United beats Olympiakos to reach Champions QF

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 6:26 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United still has a chance to win a trophy in David Moyes' tumult-filled first season as Alex Ferguson's successor.

Robin van Persie scored a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday night that advanced United into the Champions League quarterfinals on 3-2 aggregate.

"I don't want to come out here and say this is the moment," Moyes said, "but at the same time I really hope it is. We know it is a work in progress and it is going to take time to get things the way we want it."

Borussia Dortmund, defeated by German rival Bayern Munich in last year's final, lost 2-1 at home to Zenit St. Petersburg in the night's other match but advanced on 5-4 aggregate.

Van Persie converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute, side-footed in his second goal in first-half injury time and curled a free kick past goalkeeper Roberto in the 51st. Van Persie was carried off on a stretcher in the final minutes at Old Trafford after hurting his left leg in a challenge. He seemed to be in pain, holding his face and slamming the ground with his hand.

United earned the penalty kick when van Persie received Ryan Giggs' cross-field pass and crumbled when hit in the back by Jose Holebas. Giggs sparked the second goal when he floated a pass to Wayne Rooney, who crossed for Van Persie to finish. Roberto appeared to be screened by his defensive wall when van Persie curved in the free kick for fourth Champions League goal this season and 14th overall.

Continue reading this story on the...