Olympiacos have lost their fourth game in the Champions League group stage to Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Allianz Arena.
The German side gave little space to the red-and-whites and dominated the possession for most of the match, as Olympiacos tried to fend off wave after wave of Bayern attacks.
Pedro Martins chose to go with three defensive midfielders (Guillherme, Andreas Bouchalakis, Mady Camara) in order to maintain a balance in midfield, but Bayern’s superiority proved too much for them as they struggled to keep them out of Jose Sa’s area.
The Portuguese goalkeeper was in great form and denied the Bayern players a goal on several occasions.
It was mostly thanks to his efforts that the scoreline remained goalless at the end of the first half, with the home side having created over 15 opportunities on goal, as Olympiacos were barely able to come up with one (through an early Lazar Randjelovic strike)!
Yet, although they held on to possession and created several chances to score, it seemed that Bayern were playing it cautious throughout the first half, as they didn’t really have any urgency in their attacks and the defence of Olympiacos was easily able to thwart their efforts, despite not creating anything on the other end.
The home side had a point to prove after last week’s embarrassing 5-1 loss that followed the dismissal of Croatian manager Niko Kovac and desperately needed a win to maintain a balance inside their dressing room.
That was apparent by the way they approached the match, yet Olympiacos was unable to make anything of it.
But if the first half could be considered difficult for the red-and-white defence, the second was asphyxiating, with Bayern increasing their pressure on the ball and the Olympiacos players barely able to exchange three passes between them.
Their brave resistance held up until the 69th minute, when the usual suspect Robert Lewandowski made the most out of a great pass by Kingsley Coman and tapped the ball passed Sa to score a goal that everyone could see coming.
Pedro Martins tried to change things up by introducing Mathieu Valbuena and Yossef El Arabi into the game, yet the difference in quality was simply too vast and the home side took advantage of a counter attack to score a second with Ivan Perisic (89′) who had been introduced into the game just 33 seconds earlier.
The loss still leaves Olympiacos in the fight for a spot in the round of 16 of the Champions League, yet they will need two wins in their upcoming games against Tottenham Hotspur in London and Crvena Zvezda at the Karaiskakis.