Europa League - Qualifying Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Burnley 1-1 Olympiakos (2-4 on agg)

Burnley v Olympiakos
Four of the last five English sides to take part in Europa League qualification have failed to reach the main stage of the tournament (also West Ham in 16-17 & 15-16, and Southampton in 15-16)

Burnley rediscovered their identity despite crashing out of the Europa League, says manager Sean Dyche.

The Clarets failed to make it through to Friday's group stage draw after wasting a string of chances in their play-off round second leg against Olympiakos at Turf Moor.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Greece, Sam Vokes spurned two great goalscoring opportunities before hitting the post, while Ashley Barnes and 18-year-old Dwight McNeil also went close.

The hosts were punished when Daniel Podence fired into the roof of the net after a counter-attack before substitute Matej Vydra scrambled an equaliser.

However, Burnley lost on 4-2 on aggregate and, after securing a return to European football for the first time in 51 years, are out after just 36 days and six games.

Dyche, who has seen his side make a stuttering start to the Premier League season, preferred to concentrate on the positives afterwards and insisted the club would learn from the experience.

"That performance was back to where we belong, it's back to everything we are about," he added.

"I wanted our team to get back to their identify and I felt that was clearly on show from the first whistle to the last.

"We mixed our play well, we created chances, there was energy - all the things you want from a performance.

"The result doesn't get us through but it could have easily have turned our way."

Clarets pay for first leg defeat

Burnley will be kicking themselves they will not be joining Arsenal, Chelsea, Rangers and Celtic in the group stage draw.

It was a case of so close yet so far as they created enough chances to turn the tie on its head inside the opening 45 minutes alone.

After the full-time whistle, Dyche applauded home fans who had encouraged their team throughout the tie, while Olympiakos' players celebrated in front of their small band of travelling supporters.

Burnley dominated from start to finish but it was not to be.

Vokes was unfortunate to see his curling attempt rebound off a post early in the second half having earlier missed two golden opportunities.

He headed agonisingly wide after a super cross from the impressive McNeil, making his first competitive start, before putting a header from point-blank range over the bar.

Barnes saw a deflected first-time shot roll wide while McNeil, who was brought up in Manchester United's youth academy, forced a one-handed save from Andreas Gianniotis.

Olympiakos used their vast European experience to progress, Podence's away goal seven minutes from time making it 4-1 on aggregate to end Burnley's realistic hopes of going through.

Czech Republic forward Vydra did manage to mark his first appearance since signing from Derby with a goal after a scramble inside the Olympiakos penalty area.

However, the goal came too late to prove significant.

Dyche's side had overcome Aberdeen and Istanbul Basaksehir to reach the play-off round but their European adventure is over and Burnley are left to focus on the Premier League, where they are yet to win and host Manchester United (16:00 BST) on Sunday.

"The whole club will learn from this experience," added Dyche. "It bodes well for the future but we have got to use it wisely because we want these players to continue growing and we want to get stronger as the season progresses."

Why McNeil impressed - the stats

  • Dwight McNeil created more chances than other Burnley player against Olympiakos (four), on what was his first senior start aged 18 years and 281 days.
  • Excluding own goals, seven different players have already found the net for Burnley in all competitions this season (10 goals). The 40 goals they scored in 2017-18 were spread across just 11 players.
  • Olympiakos have now successfully qualified for the main tournament on each of their last two attempts (also 16-17), failing only in 2010-11.
  • Olympiakos midfielder Kostas Fortounis was directly involved in all four of Olympiakos' goals over the two legs, scoring twice and assisting once in Greece, before setting up Daniel Podence's opener at Turf Moor.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 79mins
  • 28Long
  • 6MeeBooked at 87mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 25LennonSubstituted forCorkat 75'minutes
  • 18WestwoodBooked at 63mins
  • 13Hendrick
  • 31McNeilSubstituted forWoodat 75'minutes
  • 9Vokes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 50minsSubstituted forVydraat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 4Cork
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 11Wood
  • 20Hart
  • 23Ward
  • 27Vydra

Olympiakos

  • 22GianniotisBooked at 78mins
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 25Miranda
  • 26Vukovic
  • 21TsimikasBooked at 67mins
  • 4Camara
  • 5BouchalakisBooked at 87mins
  • 11Christodoulopoulos
  • 7FortounisSubstituted forTorosidisat 88'minutes
  • 56Castelo PodenceSubstituted forCisséat 90+4'minutes
  • 9GuerreroSubstituted forHassan Mahgoubat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Choutesiotis
  • 6Natcho
  • 10Fetfatzidis
  • 17Ansarifard
  • 18Hassan Mahgoub
  • 35Torosidis
  • 66Cissé
Referee:
Viktor Kassai
Attendance:
15,234

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamOlympiakos
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 30th August 2018

  • FC UfaFC Ufa1RangersRangers1
  • BurnleyBurnley1OlympiakosOlympiakos1
  • CelticCeltic3SuduvaSuduva0
  • FC AstanaFC Astana1Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia0
    FC Astana win 2-1 on penalties
  • AEK LarnacaAEK Larnaca3AS TrencínAS Trencín0
  • FC CopenhagenFC Copenhagen0AtalantaAtalanta0
    FC Copenhagen win 4-3 on penalties
  • RB LeipzigRB Leipzig3Zorya LuhanskZorya Luhansk2
  • Apollon LimassolApollon Limassol1FC BaselFC Basel0
    Apollon Limassol win on away goals
  • CFR ClujCFR Cluj2F91 DudelangeF91 Dudelange3
  • FK QarabagFK Qarabag3Sheriff TiraspolSheriff Tiraspol0
  • LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad4Torpedo KutaisiTorpedo Kutaisi0
  • Maccabi Tel-AvivMaccabi Tel-Aviv2Sarpsborg 08Sarpsborg 081

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6321106411
2FC Astana6312107310
3Slavia Prague62226608
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv611418-74

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6411159613
2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
3Young Boys613278-16
4Skenderbeu6123610-45

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga631298110
2Ludogorets62317529
3Istanbul Basaksehir622278-18
4Hoffenheim6123810-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan6321136711
2AEK Athens61506518
3HNK Rijeka62131112-17
4Austria Vienna6123916-75

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta64201441014
2Lyon6321114711
3Everton6114715-84
4Apollon Limassol6033514-93

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow632194511
2FC Copenhagen62317349
3Sheriff Tiraspol62314409
4Zlín6024110-92

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen6402138512
2Steaua Bucharest631297210
3Lugano6303911-29
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva6114510-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64111441013
2Red Star Belgrade62313219
3Köln620478-16
4BATE Borisov6123616-105

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg633071612
2Marseille62224408
3Konyaspor613246-26
4Vitória Guimarães612359-45

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao632185311
2Östersunds FK632184411
3Zorya Luhansk620439-66
4Hertha Berlin612367-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6411127513
2Nice630312759
3SV Zulte Waregem6213813-57
4Vitesse6123510-55

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg65101751216
2Real Sociedad64021661012
3Rosenborg6123611-55
4Vardar6015320-171
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