Olympiacos Defeats Rijeka in Champions League First Playoff Round Match

Daniela Rogulj

Rijeka loses 1:2 to Olympiacos in the first-leg of the Champions League first round playoff match in Piraeus. 

The Croatian champions were unlucky in Piraeus tonight after suffering a defeat against Greek champions Olympiacos.

Rijeka took the lead in the 42nd minute before Olympiacos equalized in the 66th minute. From the 83rd minute, Rijeka played with a man down and after the third minute of extra time, Olympiacos clinched the victory for a final score of 2:1. 

Here’s a rundown of the match:

Matjaž Kek’s team took the lead in the 42nd minute when Heber’s shot found the right corner of the net, shocking the famous Greek club. Rijeka was up 0:1.

Olympiacos put the pressure on and Rijeka defended successfully until the 66th minute when Vadis Odjidja’s strong shot could not be defended by Rijeka’s goalkeeper Sluga, making the score 1:1.

In the 82nd minute, Rijeka’s Leonard Žuta received his second yellow card, forcing him off the pitch. Rijeka played the rest of the match with a man down.

In the last 15 minutes, Rijeka’s exhaustion was apparent, and in the third minute of extra time, Alaixys Romao of Olympiacos scored the winning goal. The final score ended 2:1. 


Rijeka will face Lokomotiva this weekend in the Croatian First League and Kek will certainly rest some players to prepare for the rematch against Olympiacos in Rijeka next week. 

Olympiacos: Kapino; Elabdellaoui, Romao, Retsos, Koutris; Odjidja (Androutsos, 79), Gillet; Carcela-Gonzlaez, Marin (Pardo, 75), Seba (Fortounis, 65); Ben

Rijeka: Sluga; Vešović, Župarić, Elez, Žuta; Bradarić, Maleš; Heber (Martić, 88), Mišić, Gorgon (Črnic, 77); Gavranović (Jelić, 72)


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