Olympiacos searching for third win on Ukrainian soil
Following the 2:2 draw against Dynamo Kyiv in the first leg, Olympiacos are up against it in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, and a third win in Ukraine will probably be required for qualification.
Olympiacos were close to beating Dynamo Kyiv in Piraeus last week, but in the dying moments of the game, the Ukrainians bagged a second equaliser which leaves them in the box seat ahead of the return at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium. In order to advance to the Last 16, Olympiacos must win in Kyiv, or secure a high scoring draw by scoring three or more goals (i.e. 3:3, 4:4). A score of 2:2 would take the tie to extra time, while a 0:0/1:1 draw or any Dynamo Kyiv victory would send the Ukrainian side through.
In the past, Olympiacos have played six competitive matches in Ukraine, tallying two victories, one draw and three defeats.
The first match for Olympiacos on Ukrainian soil was played in the 1975/1976 European Cup, when the Piraeus organisation dropped a 0:1 defeat to exit the competition in the first round. In the 1992/1993 European Cup Winners’ Cup, Olympiacos gained their maiden win in Ukraine, beating Chernomorets Odessa 3:0 to qualify for the second phase.
14 years later, Olympiacos twice had a lead when playing Shakhtar in Donetsk in the 2006/2007 UEFA Champions League group stage, however the hosts responded to draw 2:2. In 2008, the Erythrokefkoi conceded a 0:1 loss to Metalist Kharkiv on the road in Group B of the UEFA Cup, but Olympiacos did then beat the same opponents 1:0 in Ukraine in the first leg of the 2011/2012 Europa League Last 16. It must be said that Olympiacos did then lose the second game 1:2 in Piraeus to suffer elimination.
Olympiacos’ latest match in Ukraine took place in the Last 32 of the 2014/2015 Europa League against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Due to civil unrest in the country, the match was held in Kyiv instead of Dnipropetrovsk, but that didn’t prevent Dnipro from emerging victorious 2:0. Dnipro eventually reached the final of the tournament where they lost to Sevilla (2:3).