Olympiakos travels to France, still looking for that elusive away win

Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus traveled to France yesterday still looking for their first away win in their fifth season of Champions League soccer. They came within seconds of getting it last week against Deportivo Coruna in Spain but substitute Juan Carlos Valeron equalized for the hosts with almost the last kick of the game. I think after the 2-2 with Deportivo, Lille will have a lot more respect for us, coach Takis Lemonis said prior to setting off for today’s Group G game. The match will be French international Christian Karembeu’s first chance to impress on home soil for his new team after his 3-million-pound ($4.40 million) summer move from Middlesbrough. We showed in Spain that we can get what we want even when we’re not playing at home, the 30-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder said. Olympiakos have been a constant presence in the Champions League over the last five seasons but have managed to win only two points on their travels while remaining unbeaten in Athens. We have players missing but we are a good unit and we can do it, said Karembeu. We can overcome the problems we have and get a positive result. Lille also suffered a last-minute disappointment last week when David Beckham scored to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford. (Reuters)

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