Villa Taught Valuable Lesson
On a fine Evening in the city of Pieaeus, situated in urban Athens, an Olympiakos side showed Aston Villa how to come back in a game that they were behind in.
Villa, in there first Champions League match since they lost in the quarter final of 1983 against a Michel Platini inspired Juventus side, made the better start as Salomon Rondon and Davide Santon gave the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 18th minute.
Rondon's goal was a great team move that included Milner, Volland and Higuain, who all combined to give the easiest of finishes for the Venezuelan. Santon's goal was a cross, which took a deflected into the back of the net.
That was as good as it got for Villa though as in the 41st minute Santon was sent off for two bookable offences. They were stupid challenges and for a player of Santon's experience, it was so out of character, but that gave Olympiakos something to capitalise on.
It was Benitez's and Olympiakos's day
The second half would prove the downfall for The Villans however as Jorge Benitez had an absolute stormer of a second half to inspire Olympiakos to a memorable 3-2 victory. The striker, who is in his forth season at the Greek champions hit the first of his brace in the 60th minute after great build up play from Vangioli and Villalba to supply the best cross of the match giving Benitez a easy headed goal.
Villalba then scored one of his own from a free kick, which must have been around 30 yards out but was curled around the Villa wall superbly to equalise. The Greek side did live dangerously though and Rondon, Sterling and Hughes went close but it was from a Villa attack that led to the deciding Olympiakos goal. Milner gave the ball away leaving the Greek league leaders to go 4 against 2 as Villa searched for a goal. Villalba, who got man of the match gave the ball to Benitez, who rounded Sirigu to score and give Olympiakos the most unlikely of victories.
Villa will go into the next match against FC Porto at Villa Park knowing they need to avoid a defeat to avoid leaving the competition early.
Elsewhere in the Champions League Christian Benteke
gave Galatassary a late goal to salvage a draw against Lazio after Bonaventura
had put the Italians ahead in Turkey.
Manchester United won 5-2
against Inter and Steaua got a great 0-0
draw against P$G in Romania.