Apoel won with a shock 0-1 victory over Olympiacos in Piraeus last night Thursday night to go top of Europa League Group B.
It was the first time these two clubs were meeting in a competitive game.
Apoel defended for most of the game after Pieros Sotiriou’s tenth minute header to make it two wins from two in the competition for Apoel.
On 17 minutes, Olympiacos thought they had found the perfect response when Brown Ideye cut inside Carlao before finishing well, but a very late flag from the linesman ruled out the goal. It was a hugely tight call from the official, with the former West Bromwich Albion striker leaning offside at most.
The siege to Apoel’s goal continued. Fortounis was having a fine game, but fortune was not on his side. The Greek playmaker thought he had done enough to divert Ideye’s cutback only to see his goalward strike cleared by Carlao with Waterman stranded.
Marko Marin, who boosted Olympiacos before kick-off after being announced fit to play, was the latest to go close for the hosts on 35 minutes when his long range drive whistled just wide of the post.ĺ
It was Giorgos Merkis’ turn to save the day, as the Cypriot somehow managed to get back on the line to head Ideye’s header onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
But Apoel held on to record their first European win at the 15th attempt.
Apoel are in top spot, three points clear of second-placed Olympiacos and five clear of both Astana and Young Boys after their 0-0 draw.
Apoel’s next Europa League game is another away challenge, as they travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys on 20 October.