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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Champions League: Moyes eyes Man Utd comeback

David Moyes calls on side to bounce back after 2-0 defeat by Olympiacos

  • Joel Campbell celebrates his goal against Manchester United

Olympiacos 2-0 Manchester United

Manchester United manager David Moyes vowed that his team would do everything in their power to reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after their first-leg defeat by Olympiacos in Greece.

Moyes called the performance the worst he had seen by his side in the competition but expressed hope that United would be able to overturn the deficit at Old Trafford in three weeks' time.

United were undone by a goal in each half by Alejandro Dominguez then Joel Campbell, the Costa Rica forward who is on a season-long loan at Olympiacos from Arsenal.

Dominguez diverted home Giannis Maniatis's shot on 38 minutes while Campbell secured victory with a fine curling strike nine minutes after the break. Robin van Persie had a great opportunity to pull a goal back for United late on but he fired over.

"That's the worst we have played in Europe," Moyes said. "It was a really poor performance. We never really got going from the start and we didn't deserve anything because of the way we played.

"We never really got to grips with things and to a man you could hardly pick anybody out. We just didn't perform. We came into the game in good form and a good mindset but it just didn't show. I am just surprised. I didn't see that level of performance coming. I just didn't see it.

"The one good thing is that there is still a second game to come. We will do everything we can possibly do to reverse the 2-0 defeat. We are determined to put it right and will have opportunities to do that in the coming weeks."

The second leg of the round of 16 tie takes place on 19 March.

On Wednesday, Chelsea will be looking to become the first Barclays Premier League side to register a win in the last 16 of the competition this season when they face Galatasaray in Istanbul.

UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg results

Tuesday 25 February
Olympiacos 2-0 Manchester United
Zenit St Petersburg 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea and Gunners reach youth quarter-finals

Chelsea continued their winning run in the UEFA Youth League as they booked a place in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory over AC Milan at the club's Cobham training ground.

Lewis Baker scored the opening goal just before half-time from a free-kick while Jeremie Boga added a second after the break following a fine solo run.

Baker's dipping shot into the top corner on 74 minutes made it 3-0 while Alex Kiwomya scored a fourth soon afterwards. Andrea Petagna headed home a late consolation but it was not going to deny Chelsea a place in the last eight, where they will host Schalke next month.

Arsenal booked a quarter-final tie against Barcelona thanks to a 3-1 last 16 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at Boreham Wood's Meadow Park.

Jon Toral put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes after Shakhtar failed to clear Serge Gnabry's corner but the match was all square again just before the break thanks to Andriy Boryachuk's volley.

Kristoffer Olsson's 71st-minute penalty put the Gunners in front again and two minutes later, Gnabry turned in the rebound after Bogdan Sarnavskiy had saved from Chuba Akpom and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Glen Kamara was dismissed for a second yellow card but Arsenal were able to hold on for victory.

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Key Points

  • Manchester United are defeated 2-0 by Olympiacos in UEFA Champions League
  • Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell score the goals
  • Chelsea take on Galatasaray in Turkey on Wednesday night