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Champions League LIVE! Olympiakos v Manchester United

by j.orr

And that concludes the evening's activities. For Ian Herbert's match report from Athens CLICK HERE, and Kevin Garside's summary of another painful night for David Moyes CLICK HERE
    • FT: Olympiakos 2 (Dominguez, Campbell) Man United 0
    • Borussia Dortmund won 4-2 at Zenit in tonight's other last-16 tie
    2/25/2014 6:10:05 PM
  • Wayne Rooney hopes Manchester United "can do a Chelsea" this season - win the Champions League if they qualify outside the top four. Read the full article HERE
    2/25/2014 6:43:36 PM
  • Manchester United might have a perfect record against Olympiakos, but it would be remiss of you to think it will all be plain sailing tonight. HERE are 10 reason why United should fear their Greek opponents...
    2/25/2014 6:48:51 PM
  • Three changes made by David Moyes from the side that defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday, including bringing in Tom Cleverley for Marouane Fellaini. Juan Mata is cup-tied.

    United XI: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, van Persie.
    2/25/2014 6:53:33 PM
  • Olympiakos meanwhile, have Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell in their line-up, yes...the Joel Campbell on loan from Arsenal.

    Olympiakos: Roberto, Leandro Salino, Manolas, Marcano, Holebas; Maniatis, N’Dinga, Campbell, Dominguez, Perez, Olaitan.
    2/25/2014 6:59:26 PM
  • The decision to omit Januzaj has raised a few eyebrows from United fans  it seems...

    2/25/2014 7:12:44 PM
  • No glorious reunion for Roy Carroll tonight, the former United goalkeeper now at Olympiakos. He is not even on the bench, but don't let that put you off Pete Jenson's great piece about the Northern Irish 'keeper. Click HERE to read the full article.
    2/25/2014 7:15:32 PM
  • From The Independent's Ian Herbert...

    2/25/2014 7:24:56 PM
  • Just a couple of minutes now until kick-off...and the excitement reaches fever pitch in Athens. We'll have all the news and updates covered here.
    2/25/2014 7:42:30 PM
  • 1 Min: And it's the home side who get us under way...
    2/25/2014 7:45:28 PM
  • 2 min: Olympiakos look to build on an attack from kick-off, but the long ball is headed back to United goalkeeper De Gea by Smalling. All the away sides have won so far in the Champions League last-16 this season. United will hope for more of the same.
    2/25/2014 7:48:15 PM
  • 3 min: Evra handles when the tricky Campbell looks to take him on. How will this affect the United left-back so early on in the match?
    2/25/2014 7:49:46 PM
  • 8 min: Smalling losses possession and Dominguez breaks free. He powers unopposed into the box and looks to take a shot, but Vidic leaps in to block. United yet to get going at all but good work from the Serbian.
    2/25/2014 7:54:39 PM
  • 10 min: With Carrick in the centre, United look to keep possession and calm things down. The Premier League side have been second best so far...
    2/25/2014 7:56:27 PM
  • 13 min: Young's lofted ball over the top is easily dealt with. The lethal pair of Rooney and Van Persie yet to get a sniff so far in Athens.
    2/25/2014 7:58:37 PM
  • 15 min: Evra's tame pass is cut out by Salino but United win back possession, quicker in the hounding the Greek side now. Young plays a clever pass to Van Persie in the box, but there's just too much weight on the pass. Nice idea from the winger.
    2/25/2014 8:02:01 PM
  • 17 min: Van Persie powers into the area, fending off Manolas before the ball goes out for a corner. The resulting corner is cleared into the path of Cleverley, but the midfielder scuffs his effort and it goes wide. Encouraging spell for United.
    2/25/2014 8:03:36 PM
  • 20 min: And it's back to keep ball for the soundtrack of the whistling masses. Valencia gets into space down the right, but can't find a team-mate.
    2/25/2014 8:06:43 PM
  • Valencia not winning any new fans on Twitter tonight...

