UEFA Champions League: Bayern Beat Olympiakos, Barcelona Draw At Roma
Another instance of international politics entering the sporting arena. Bayern Munich started their campaign in this season’s UEFA Champions league with a thumping 3-0 win over Greek side Olympiakos on Wednesday. But tension mounted on the stands as Bayern fans clashed with riot-trained police forces, dishing out ugly scenes.
The match was marred by clashes of riot-trained police and Bayern fans prior to the kick-off, leaving one spectator injured. Bayern fans were seen throwing broken plastic bottles and seats at their Greek counterparts. 1,700 fans turned up for Munich under heavy protection of police forces due to Germany’s stringent stance on the Greek economic bail-out.
The German outfit has lodged a complaint against the treatment of police on their fans.
Thomas Mueller scored a brace in the German outfit’s win. But Mueller’s first goal in the 7th minute into the second half was a long-range fluke.
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Bayern held on to their lead, as Mario Goetze doubled the tally in the end of the second half. Mueller then rounded off things from a spot-kick in the injury time of the game.
“I don’t know if I had a pact with the Greek goddess of luck, but it was certainly lucky that it (his goal) slipped in the net,” Mueller told ZDF.
“It certainly made things easier for us.”
Barcelona Draw At Roma
Alessandro Florenzi emerged as the hero on Lionel Messi’s 100th Champions League appearance on Wednesday at Rome.
Florenzi scored a gem of a goal as Roma managed to hold the reigning Euro champions 1-1 at Stadio Olimpico. Barca dominated the game throughout and the Catalans drew first blood in the 21st minute.
Luis Suarez headed in Ivan Rakitic’s center in the far post. The Spanish giants then blew a sequence of chances as the determined home side kept the citadel intact.
Roma were finally rewarded when Florenzi’s long-ranger hit the post and shook the net. Roma were thrashed 7-1 by Bayern in a group match last season.