The Bianconeri’s next Champions League opponents come twice from behind to beat Ergotelis 3-2. Malmo slip to defeat against Elfsborg, Atletico victorious over Espanyol
The Bianconeri’s upcoming Champions League opponents Olympiacos warmed up for Wednesday night’s affair in Greece by registering a thrilling last-gasp 3-2 away win over Ergotelis on Saturday evening.
An end-to-end affair throughout, the breakthrough eventually came when Mohamed Youssouf shot the hosts in front two minutes before the interval, only for Konstantinos Mitroglou to restore parity on the stroke of half-time.
Ergotelis regained their lead ten minutes into the restart through Angelos Chandi, but another swift reply, this time from Alejandro Dominguez, set up a show stopping finish.
And just as it looked like both sides would settle for what would have been a fair share of the spoils on balance, Mitroglou popped up with his second on 90 minutes to lift Olympiacos up into third, two points off leaders Veria.
In Sweden, Elfsborg upset Malmo’s title celebrations by running out 2-1 winners at the Swedbank Stadion.
It all looked to be going swimmingly for the hosts after Markus Rosenburg shot them in front with just one minute played, but the away side turned the game on its head through Johan Larsson’s second-half double.
On Sunday, goals in each half from former Bianconeri midfielder Tiago and Mario Suarez helped Atletico Madrid to a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Espanyol at the Vicente Calderon.
The win keeps Diego Simone’s men in fifth place in La Liga, five points adrift of current table toppers Barcelona.