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Olympiacos to meet Fiorentina in Europa Conference League final as Aston Villa crash out

Olympiacos fans

Olympiacos will face Fiorentina in this season’s Europa Conference League final on 29 May.

Aston Villa fell short of reaching their first continental final since lifting the European Cup in 1982 following a 6-2 aggregate defeat to Olympiacos in the semi-finals.

Olympiacos are now the first Greek team to reach a major European final in even longer, 53 years after Panathinaikos were European Cup runners-up to Ajax in 1971.

Unai Emery’s side, almost certain of qualifying for next season’s Champions League by virtue of their outstanding Premier League campaign, lost Thursday night’s second leg at the impressive Karaiskakis Stadium in the Athenian port of Piraeus. But the damage had already been done when Olympiacos secured a surprise 4-2 victory in the first leg in Birmingham a week earlier.

Villa had trailed 2-0 at home, before goals from Ollie Watkins and Moussa Diaby levelled things up, only for Olympiacos to then score twice more before the first leg was over.

Olympiacos went further ahead on aggregate early in the second leg through Ayoub El Kaabi and, despite considerable Villa pressure thereafter, went on to see it out. The Moroccan striker eventually put the tie even further out of reach with a second of the game towards the end.

Source – Olympiacos to meet Fiorentina in Europa Conference League final as Aston Villa crash out (90min.com)