Olympiakos made the perfect start to their latest European campaign by scoring twice inside the opening quarter to earn a 2-0 victory at Slovan Bratislava.
New coach Temuri Ketsbaia’s side must now be considered overwhelming favourites to progress after taking control of this UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie through early goals by Avraam Papadopoulos and Leonardo.
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Back of the net
It took the Greek champions just 65 seconds to open the scoring at the Tehelne Pole Stadium in Bratislava, Papadopoulos heading home from Jaouad Zairi’s corner.
Slovan responded with a positive passage of play but to no avail and in the 21st minute they fell further behind. When Martin Dobrotka lost the ball, Konstantinos Mitroglou played in Leonardo who found the back of the net.
“Today we dominated against a very good side so I have to be satisfied,” said Ketsbaia, after his first competitive match in charge.
Olympiakos could have extended their advantage but were foiled by a combination of David Bicik’s good goalkeeping and the woodwork.
Even when the visitors sat back in the second half they still posed a threat on the counter while limiting the Slovakian titleholders to just a couple of opportunities.
Home coach Dusan Uhrin lamented his side’s efforts at both ends when he said afterwards: “The first goal in the second minute was very important, we then conceded another one not long after as well. After the break I think we were better team but we can’t win unless we score goals.”