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United beaten, Dortmund win

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

United beaten, Dortmund win

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PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) – Manchester United’s terrible season got even worse tonight when the English power lost 2-0 at Olympiakos in their second-round Champions League opener.
Alejandro Dominguez deflected Yiannis Maniatis’ shot past David de Gea in the 38th minute, and Joel Campbell caught the goalkeeper off guard with a well-placed strike in the 55th minute at Karaiskaki Stadium.
United are just sixth in the Premier League at 13 wins, eight losses and six draws, and trail Liverpool by 11 points for fourth place, the final berth in next season’s lucrative Champions League.
Winning this year’s competition might be the only route into next year’s tournament for United, which would face a major revenue loss if they fail to qualify for Europe’s top club tournament.
The second leg is in Manchester on March 19.
United had 55 per cent possession but were outshot 12-five. Wayne Rooney failed to threaten and Robin van Persie missed his team’s best chance, skying a shot over the crossbar following Chris Smalling’s cross in the 82nd minute.
Olimpiakos became the first home team to win in six second-round matches.
In the night’s other game, Robert Lewandowski scored twice and led Borussia Dortmund to a 4-2 victory at Zenit St Petersburg.
Dortmund, which lost to Bayern Munich in last year’s final, took a 2-0 lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the fourth minute and Marco Reus added a goal 70 seconds later.
Zenit, playing their first competitive game since December 11, cut the gap on Oleg Shatov’s goal in the 57th, but Lewandowski made it 3-1 four minutes later. Hulk converted a penalty kick for Zenit in the 69th and Lukasz Piszczek scored Dortmund’s final goal two minutes later.