Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium - Piraeus 04/12/2012 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Group stage - Group B

Olympiacos - Arsenal
2-1
 

Olympiacos - Arsenal 2-1 - 04/12/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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Arsenal miss top spot with defeat at Olympiacos

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.00CET
Arsenal miss top spot with defeat at Olympiacos 
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Olympiacos FC defeated Arsenal FC 2-1 in Piraeus to deny the Gunners top spot in Group B and end their own UEFA Champions League campaign on a high note.

Tomáš Rosický, starting for the first time since UEFA EURO 2012, opened the scoring against the run of play. However, second-half strikes from Giannis Maniatis and substitute Kostas Mitroglou earned the Greek champions victory and forced Arsenal to settle for second in the section. An away success would have taken them through as winners because of FC Schalke 04's 1-1 draw against Montpellier Hérault SC. Leonardo Jardim's side enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Match in 5

  • Arsenal finish second, Olympiacos enter UEFA Europa League
  • Visitors take first-half lead through Rosický
  • Maniatis equalises from close range
  • Mitroglou comes off bench to score winner
  • Clubs await respective draws on 20 December

Reaction

We had an impressive first half but a careless second. It was not the result we wanted but a very encouraging game. We must do well until January now.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager

We did not make it to the last 16 but we are happy that we won tonight and we gave joy to our supporters. Now we have to focus on the Europa League which is a great competition.

Leonardo Jardim, Olympiacos coach

Leonardo Jardim, Olympiacos coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 05/12/2012 22:42 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Olympiacos
Arsenal

2

Goals scored

1

55

Possession (%)

45

15

Total attempts

7

10

Attempts on target

5

5

Attempts off target

2

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

6

Corners

2

2

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

19

16

Fouls suffered

15

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Olympiacos come out of this game victorious and will take confidence going in to the UEFA Europa League. Arsenal fielded a weakened side and consequently lost the game but will be featuring in the knockout phase of the competition in the second half of the season.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Chamakh (Arsenal) is cautioned by the referee.
    Marouane Chamakh handball's deliberately and is inevitably booked by the referee.
  • Substitution
    83
    Angha (in) - Meade (out) (Arsenal)
  • Substitution
    82
    Ibagaza (in) - Djebbour (out) (Olympiacos)
    The veteran Argentinian is sent on presumably to keep hold of the ball and close the game out.
  • Goal
    73
    Mitroglou (Olympiacos) scores!
    Kostas Mitroglou with an instant impact as he holds the ball up and uses the decoy runners beyond him to make himself some space and curl the ball into the far corner of the goal from just outside the penalty area.

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