Olympiacos, with two Argentines, claimed champion in Europe

Olympiacos, with two Argentines, claimed champion in Europe

Olympiacos of Greece, with the Argentines Francisco Ortega and Santiago Hezze as starters, beat Fiorentina of Italy 1-0, with the Argentines Nicolás González, Luca Martínez Quarta and Lucas Beltránand became champion of the Conference League 2023/24.

At the Agia Sofia stadium in Athens, the Piraeus team was playing its first international final facing the Firenze team who were the current runners-up of the competition and sought to end the 64-year streak without European titles.

The Italian team took over the nickname ‘candidate’, took center stage in the game in the first minutes and even managed to open the scoring 8 minutes into the game with the goal from the Serbian Nikola Milenkovic.

From the right, Cristiano Biraghi took a short corner kick to Giacomo Bonaventura who returned it to him and the captain of Fiorentina he put the goalpost to the first post where Milenkovic He anticipated the goalkeeper’s departure Konstantinos Tzolakis and he deflected it by inflating the net but the Portuguese referee Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Días, at the request of the VAR, annulled the Serbian’s offside goal.

As the minutes pass, Olympiacos He settled into the match and began to give parity to the game that the German team had been dominating. Vincenzo Italian but it was in extra time when the Greek team managed to break the zero on the scoreboard.

At 11 minutes into the second complementary half, the Spaniard Vicente Iborra He opened the ball to his left a few steps from the area Fiorentina and it was the Argentine Santiago Hezze who caught the ball.

The former Huracán put a good closed center at the near post so that the Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabi managed to head the ball into the small area and score the goal that will remain in the history of those from Piraeus.

With this result, Olympiacos became champion of the Conference League and it is the first international title for the Greek team that the furthest it had gone in a continental competition had been the quarterfinals in the Champions League.

The Argentines Francisco Ortega and Santiago Hezze They were part of the game on the champion team but the former Vélez was replaced at the beginning of extra time by Quini while the former Huracán played the entire match and extra time.

Of a possible nine, there were eight games he played Ortega in this Conference League while Hezze He played in all the matches and scored a goal in the first leg of the semi-final against Aston Villa of England.

For its part, Fiorentina is still unable to break the 64-year streak without becoming European champion and consummated its second consecutive final of the Conference League loss.

The Argentines Lucas Martínez Quarta, Nicolás González They were on the Italian team from the start while Lucas Beltran He entered for the second half of extra time in place of the former Argentinos Juniors.

The title goal for Olympiacos


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