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Olympiakos 3-1 Burnley: Olympiakos conduct angers Clarets boss Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche left scratching his head in Europa League

Burnley manager Sean Dyche felt the officials succumbed to pressure from Olympiakos players during his side's defeat in the first leg of their Europa League play-off in Athens.

The Clarets lost 3-1 in a game in which their defender Ben Gibson was sent off and both sides awarded a penalty.

Dyche criticised the home team's conduct at half-time, when it was 1-1.

"They were waiting for the referee. You all saw the feel of the game was different in the second half," he said.

"The scenes I saw at half-time from all and sundry around the referee on their side, you're left scratching your head.

"All I keep getting told is respect the officials with your conduct around the referee."

The score was level at the break, with Chris Wood's penalty - awarded after he was pushed over in the box - cancelling out a superb free-kick from home captain Kostas Fortounis.

The hosts largely dominated the second half, regaining the lead quickly through Andreas Bouchalakis' header.

Gibson received a second yellow card for handling in the box after an hour, midfielder Fortounis scoring the resulting penalty.

"I don't understand why he's booked Ben Gibson [again]," said Dyche. "The first one maybe, but the second one he's gone to block a shot and it's hit his hip, it's hit his hand. How can that be deemed deliberate handball? It's just an impossibility.

"Then he gives him the yellow card and it's probably the world record for how quickly he got it out of his pocket."

Dyche was also unhappy with the distance the referee asked his players to stand back for the free-kick that opened the scoring for the Greek side.

"The wall is a strange distance from the ball," he added.

"I feel for our fans. They've come a long way to see a balanced game and haven't seen that. Hopefully next week will be more even."

The result leaves Burnley facing a formidable task in the second leg at Turf Moor next Thursday (19:45 BST kick-off).

Sam Vokes thought he had made the second leg an easier prospect for his side with a tap-in late on, but it was ruled out for offside to compound the Clarets' miserable night.

Burnley, who went into the game unbeaten in their previous four qualifying games under manager 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.

Tom Heaton fails to prevent Olympiakos scoring
Tom Heaton returned in goal for Burnley but was unable to prevent his team conceding three times

European football taking its toll

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

Olympiakos

  • 22Gianniotis
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 25Miranda
  • 26Vukovic
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 4Camara
  • 5BouchalakisBooked at 32mins
  • 11ChristodoulopoulosBooked at 44minsSubstituted forAnsarifardat 84'minutes
  • 7FortounisSubstituted forFetfatzidisat 89'minutes
  • 56Castelo Podence
  • 9Guerrero

Substitutes

  • 1Choutesiotis
  • 6Natcho
  • 10Fetfatzidis
  • 17Ansarifard
  • 19Vrousai
  • 35Torosidis
  • 66Cissé

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28LongBooked at 47mins
  • 14GibsonBooked at 59mins
  • 23WardSubstituted forLennonat 66'minutes
  • 7Berg GudmundssonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVokesat 76'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 4Cork
  • 3TaylorBooked at 75mins
  • 10Barnes
  • 11WoodSubstituted forTarkowskiat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 9Vokes
  • 18Westwood
  • 20Hart
  • 25Lennon
  • 27Vydra
Referee:
Slavko Vincic
Attendance:
25,010

Match Stats

Home TeamOlympiakosAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away18

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B

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2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
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C

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D

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E

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G

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H

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I

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3Konyaspor613246-26
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J

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