Felipe Pardo

Greek giants Olympiacos staged a stunning second-half comeback against 10-man Dinamo Zagreb to put them within touching distance of the UEFA Champions League last 16.

The Piraeus club fell behind to an early goal when Armin Hodzic headed Dinamo Zagreb into the lead in the 21st minute of the game. The Greek tragedy seemed to have continued when Greece international Kostas Fourtounis squandered a golden opportunity to bring his team back level, by missing a penalty and rebound, early in the second-half.

Marco Silva, manager of Olympiacos FC, introduced Brazilian forward Felipe Pardo in an attempt to salvage the spoils against the Croatians. He responded to his manager’s prayers in perfect fashion by curling a left-foot shot into the back of the net in the 65th minute, before firing the winner right at the death to seal all three points.

The Greek club unpredictably are now 6 points ahead of Arsenal, who, along with Bayern Munich, were firm favourites to advance to the next round of the competition.

The result leaves Silva’s men 1 point away from qualification for the last 16 of this season’s Champions league after 2 wins against Dinamo Zagreb and an impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Olympiacos who have played a part in some historic champions league ties, have 2 games remaining to get the point they desperately crave but can also seal qualification if Arsenal fail to beat Dinamo Zagreb in their game on week 5.

Article written by Chris Charalambous