Olympiacos Makes History: Clinches Conference League Title!

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Olympiacos etched their names in Greek football history, becoming the first-ever Greek team to lift a European trophy. A dramatic 1-0 win after extra time against Fiorentina in the Conference League final saw them emerge victorious thanks to a late goal from Ayoub El Kaabi in the 115th minute.

The final was a tight affair, with Fiorentina initially dictating the pace. They threatened the Olympiacos defense with good ball movement and possession, but resolute defending and a couple of crucial saves from goalkeeper Tzolakis kept the Greeks in the game.

Despite a slow start offensively, Olympiacos gradually grew into the game. Coach Medilibar introduced fresh legs in the second half, bringing on Jovetic and Orta, who added impetus to their attack. Olympiacos came close to scoring on several occasions, including a disallowed header from Ibora in the 80th minute.

With the score locked at 0-0 after regular time, the game went into extra time. The tension mounted, but Olympiacos remained focused and their persistence paid off. In the 115th minute, El Kaabi rose to the occasion, heading home a crucial goal to send the Olympiacos faithful into a frenzy. Fiorentina desperately chased an equaliser, but their efforts were in vain, and Olympiacos celebrated a historic victory.

This win marks a monumental achievement for Greek football. Olympiacos' triumph unites the nation in pride and represents the culmination of hard work and dedication from the players, coach, and entire club.

  • Ayoub El Kaabi: The hero of the night, scoring the winning goal in extra time.
  • Giorgos Tzolakis: Made crucial saves throughout the game, keeping Olympiacos in the match.
  • Marko Livaja: Though not mentioned in the provided excerpt, Livaja's overall contribution throughout the tournament deserves recognition.

The streets of Piraeus are sure to be awash with red and white tonight as Olympiacos revels in their historic first European title.

MATCH FACTS

OLYMPIACOS: (4-2-3-1) Tzolakis; Rodinei, Retsos, Carmo, Ortega (Quini 91); Hezze, Iborra; Daniel Podence (Masouras 107), Chiquinho (Andre Horta 78), Fortounis (Jovetic 73); El Kaabi (El Arabi 120+2)

Subs not used: Paschalakis, Alexandropoulos, Joao Carvalho, Richards, Apostolopoulos, Ndoj, Papadoudis

Goals: El Kaabi (116)

Bookings: Podence (28), Jovetic (94), Paschalakis (95), El Kaabi (117)

Coach: Jose Luis Mendilibar

FIORENTINA: (4-2-3-1) Terracciano; Dodo, Milenkovic, Martinez, Biraghi (Ranieri 106); Arthur (Duncan 74), Mandragora; Gonzalez (Beltran 106), Bonaventura (Barak 82), Kouame (Ikone 82); Belotti (Nzola 59)

Subs not used: Lopez, Infantino, Faraoni, Kayode, Christensen, Parisi

Goals: None

Bookings: Martinez Quarta (42), Kouame (79), Biraghi (99)

Coach: Vincenzo Italiano

Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)

Venue: OPAP Arena (Athens)

Attendance: 26,842

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