Arsenal Stadium - London 03/10/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group B

Arsenal - Olympiacos
3-1
 

Arsenal - Olympiacos 3-1 - 03/10/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Podolski fires Arsenal to Olympiacos victory

Published: Wednesday 3 October 2012, 22.00CET
Podolski fires Arsenal to Olympiacos victory 
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Arsenal FC recovered from a slow start to take control of their home meeting with Olympiacos FC and UEFA Champions League Group B.

After a disjointed opening 42 minutes a moment of individual brilliance from Gervinho put the Gunners in front, only for Kostas Mitroglou to head in the equaliser before half-time. It proved a temporary setback for the hosts, however, and the second period brought an improved performance that had its reward in goals from Lukas Podolski and substitute Aaron Ramsey.

Match in 5

  • Arsenal take two-point lead in Group B
  • Olympiacos lose 11th successive game in England
  • Gervinho continues fine form with opening goal
  • Mitroglou heads in equaliser in first-half added time
  • Podolski and Ramsey on target after break to secure win

Reaction

We were a bit sloppy in the first half but we did much better after the break when we were more cautious with the ball. Gervinho is doing great and scoring a lot of goals.

Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal defender

Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal defender

Our main objective is to get into the next round. There are still another four games remaining so we will keep going despite knowing that we are at a disadvantage now.

Leonardo Jardim, Olympiacos coach

Leonardo Jardim, Olympiacos coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Arsenal
Olympiacos

3

Goals scored

1

60

Possession (%)

40

9

Total attempts

13

6

Attempts on target

8

3

Attempts off target

5

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

7

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

19

Fouls committed

9

9

Fouls suffered

18

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey sealed a second successive Group B win for Arsenal to take them top of the table. Olympiacos must now regroup after extending their run of defeats on English soil to 11.
  • Goal
    90+4
    Ramsey (Arsenal) scores!
    The Welsh midfielder latches on to Olivier Giroud's flick and delicately chips the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to seal Arsenal's victory.
  • Substitution
    81
    Pantelić (in) - Paulo Machado (out) (Olympiacos)
  • Substitution
    80
    Ramsey (in) - Podolski (out) (Arsenal)
  • Substitution
    80
    Giroud (in) - Gervinho (out) (Arsenal)
    The scorer and assist maker departs for Olivier Giroud who is seeking his first UEFA Champions League goal.

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