'We have been Merkozyed.' Greek press as Marseille win
Greek dailies on Wednesday slammed what they dubbed a Franco-German backroom stitch-up, similar to the Berlin-Paris eurozone powerplay, for helping Marseille reach the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Olympiakos.
"Merkozyed in football," thundered Goal News, using a jibe that has come to describe efforts by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to lay down the law to bailed-out Greece and the struggling eurozone.
On the way out at 2-1 down, Marseille scored two very late goals in two minutes at Borussia Dortmund to win 3-2 and qualify for knockout phase of the Champions League.
The result meant that top Greek side Olympiakos Piraeus went out despite beating Arsenal 3-1.
"Despicable," was the judgment of Sport Day daily.
"The Franco-German axis goes into operation again, this time to send Olympiakos into the Europa League," it said.
"We played really well in the first half and did everything right. We weren't rushed but our opponents worked us out," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.
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