Mar 19, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Man UtdManchester United
3-0
Olympiacos
van Persie (25' pen., 45', 52')
Carrick (10'), Evra (61'), Ferdinand (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Manolas (5'), Dominguez (9'), Salino (62'), Marcano (90')

Result: Robin van Persie hat-trick sends Manchester United through

Robin van Persie scores a hat-trick to give Manchester United a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiacos in the Champions League.

Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick to lead Manchester United to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Olympiacos in the Champions League this evening.

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second round match against Olympiacos on March 19, 2014© Getty Images

Wayne Rooney struck the post inside the opening 20 minutes as the home side looked to get back into the match, having lost the first leg 2-0 in Athens.

However, David Moyes's team were able to edge ahead on the night when Van Persie was brought down by Jose Holebas, setting the Dutch international up for a goal from the spot.

David de Gea pulled off a double save to keep the hosts ahead towards the end of the first half, parrying a David Fuster header before denying Alejandro Dominguez.

Van Persie was able to get United back on level terms on aggregate just before half time, calmly slotting in from a Rooney cross.

The striker completed his hat-trick shortly after the restart, curling the ball past Roberto Gago with a free kick from just outside the box, leaving the Olympiacos keeper rooted to the spot.

Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores the opening goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second round match against Olympiacos on March 19, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors almost got one back just a few minutes later as a Dominguez strike deflected off the United goalscorer, but drifted just wide.

De Gea had to remain alert for United, as Holebas unleashed a powerful strike, knowing that an away goal would be valuable for the Greek champions, but he could not get the better of the Spanish keeper.

The visitors continued to press hard as they sought to get back on level terms on aggregate, but De Gea continued to frustrate Dominguez, while Phil Jones turned a dangerous ball into the box behind for a late corner.

Rooney had a chance to put the result beyond doubt late on, but his powerful strike from the edge of the box went just wide.

Van Persie was forced to exit the game early after sustaining a leg injury late on, and had to leave the pitch on the stretcher.

Patrice Evra will miss the first leg of the quarter-final, after receiving a yellow card in the second half.

Share this article now:
Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on January 28, 2014
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Van Persie brace cancels out first-leg deficit
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City34293298257390
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal341761166462057
7Burnley351411103532353
8Everton35129144054-1445
9Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle34118153543-841
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham34811154263-2135
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3489172751-2433
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke35611183265-3329
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand