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Olympiacos make history by beating AC Milan to be crowned UEFA Youth League Champions

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A seven-minute flurry of goals in the second half pushed Olympiacos beyond AC Milan to become the first Greek team to win a UEFA club competition.

Neither side could find a breakthrough in the first 45 despite a plethora of chances at both ends.

Just before the hour mark and following a lengthy VAR review, Olympiacos were awarded a penalty after a Milan player handled the ball in the area.

Christos Mouzakitis stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to give the Greek outfit the lead.

Within a matter of moments, Antonis Papakanellos had doubled his side’s advantage as he worked the ball down the right-hand side, firing in from a tight angle for 2-0.

Five minutes later Milan were still shellshocked, and Theofanis Bakoulas delivered a fatal blow to the Italians as he produced a stunning bicycle kick effort to put Milan out of sight.

This result will be long remembered for Olympiacos and Greek football, as they took home the silverware in the tenth edition of the UYL.

On their way to the final, they had to deal with the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan as well as defeating a resolute Nantes side in the semi-final.

Olympiacos were certainly tested, facing three penalty shootouts, triumphing in all three. As well as enjoying an unbeaten European run.

The dramatic final concludes another Youth League campaign and the focus will now shift to next year’s competition, where Europe’s elite talent will take center stage in a new format.

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