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Thursday 8 December 2016

Arsenal face Champions League elimination after second defeat

Arsenal and Chelsea in Champions League crash

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) dejected during the UEFA Champions League, Group F match at The Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (left) dejected during the UEFA Champions League, Group F match at The Emirates Stadium

Arsenal's Champions League hopes were left dangling by a thread last night after they lost an astonishing clash 3-2 to Olympiakos, who won a competitive European match in England for the first time in 50 years.

After losing their opening game to Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago, Arsenal are bottom of Group F, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who they have to play twice.

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Olympiakos, whose 12 previous visits to England all ended in defeat, went ahead when Felipe Pardo's 32nd minute shot took a deflection off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and flew past goalkeeper David Ospina.

Arsenal were level three minutes later when Theo Walcott scored, but Olympiakos went 2-1 up when Ospina mishandled a corner and dropped the ball over his line.

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Alexis Sanchez equalised for the hosts with a neat header in the 65th minute but 60 seconds later Icelandic substitute Alfred Finnbogason put Olympiakos ahead again and they held on to seal a famous victory at The Emirates.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho's return to former club Porto ended in a 2-1 defeat as Chelsea's miserable start to the season continued.

Chelsea lost to Porto on Mourinho's first return in 2004-05 and history repeated itself at Estadio do Dragao as Andre Andre and Maicon scored either side of Willian's free-kick in the Group G clash.

Eden Hazard dropped to the bench alongside captain John Terry and Nemanja Matic as Mourinho proved there were no untouchables in his squad.

However, Mourinho's words did not have the desired effect as Chelsea looked vulnerable throughout.

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