UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE El Kaabi Goal Hand Olympiakos & Greek Team First European Trophy

Olympiakos defeated Fiorentina 1-0 in extra time in the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday, winning the club’s first major European prize thanks to a late Ayoub El Kaabi goal.

In a match that was high in emotion and violence but poor on quality in front of goal, neither team scored in the first 90 minutes before El Kaabi scored the winner in the 116th.

With the game appearing on its way to a penalty shootout, El Kaabi surged in front of his marker to bundle in Santiago Hezze’s cross, but the players and fans had to wait for VAR to check for offside before the goal was awarded.

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The Moroccan striker scored his 11th goal in the Conference League this season, all of which came in the knockout stages.

He scored five goals over two legs as they defeated Premier League side Aston Villa in the semi-finals.

The Greek supporters at the AEK Arena roared when the ball went in, and the decibel increased again when VAR validated the goal.

Outside the stadium, thousands of Olympiakos supporters gathered in the port of Piraeus to celebrate enthusiastically after the final whistle, lighting crimson rockets and pyrotechnics.

Olympiakos became the first Greek team to win a European trophy, with Panathinaikos coming close in 1971, losing the European Cup final to Ajax Amsterdam.

Fiorentina suffered their second straight defeat in the Europa Conference League final, after reaching this season’s summit showdown undefeated.

Vincenzo Italiano’s side also lost the Coppa Italia final last season, making it three cup final defeats in two years as they continue to search for their first prize since 2001.

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