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Olympiakos 3-1 Burnley: Clarets trail in Europa League play-off

Olympiakos 3-1 Burnley: Clarets trail in Europa League play-off

Ben Gibson's sending-off meant Burnley had to play over half an hour with 10 men in AthensBurnley need a big comeback in the second leg of their Europa League play-off after they were beaten 3-1 by Olympiakos and had a man sent off on a disappointing night in Athens.Ben Gibson received a second yellow card for handball after an hour, Kostas Fortounis scoring the penalty.Fortounis had given Olympiakos the lead in the first half before setting up Andreas Bouchalakis after the break.
Chris Wood had scored a first-half penalty to bring Burnley level at 1-1.But Bouchalakis' glancing header three minutes after the restart halted Burnley's comeback. And Olympiakos captain Fortounis, a threat all evening, forced a save out of returning goalkeeper Tom Heaton before slotting in his second goal to leave Burnley a formidable task in the second leg at Turf Moor next Thursday (19:45 BST).Sam Vokes thought he had grabbed a late goal for Burnley but it was ruled out for offside after he had poked in from two yards.Burnley, who went into the game unbeaten in their previous four qualifying games under manager Sean Dyche, have not been in European competition since 1966-67.They beat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir and Scottish Premiership runners-up Aberdeen in extra time to set up the tie with Olympiakos.Burnley wore all black, including armbands, in memory of former Northern Ireland forward Jimmy McIlroy who died aged 86 on Monday.
European football taking its toll
Clarets boss Sean Dyche made six changes in Athens but heavy rotation has done little to aid Burnley's balance of European football and the start of the Premier League season.Long midweek journeys to Aberdeen, Istanbul and Athens have coincided with a failure to pick up a league win.A goalless draw with Southampton came three days after their return from Turkey and they seemed to pay the price for their extra-time victory at Turf Moor the following week with a home defeat by Watford.They will be on the road again on Sunday when they head to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham (16:00 BST) - after playing over half an hour with 10 men in Greece.Dyche clearly had one eye on that game too - taking off key players Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson after Olympiakos had put the game to bed. And now the Clarets will have to produce an impressive turnaround at Turf Moor next week - just three days before hosting Premier League runners-up Manchester United.
Formidable hosts - the best of the stats
Burnley have conceded six goals in total in their past two games in all competitions, after shipping just four in the six before that.
On home soil, Olympiakos have a 100% record in Uefa Cup/Europa League qualifying, winning their six games by an aggregate score of 18-4.
Fortounis' opener ended a run of 321 minutes without a goal conceded by Burnley in Europe this season.
Burnley conceded a direct free-kick goal for the first time in any competition since 10 September, 2016 against Hull City in the Premier League.
Wood has netted three goals in his past six starts for Burnley in all competitions, as many as in his previous 14 for the club.
Burnley both scored and conceded a goal from a penalty in the same game for the first time since September 2017 against Leeds United in the League Cup.
The Clarets scored with their only shot on target in the game.
Line-ups
Match Stats
Line-ups
Olympiakos
22Gianniotis
14Elabdellaoui
25Miranda
26Vukovic
21Tsimikas
4Camara
5BouchalakisBooked at 32mins[/i]
11ChristodoulopoulosBooked at 44mins[/i]Substituted forAnsarifardat 84'minutes
7FortounisSubstituted forFetfatzidisat 89'minutes
56Castelo Podence
9Guerrero
Substitutes
1Choutesiotis
6Natcho
10Fetfatzidis
17Ansarifard
19Vrousai
35Torosidis
66Cisse
Burnley
1Heaton
26Bardsley
28LongBooked at 47mins[/i]
14GibsonBooked at 59mins[/i]
23WardSubstituted forLennonat 66'minutes
7Berg GudmundssonBooked at 45mins[/i]Substituted forVokesat 76'minutes
13Hendrick
4Cork
3TaylorBooked at 75mins[/i]
10Barnes
11WoodSubstituted forTarkowskiat 62'minutes
Substitutes
2Lowton
5Tarkowski
9Vokes
18Westwood
20Hart
25Lennon
27Vydra
Referee:Slavko Vincic
Match Stats
Home TeamOlympiakosAway TeamBurnleyPossessionHome68%Away32%ShotsHome17Away3Shots on TargetHome6Away1CornersHome7Away2FoulsHome15Away18
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