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Champions League: Olympiakos Stuns Atletico Madrid in Athens

Olympiakos Piraeus secured a surprise 3-2 victory last night. Unbelievably their opponent was last year’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid. It was quite a dream start for the Greek Champions.

Olympiakos went ahead on 13 minutes at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium. The young French defender Arthur Masuaku found space for a low shot.

The hosts got advantage just after the half hour mark. This time Ibrahim Afellay doubled the score for them.

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Seven minutes before halftime, Atletico Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic pulled a goal back. But again the visitors had to fall behind. Kostas Mitroglou got strike at the 73rd minute for Olympiakos. It was his only goal for last ten months.

Just before the last four minutes, Atletico substitute Antoine Griezmann set up another tense finish. It was quite a close-range strike for him. But late enough, as Michel’s team clung on for victory.

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 Olympiakos vs Atletico:

The match opening was a little tentative. Olympiakos went ahead from the first clean chance. Alejandro Dominguez’s short corner was teed up by Afellay for Masuaku. Then just outside the area, Masuaku had to beat Jan Oblak with a superb low strike.

Atletico Madrid fought back sometimes. But striker Mandzukic was wasteful in front of the bar. The La Liga Champions were punished against the run of play. And thereafter, Afellay put the hosts 2-0 ahead.

Dominguez showed a determined run for the goal. Mitroglou just dummied his pass then. Afellay had to finish into the bottom corner clinically.

Suddenly Mandzukic found the target. Atletico clawed their way back into the match. Cristian Ansaldi provided the precise cross head the ball home. Eric Abidal was there, but Mandzukic perfected to escape his attention.

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The hosts restored their two goal lead. This time again Mitroglou. He just superbly controlled Pajtim Kasim’s cross and swiveled past Oblak from close range.

Last time he scored at the World Cup playoff against Romania. That was last November and he was playing for Greece.

Substitute Griezmann struck from Koke’s superb cross. The final few minutes were real nervy. But still the hosts held on to claim the points and celebrations following the final whistle.

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Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone interested in managing Brazil in future

Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid has revealed that he would like to manage a Brazilian team. While speaking to ESPN Brasil he praisedSeleção before listing them as a dangerous team with the world cup less than a month away.

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Diego Simeone—-image via: ibnlive.in.com

Mentioning Brazil as the most technical team, with many options especially defensive but with a very strong middle ground he comments saying,

“if Brazil plays as they did in the confederation, with the same aggressiveness and play the same team, they will be very dangerous in the world cup.”

Simeone’s quotes about managing in Brazil could take a few by surprise, but it is true that many have laveled Brazil as favorites.

Although there is no doubt that Diego Simeone will remain at Atletico Madrid for the foreseeable future, the Argentine appears willing to test himself in Brazil.

Diego Simeone, the 44-year-old has managed in his native Argentina, Italy and now Spain. It appears now that his next move could be to South America.

Diego Simeone added in his speech,

”For years I have thought about leading a team in Brazil”.

Simeone has a long cherished dream to lead a Brazilian team that we can see in his speech,

” Brazil has an amazing talent of the players, the style of football, and the full stadiums. Yes, one day, I’ll manage in Brazil.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gets 2-Match Ban, Available for Madrid Derby

This year’s Ballon d’or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-match ban. He was sent off during the match against Cordoba on last Saturday. Though Real Madrid had a 2-1 tight win, the Portuguese football star had to endure a red card as punishment for kicking Edimar Fraga. But as a matter of fact, Madrid fans can keep calm as he is very much expected to return for the Madrid Derby (Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid) on 7th February 2015.

 Ronaldo 2-match ban report:

Referee Alejandro Hernandez dismissed Ronaldo for kicking opponent player during the match. There has been another comment of not reporting CR7’s slap on Jose Crespo. That means the Real Madrid superstar is escaping without a violent-conduct charge, now can get prepared for one of his side’s toughest matches of the campaign against Atletico Madrid.

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In the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo has to miss out the two games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla. Of course, he regretted for the unexpected event after the match,

“I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my thoughtless act in today’s game”

– via Sky Sports

We already know, that the 29-year-old has been in great form so far in this season. He had already scored 34 goals and provided 10 important assists in only 30 appearances across all competitions. Undoubtedly he is continuing to play a vital role in Madrid leading La Liga and hopefully his absence will be a critical issue for the Spanish giants in the upcoming two matches.

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Ronaldo does have a history of getting sent off after becoming irritated by opponents. His latest discretion is the ninth of his career. Previously he was also dismissed two times during the Manchester derby and another remarkable, during the 2013 Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid. So, in total he got five red cards during his career in Spanish football.

Carlo Ancelotti possesses enough manpower to ensure his side can cope in CR7’s absence. Obviously he has Gareth Bale, who scored the winner against Cordoba and can again provide the winning mark anytime. Another young star, Jese Rodriguez may also receive an extended run in the side, while Javier Hernandez could aid Karim Benzema’s output in a slight change of natural formation of Real Madrid.

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No doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo will be thirsty for his return to the top form after this ban conclusion. He made a number of questionable decisions before the very marching orders from referee. But anyone can easily assume, how dangerous this fine playmaker can be, when being thirsty for the rest of La Liga.