The UEFA Youth League doesn’t get anywhere near as much attention as its big brother despite showcasing some of the best young talents in the world.
The clash between Olympiacos and Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening was both sides’ third fixture in Group B.
As expected, the German visitors looked on course to preserve their unbeaten record in the group stage after establishing a 4-0 lead at the Proponitiko Kentro Reti in Athens.
Joshua Zirkzee opened the scoring on 35 minutes before Lasse Gunther doubled Bayern’s advantage in the early stages of the second half.
Zirkzee was at it again just six minutes after the interval, grabbing his second goal to put Martin Demichelis’ side in total control of proceedings.
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The 18-year-old Dutch striker went on to complete his hat-trick, only for the match to be halted by some of the most frightening scenes you’re ever likely to see on a football pitch.
In the 84th minute, a group of approximately 50 Olympiacos ultras stormed the pitch.
Armed with bats, the hooded thugs sought to attack defenceless opposition fans in a sickening effort to have the game abandoned.
Flares and sticks were also launched from the stands as four Bayern supporters were injured amid the chaos.
To no surprise, the referee immediately suspended the match.
You have to feel for everyone in that ground - what a terrifying situation.
Play resumed 25 minutes later, but instead of going toe-to-toe until the final whistle, players from both sides formed a rondo in the centre circle to pass away the remaining time.
According to the Daily Mail, Olympiacos could incur a penalty and/or a fine for the indiscretions of their supporters.
The two sides will meet again in the reverse fixture on November 6.News Now - Sport News