Postecoglou’s Victory lose to Olympiakos
New Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou’s reign has started forgetably, as Greek heavyweights Olympiakos cruised to a 4-1 win at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
Socceroo Archie Thompson was the home side’s lone scorer, from a first-half penalty, in the exhibition match.
It was Postecoglou’s first game since leading Brisbane Roar to a second straight A-League championship in April, four days before being confirmed as the Victory’s new boss.
Boasting five Greek internationals tuning up for the upcoming Euro 2012, along with Swedish international Olef Mellberg, Olympiakos were way too classy for a depleted A-League outfit.
The Victory fielded a mostly youthful squad, having recently cut the likes of Carlos Hernandez, Grant Brebner and Ante Covic, while skipper Adrian Leijer, star Harry Kewell and goalkeeper Tando Velaphi were all missing.
The inexperienced Lawrence Thomas, in goal, faced an unenviable task early, as the talented visitors treated the Victory defence with contempt.
Olympiakos scored three goals in the first 25 minutes, to David Fuster and Ioannis Fetfaztidis, along with a Petar Franjic own goal.
The lead could have been much greater, three shots missing narrowly and the visitors victims of a doubtful offside call, all within the first 10 minutes.
The attacking showcase delighted the many Olympiakos fans among the 16,879 spectators.
Thompson salvaged some Victory pride from the spot in the 29th minute, having been brought down after a nice through-ball from veteran strike partner Danny Allsopp.
Some threatening runs from Thompson, auditioning for a Socceroos berth in June’s World Cup qualifiers, were among the few Victory highlights, although fleet-footed ex-Gold Coast signing Adama Traore had the odd nice moment.
Olympiakos eased up, making eight second-half substitutions, with Fuster chipping in his second in the dying minutes.© AAP 2013
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