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Olympiakos through as Anderlecht finish with eight men


ATHENS (Reuters) - Olympiakos forward Javier Saviola scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Anderlecht, who finished with eight men, as the hosts reached the Champions League last 16 at Benfica's expense in Group C despite missing two penalties.

The win puts Olympiakos in the knockout phase for the first time since 2010, having finished in second place level on 10 points with Benfica but with a better head-to-head record.

The Portuguese side failed to progress despite a 2-1 success over group winners Paris St Germain, who have 13 points, and drop into the Europa League. Anderlecht were last on one point.

Argentine forward Saviola opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a clinical finish but Olympiakos were punished on the counter after losing concentration when Sacha Kljestan finished off a flowing move to level for the Belgians.

Veteran Saviola, 32, had a penalty saved at the start of the second half after Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate was dismissed for collecting a second yellow card for a handball but the striker then scored from close range for his second goal.

There was late drama as Anderlecht's Fabrice N'Sakala and goalkeeper Silvio Proto, who saved twice from the penalty spot, were sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

Vladimir Weiss had also been denied by Proto before Alejandro Dominguez succeeded with the home side's third spot-kick to complete the scoring in added time.

Michel's Olympiakos team began the match on the attack with Michael Olaitan providing a threat with his direct running in the absence of injured leading scorer Kostas Mitroglou.

Paulo Machado had the first effort on target for the hosts with a curling free kick that was turned around the post by Proto.


Chances were at a premium but Olympiakos made their possession count when Saviola pounced to score.

The Argentine, who had curled a shot just wide moments earlier, latched on to David Fuster's deflected shot which fell kindly for him to bury a low drive past Proto.

Anderlecht were level six minutes later after executing a classic counter down the left following an Olympiakos corner.

It culminated in Dennis Praet's unselfish pass to American Sacha Kljestan, who slotted into an empty net from close range.

Olympiakos were presented with a golden chance to reclaim the lead when they were awarded a penalty for Kouyate's handball only for Saviola to see his weak effort saved by Proto.

Saviola made no mistake in the 58th minute though, stretching to prod Fuster's miss-hit shot into the top corner to put the Reds ahead for the second time in the match.

Substitute Weiss became the second Olympiakos player to miss from the penalty spot with 18 minutes left with the Slovakian also denied by Proto, who then showed brilliant reflexes to palm away Olaitan's goal-bound effort moments later.

N'Sakala and Proto were both sent off for late lunges, the latter resulting in a third penalty which Dominguez converted deep into added time to wrap up the victory.

(Editing by Ken Ferris and Josh Reich)

Battling City shatter Bayern air of invincibility


MUNICH (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's air of invincibility was blown away as they squandered a 2-0 lead and bungled their way to a 3-2 Champions League defeat against Manchester City in front of their own incredulous fans on Tuesday.

James Milner won a penalty and side-footed the winner in a three-minute second-half spell as City recovered impressively from an awful start to avenge their 3-1 defeat at home earlier in Group D.

Although both teams had already qualified, it was still a humbling evening for Bayern, who had won their last 11 games in all competitions, were unbeaten in their last 23, and had thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 away at the weekend.

The titleholders' record-breaking run of 10 consecutive Champions League wins was also stopped in its tracks as coach Pep Guardiola suffered only his second defeat in 25 matches since taking over.

"It was a terrible start from us. They looked like they were going to walk away with it," Milner told "To come back after that shows a lot of the character in the dressing room."

City coach Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC: "We wanted revenge for the first game and to show it was not that different between Bayern and our team."

Bayern shrugged off the defeat and still finished top of the group on their better head-to-head record after both teams finished level with 15 points.

"When you go 2-0 ahead, you have to play better than that," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm told Sky Sports Deutschland. "But we can live with the defeat, we are still group winners."

City gifted Bayern a head start by conceding two soft goals in the opening 12 minutes, yet it was last season's treble winners who ended the evening a collective nervous wreck.


With Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero starting on the bench and Yaya Toure suspended, City began in kamikaze mode when Joleon Lescott's backpass left goalkeeper Joe Hart hugely relieved to see it go out for a corner.

Bayern were in front in five minutes when Dante sent a long, raking diagonal ball out of defence and Thomas Mueller got behind his marker to chest down and place the ball beyond Hart.

The hosts were in complete control as Hart diverted a Franck Ribery shot on to the post before they scored again in the 12th minute, helped by woeful City defending at a corner.

The ball fell at the feet of Mario Mandzukic and he had time to slip it to an unmarked Mario Goetze, who scored with ease from close range.

There was finally some overdue excitement at the other end when Manuel Neuer rushed out of his penalty area, South American-style, to head clear from a City attack after 25 minutes.

If Bayern fans thought that was an isolated incident they were proved wrong, and the complexion of the game quickly changed after City pulled a goal back out of nothing in the 28th minute.

Jesus Navas crossed from the right, an unmarked Milner headed the ball back across goal at the far post, and David Silva scored from close range.

There were still some delightful touches by Bayern in attack, including a Ribery reverse pass that opened up a chance for Goetze, but the Bavarians had already lost much of their swagger by halftime.

There was still an air of disbelief in the 59th minute when Milner was tripped by Dante, going down under minimal contact, and Aleksandar Kolarov fired a low penalty to Neuer's right as the keeper went left.

Bayern barely had time to recover when central defender Jerome Boateng failed to clear a low Navas cross and Milner side-footed his shot low into the far corner.

Dante produced another slip 10 minutes from time as he allowed Alvaro Negredo to sneak in but the substitute's shot from a tight angle was saved by Neuer.

At the other end, Bayern forced a string of corners, a total of 14 in the match to City's none, but never looked like equalising.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Tony Goodson and Stephen Wood)

Top winter apps for your ski holiday


Put away the books and laptops, just whip out your phones if you want to ski!

FROM scoring cheap lift tickets to finding your friends on the mountain, here are a few of the best apps for your ski holiday.

Liftopia (Free, iOS) - This app offers discounts of up to 80% off ski lift tickets and rentals at more than 150 ski resorts around the globe, from Alaska to the Alps. For those without an iPhone, check out the website at

Waze (Free, iOS, Android) – Get to the mountain without the hassle of traffic jams with this crowdsourced mapping app that alerts users to traffic, accidents, and black ice.

Ski and Snow Report (Free, iOS, Android)

Ideal for powder lovers. App staffers analyse and post snowfall data all day long, making the figures more reliable than what the resorts themselves often claim.

iTrailMap 3D (US$4.99 - RM16.05, iOS)

This app lets you access some 750 interactive topo resort maps around the globe, download them onto your phone, and access them anywhere on the mountain, no WiFi or mobile service needed. A standard non-3D version is available for Android.

Ski Tracks (US$0.99 – RM3.19, iOS)

This app uses your phone's GPS to provide a data-filled snapshot of your day on the slopes, logging the steepest slope you rode to your maximum speed.

Find My Friends (Free, iOS, Android)

Once you and your pals download the app and agree to share your locations, this app can tell you precisely where to spot each other on the mountain. – AFP Relaxnews


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