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Olympiacos's Champions League tune-up cancelled due to violent supporter behavior

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The defending Greek champions lose a domestic fixture before an important Champions League clash with Bayern.

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Olympiacos are due to challenge Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, trying to snatch away the top spot in Group F from the German champions. It was supposed to follow a highly anticipated Athens derby against Panathinaikos, but the match was cancelled before it even took place.

Match officials elected to postpone the match after a flare fell at the feet of Olympiacos striker Alfred Finnbogason. Referee Andreas Pappas did not make the final decision until an hour after kickoff was supposed to occur, and his decision sparked a pitch invasion in the Apostles Nikolaidis.

The ultimate result could be an automatic 3-0 victory for Olympiacos, essentially the result of a forfeit. Though such a result would favor Olympiacos in their title defense, the loss of a fixture after an international break could hamper their prospects of coming out of Munich with a result they need.

Olympiacos had won all of their first ten matches in he Greek Super League going into the match, establishing an eight-point cushion over local rivals Panathinaikos. In fact, the only loss Olympiacos have collected was against Bayern in matchday one of the Champions League group stage.