Champions League: Olympiakos beats Arsenal 2-1
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) -Substitute Costas Mitroglou fired Olympiakos to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, as the Greek champions came from behind with two goals in nine minutes.
The London side took the lead against the flow of play in the 38th minute with Tomas Rosicky, set up by Gervinho, who switched to the right, outran two defenders and skillfully swung the ball back.
Olympiakos dropped back despite having the early initiative, helped by Algerian duo Djamel Abdoun and Rafik Djebbour, who missed some early chances.
But Yiannis Maniatis leveled in the 64th, pouncing on a defensive error when Aaron Ramsey foolishly chested down the ball.
Mitroglou scored the winner in the 73rd, powering the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from outside the area, just a minute after coming on.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose team had already qualified from Group B, marked his 150th Champions League match.
He traveled to Greece without several key players, including Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, before the match against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Greeks were already destined for the Europa League.
"It was a great night for us. It's a shame we were out of the Champions League, the way we played. We fought hard and came from behind,'' Olympiakos defender Costas Manolas said.
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