Olympiacos’ Champions League hopes dented by Apollon
GREEK SUPERLEAGUE - MATCHDAY 28
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Olympiacos’ miserable season took another deflating step on Sunday after the dethroned former SuperLeague champions slipped to a poor 1-0 defeat at strugglers Apollon Smyrnis - inflicting a body blow to the Piraeus club’s hopes of playing in the Champions League next season.
Christo Almpanis’ strike in the opening minute of a tense match at the Rizoupouli stadium was enough to seal three vital points for the home side, are are now assured of SuperLeague football next season as a result.
The win lifted them eight points clear of the drop zone.
For Olympiacos, however, the effect of the result is likely to have serious ramifications on their European ambitions as it leaves them four points adrift of second-placed PAOK with just two matches to play.
If they miss out on second place they will have to make do with a place in the Europa League, a matter which will be a bitter pill to swallow for Interim coach Christos Kontis’ side.
Despite missing a hatful of chances in a match they dominated for long spells, there will be no excuse for outspoken club owner Vangelis Marinakism who has already indicated he will hold a fire sale in the summer and completely change the current underachieving squad of players.
HIGHLIGHTS: APOLLON SMYRNIS - OLYMPIACOS