ATHENS: Olympiakos Piraeus striker Ayoub El Kaabi netted twice as the Greek side cruised into a Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina thanks to a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa that gave them a 6-2 victory on aggregate.

Villa started well but El Kaabi, who got a hat-trick in the first leg, broke the deadlock in the 10th minute as Daniel Podence slid the ball down the line for fullback Quini who picked out the Moroccan at the far post for a simple finish.

The visitors dominated possession in the first half, with winger Leon Bailey coming closest to an equaliser with a blistering shot in first-half stoppage time that Konstantinos Tzolakis parried away for a corner.

The second half offered more of the same as Villa, seeking to reach a European final for the first time since 1982, continued to dominate possession but struggled to create chances as the Olympiakos defence crowded Unai Emery’s side out.

Villa’s inability to open up the defence was in stark contrast to El Kaabi, who only needed the slightest sniff of a chance against the English side to put the ball in the net.

He struck again in the 79th minute, ghosting in from the right onto a long ball from Tzolakis and slotting home his fifth goal of the two-legged tie, with the original decision to disallow the goal for offside overturned after a VAR review.

That took the wind out of Villa’s sails completely and though Ollie Watkins went close with a late looping header that was tipped over the bar for a corner, it did little to disturb the party atmosphere that had broken out in the stands.

Moments later the final whistle confirmed Olympiakos had reached a European final for the first time in their 99-year history, with the game against last year’s runners-up Fiorentina set for May 29 at the home of Greek rivals AEK Athens.

Olympiakos got past the quarter-finals of a UEFA competition for the first time this term and their appearance in a continental final is the first for a Greek club since Panathinaikos lost to Ajax Amsterdam in the 1971 European Cup.

“We lost to the better team, and I think the scoreline proves that,” Villa captain John McGinn told broadcaster TNT.

“We’re extremely disappointed for everyone involved, we wanted to be in a European final, but we’ll do whatever we can to get in this position again,” he added.

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