21.09.2014 19:35 - in: Champions League S

    Two draws and a victory for UCL rivals

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    Olympiacos claim top spot following a 3-0 win over Veria, while Atletico Madrid and Malmo are both held at home

    Three home games produced two draws and a victory for the Bianconeri's Group A Champions League rivals on another exciting weekend of domestic action across Europe.  

    In Greece, a comfortable 3-0 home win saw Olympiacos trade places with opponents Veria and climb to the top of the Super League on Saturday night.

    The visitors travelled to the Karaiskakis Stadium boasting a 100 per cent record but were ultimately outpowered by the league’s most prolific attack, which has now produced ten goals in the first four games.  

    Konstantinos Mitroglou put the reigning champions in front after 33 minutes, while Jorge Benitez and Pajtim Kasami safeguarded the success in the dying embers.

    Over in Madrid, Atletico saw the chance to go top of the league slip through their fingers after Celta Vigo came back to earn a 2-2 draw last night at the Vicente Calderon.

    A spectacular backheeled Pablo Hernandez goal gave the visitors a shock advantage after 19 minutes, but Diego Simone’s men got themselves back on level terms when Miranda guided Koke’s free-kick home on the half-hour mark.

    Another set piece routine enabled the hosts to take the lead shortly before the interval, with Diego Godin towering above the defence to head captain Gabi’s corner beyond Álvarez Conde.

    Celta Vigo refused to lie down, however, and saw their resilience rewarded when Nolito tucked home a penalty on 53 minutes to preserve an unbeaten start to the La Liga campaign.

    In Sweden, two late goals saw Malmo and Helsingborgs cancel each other out with a 1-1 draw at Swedbank Stadion this evening.

    Age Hareide’s thought they had nicked it at the death when Markus Rosenburg swooped to net on 85 minutes, only for Mikael Dahlberg to strike back two minutes later and claim a share of the spoils for the visitors.

    The result sees Malmo extend their lead at the top of the Allsveskan to six points, following AIK’s surprise home defeat to mid-table Halmstads.

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