Panathinaikos manager hit in the face with Coke by rival fans

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Tensions reached an all-time high in Greece’s premier football rivalry as Panathinaikos dashed Olympiakos’ dream of becoming only the second team to win the Greek league undefeated. (Panathinaikos were the first to do so). The visitors’ 3-0 victory in what is dubbed the “Derby of the Eternal Enemies” ended Olympiakos’ 27-game unbeaten run, but was marred by chaos during and after the match.

In the second half, with the game well in hand for the visitors, Olympiakos fans grew more restless by the second. With riot police entering the grounds, the home supporters began chucking objects down onto the pitch, including a full cup of Coca-Cola that hit Panathinaikos manager Yannis Anastasiou in the face:

Hey, at least it wasn’t Pepsi.

Anastasiou wasn’t seriously hurt, but after the match Olympiakos fans continued to take their frustration out on the police outside the grounds. According to AFP, a total of eleven arrests were made.

In a separate incident, Olympiakos striker Michael Olaitan collapsed on the pitch without contact due to what doctors later deemed viral myocarditis. Olaitan was transported to a nearby hospital and is now in stable condition.

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Man City, Arsenal get tough Champions League round of 16 tests


The road to Lisbon just got a lot harder for two Premier League giants.

Manchester City have been drawn against Barcelona, while Arsenal will face Bayern Munich following the draw for the Champions League round of 16 on Monday.

Arsenal, the Premier League leaders despite their heavy defeat to Manchester City over the weekend, were beaten by Bayern Munich at the same stage last year, paying the price for their group stage defeat at Napoli which relegated them to runners-up in their group.

Here’s the full draw:

  • Manchester City vs. Barcelona
  • Olympiakos vs. Manchester United
  • AC Milan vs. Atletico Madrid
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Paris Saint-Germain
  • Galatasaray vs. Chelsea
  • Schalke vs. Real Madrid
  • Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Borussia Dortmund
  • Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich

Visit FOXSoccer.com for more news and updates regarding Monday’s Champions League draw.

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Greek striker attracts interest in Europe

Kostas Mitroglou is causing a stir in the Greek league and his eye for goal has not gone unnoticed by some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Mitroglou has scored 14 goals in as many games for Olympiakos which has prompted interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. We’ve also got the latest on Gareth Bale and Wilfried Zaha. Just click here for more.


Take your pick: Champions League goal of the day

Hegeler belts beautiful free kick

Mitroglou stripes sensational shot to notch hat trick

Bulut tucks in late goal in thriller

My, what an eventful day in the Champions League. Plenty of goals to go around, but we’ve picked out what we believe are the best three. Which goal is the best of the best, though? That’s for you to decide.

Is it Jens Hegeler’s wonderfully stroked free-kick curler to give Bayer Leverkusen all three points in the closing seconds against Real Sociedad?

Perhaps it’s Olympiakos forward Kostas Mitroglou long-range bullet to seal his hat trick, and the win, against Anderlecht?

Or does Umut Bulut’s equalizer for Galatasaray vs. Juventus to claw out a draw steal the show?

Choose for yourselves!