Olympiakos Piraeus brings European Cup title to Greece for the first time

In a weak match full of mistakes on both sides, striker Ayoub El Kaabi (116th) scored the winner for the Greeks, and coach Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team crowned their European season in the stadium of rivals AEK Athens. Just like last year, when Florence lost the final to West Ham United (1:2) after conceding a goal in the final minute, the Italians led by their Karlsruhe-born coach Vincenzo Italiano missed the chance to win their first European title since 1961.

Because the journey to the AEK arena was only about 15 kilometers long, Olympiakos fans were clearly in the majority in the stands. A state of emergency also prevailed in the city, and due to the explosive nature of the situation, the authorities had massively tightened security measures, particularly in the Athens suburb of Nea Filadelfia. There were reportedly fights in the stands during the game.

The Greeks, who had lost twice to SC Freiburg in the group stage of the Europa League and were relegated to the Conference League in third place, were afraid to take risks before the break, while Florence had the better chances. However, both teams made a number of bad passes until extra time and little came out of the game. Shortly before the end of extra time, El Kaabi scored with a header.

Eintracht Frankfurt was the only German representative in the Conference League and had already failed in the intermediate round against Union St. Gilloise.


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