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Late Goal Gives Olympiacos a Winning Start in Champions League

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A stoppage time goal by late substitute Ahmed Hassan gave Olympiacos a 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday.
Hassan, who came on for Giorgos Masouras in the 84th minute, headed home an inch-perfect cross by former Marseille forward Mathieu Valbuena after a dominant Olympiacos had missed a string of chances.
The Greek champion had a goal scrapped for offside after a VAR check in the 52nd minute, with Masouras sweeping in a rebound after Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda parried Valbuena’s stinging low shot.
Lazar Randjelovic hit the post for Olympiacos in the 69th minute before the outstanding Mandanda palmed away a Valbuena volley from close range.
When the game seemed to be heading for a goalless stalemate, Hassan stepped up and beat Mandanda with an unstoppable downward header into the bottom left corner to give the Greek side a well-deserved win.