Gunners go down in Greece

Tue, 06 Dec 22:19:11 2011

Arsenal ended their Champions League Group F campaign with a 3-1 defeat at Olympiacos - but the Greeks missed out on the knockout stages.

Despite qualification and top spot already secure before the clash in Athens, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger - taking charge of his 200th European tie - will have expected better. Defensive lapses again proved costly as the English side trailed 2-0 at the break.

In-form Algeria striker Rafik Djebbour slotted home after 16 minutes after a loose ball was not cut out at the edge of the area before substitute goalkeeper Vito Mannone - on for the injured Lukasz Fabianski - made a hash of his clearance as David Fuster made it 2-0 on 36 minutes.

Yossi Benayoun slotted home a consolation after 57 minutes before Francois Modesto secured victory with a minute left.

However, with Marseille producing a late rally to win at Borussia Dortmund, it was not enough to see the Greeks through to the last 16.

 

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