19/2014 8:58:14 PM
  • 55 min: But it's a chance for Olympiakos. Free header from Perez from a free-kick. Should have done far better there. It goes well wide.
    3/19/2014 9:00:08 PM
  • 57 min: United charge down the other end. Evra overlapping down the left, Van Persie drops back to put play him in but his effort is cut out. 
    3/19/2014 9:02:23 PM
  • 60 min: Evra with a late tackle and he gets a yellow. And referee Bjorn Kuipers has not been shy in handing them out tonight. Evrawill miss the next round, and United now have a great chance of being in it.
    3/19/2014 9:04:57 PM
  • RVP receives his plaudits, and even a wink from Valencia

    3/19/2014 9:08:00 PM
  • 68 min: United dominating possession. Breathing space awaits for the beleaguered David Moyes if the score stays as it is..
    3/19/2014 9:11:50 PM
  • 70 min: Rafael makes his way forward, the ball played back to him but his shot is deflected over. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
    3/19/2014 9:13:27 PM
  • 72 min: While they are not posing any real threat, don't forget that all Olympiakos need to do is score a late goal and they will lead the tie.
    3/19/2014 9:14:51 PM
  • 75 min: One player that won't score that vital goal is Salino. He's gone off and Paulo Machado, he of the finest moustache in professional football, is on. It's Movember all year round for Machado.

    3/19/2014 9:19:22 PM

  • 3/19/2014 9:19:31 PM
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