    2/25/2014 8:09:04 PM
  • 26 min: Hernan Perez cuts in from the left, looks at goal, but his shot across the target goes wide. De Gea looked to have his near post covered but questions will be raised at the time and space the winger was afforded.
    2/25/2014 8:13:07 PM
  • 28 min: Campbell, the Arsenal man, charges forward but is tackled by Ferdinand with ease. Giroud, Sanogo and Co will not be to worried about their place next season on his performance so far.
    2/25/2014 8:15:30 PM
  • 31 min: With Januzaj not involved in this match, the lively Olympiakos winger Perez performs the step-overs. Valencia tracks back to make the tackle.
    2/25/2014 8:18:14 PM
  • 34 min: Perez gets the ball again, but this time Smalling makes the tackle. The pace of Perez down the left, and Dominguez through the centre causing problems for United.
    2/25/2014 8:20:10 PM
    2/25/2014 8:22:40 PM
  • 37 min: Olympiakos take the lead! From a fine counter-attack, Maniatis takes a shot from just outside the area, it looks to be going wide...but Dominguez deflects it in to create more misery for Moyes this season.
    2/25/2014 8:26:09 PM
  • 40 min: United look to get back into the game straight away. Rooney lofts in a free-kick from a dangerous position, but the ball is cleared for a corner. Van Persie leapt to meet Rooney's set-piece but clashed with Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto. He leaves the field after the incident, in which he endured an awkward fall, but soon returns after United's corner fails to come to anything.
    2/25/2014 8:29:55 PM
  • HT: Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi brings the first 45 minutes to an end. Olympiakos go into the break with a lead, and deservedly so. United have found it tough against the Olympiakos pace so far, and Rooney and Van Persie have failed to shine at all.
    2/25/2014 8:33:42 PM
  • And United get the second-half under way...
    2/25/2014 8:47:34 PM
  • 46 min: The ball is played back to Cleverley, and the midfielder's wayward pass gives away possession. The much-maligned England international has not looked confident at all tonight.. 
    2/25/2014 8:49:17 PM
  • A gem (although not for the English teams) of a stat by The Independent's James Mariner. Make that over seven hours now...
    2/25/2014 8:50:35 PM
    2/25/2014 8:56:09 PM
  • 54 min: And it's the Arsenal striker, Joel Campbell, who makes it 2-0! He evades the challenge of Carrick with ease, and curls one in past De Gea from just outside the area. Marvellous strike.
    2/25/2014 8:58:08 PM
  • 58 min: United look to bring on Kagawa, who has emerged from the bench. Vital final 30 minutes for Moyes's side. What can they salvage from this?
    2/25/2014 9:00:24 PM
  • 60 min: Still flat from United, who make make a double change in the end. Welbeck and Kagawa on for Valencia and Cleverley. No incision from the United attackers so far at all. Rooney drops back to midfield to gain some kind of involvement in the match.
    2/25/2014 9:03:27 PM
  • 62 min: Carrick cuts out Perez's pass and fires a quick ball over for Van Persie, who plays in Welbeck but he's called offside. United now playing with a degree of urgency at least..
    2/25/2014 9:05:01 PM
  • 64 min: Young croses to Welbeck, he slips but still gets a brave header on the ball and it goes wide. Still time for that crucial away goal..
    2/25/2014 9:05:58 PM
  • 66 min: This time Ferdinand lumps it forward but Van Persie, but it comes to nothing. Olympiakos use their pace on the break, Olaitan gets some space in the box but fires his shot narrowly wide. The Greek side looking dangerous with every attack at the moment.
    2/25/2014 9:10:08 PM
  • 70 min: Rooney looks to get an attack started down the left wing, he plays in Welbeck but Manolas charges across to get the tackle in. Impressive performance from the 22-year-old Greece defender tonight. No wonder he is now capped at international level.
    2/25/2014 9:13:41 PM
  • Campbell, on loan from Arsenal, celebrates..with more than a nod to a certain Thierry Henry

    2/25/2014 9:15:54 PM
  • 76 mins: Less than 15 minutes left for United to get something out of this. Hernandez is summoned from the bench, will he score that priceless goal?
    2/25/2014 9:20:06 PM
  • 79 min: Rooney now playing deep in central midfield, finds Young on the right wing, he crosses early but Van Persie can't connect. United beginning to find more space in Athens.
    2/25/2014 9:22:54 PM
  • 80 min: BIG CHANCE FOR UNITED! Smalling powers forward down the right, he finds Van Persie, who takes a touch to evade the challenge of Manolas. But with just the 'keeper to beat from eight yards out he skies his effort over with his right foot. Still no shots on target tonight for the away side...
    2/25/2014 9:25:05 PM
  • 84 min: A poor cross there from Smalling. Young put the advancing right back in space but he leans back and hits the ball out for a goal kick. Frustrating spell for United.
    2/25/2014 9:28:23 PM
  • 88 min: The ball constantly in the Olympiakos half. Ferdinand hits it forward, Welbeck takes a touch and looks to run behind the defence but touches the ball into the path of Van Persie, who tries to get a toe onto the ball but his effort is easily claimed by Roberto.
    2/25/2014 9:32:33 PM
  • 92 min: United continue to bomb forward in the dying stages. Evra gets clear down the left but his cross is well dealt with. Time well and truly running out for United.
    2/25/2014 9:34:31 PM
    2/25/2014 9:35:45 PM
  • Like the other English teams, Manchester United lose 2-0, and few could argue with the scoreline. Olympiakos dominated, their pacy trio of Dominguez, Perez and Campbell constantly causing problems. Yet another match to forget for the beleaguered Moyes, and a lot of work to be done to recover from this result in three weeks time at Old Trafford.
    2/25/2014 9:39:36 PM
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