Denmark World Cup winger DENNIS ROMMEDAHL (24) is greeted by Greek substitute striker KOSTAS MITROGLU (22) and Italian midfielder ENZO MARESCA (25) after firing home the go-ahead goal for his new club, FC Olympiakos Piraeus, against FC Maccabi Tel Aviv in UEFA Europa League action. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
third round qualifying, first leg
2 – FC Olympiakos Piraeus (GRE) ——- Zairi 67′, Rommedahl 73′
1 – FC Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) ———— Medunjanin pen 18′
It all came apart for the visitors shortly after Cameroon international midfielder ALBERT BANING, a fresh face from Racing Club Strasbourg in France, was shown as second yellow card in the 60th minute at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, a suburb of Athens, Greece.
Bosnia international midfielder HARIS MEDUNJANIN, the recent signing from Spanish club Real Valladolid, had scored his third UEFA Europa League goal in as many matches this summer to give FC MACCABI TEL AVIV the lead from the spot within the opening twenty minutes.
But, Morocco international midfielder JAOUAD ZAIRI, an early second half substitute, and Denmark World Cup winger DENNIS ROMMEDAHL scored goals for FC OLYMPIAKOS PIRAEUS roughly five minutes apart shortly after the banishment of Baning to give the home side the first leg of the UEFA Europa League third round qualifying tie.
The 32-year-old veteran Rommedahl, a free transfer this summer from Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands who now stands on 99 caps (17 goals) for Denmark, is a match-winner on his debut for Olympiakos then.
FC OLYMPIAKOS PIRAEUS : Nikopolidis ; Holebas, Modesto, Mellberg, Galitsios ; Maresca, Dudu, Rommedahl (Ibagaza 82′) ; Diogo, Mirallas (Zairi 52′), Derbyshire (Mitroglu 58′)
FC MACCABI TEL AVIV : Strauber ; Ziv, Strool, Nivaldo, Saban ; Baning, Sidibe, Medunjanin (Buzaglo 82′), Gafney ; Colautti (Yeini 62′), Itzhaki (Avidor 72′)