Olympiakos did not do itself any justice, leaving Brussels with a 1-0 loss by Anderlecht to mount next week in Piraeus in order to make the last 16 of the Europa League.
For most of the game in Belgium on Thursday Olympiakos had control of the flow and it appeared that sooner or later the Reds would make their supremacy count.
It was just nine minutes into the game when Brown Ideye had the Greeks’ biggest chance in the match as his effort ended up at the woodwork. Anderlecht had its own chances but Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto responded well on four occasions.
However it was the Spaniard’s error halfway into the second half that gifted Anderlecht its only goal: He failed to handle properly a corner kick and Kara Mbodji made no mistake in front of an open goal to become the hero for the Belgians.
In the rest of the game Olympiakos appeared affected by the goal it had conceded, Anderlecht sat back to hold on to the result, and it was the hosts who celebrated after the 90 minutes.
“That was an unlucky night for us, the result does not reflect our picture in the game,” commented Olympiakos manager Marco Silva.