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Nedved inspires Juve comeback

Published: Tuesday 30 September 2003, 22.05CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-2 Juventus FC Two spectacular Pavel Nedved strikes turn the match.

Match statistics

OlympiacosJuventus

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed16
 
28
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 30 September 2003, 22.05CET

Nedved inspires Juve comeback

Olympiacos CFP 1-2 Juventus FC Two spectacular Pavel Nedved strikes turn the match.

By Paris Ayiomamatis in Athens

Juventus FC confirmed their status as UEFA Champions League contenders in Athens as they came from behind to earn a 2-1 win at Greek title-holders Olympiacos CFP.

Influential Nedved
It was Pavel Nedved, so influential in helping Juventus reach last season's final - only to miss out in Manchester through suspension - who was the main man again as he scored both the Italian champions' goals after they fell behind to a strike from Ieroklis Stoltidis.

Castillo selection
Home coach Oleh Protasov fielded an attacking lineup, surprisingly opting for 19-year-old midfield player Nery Alberto Castillo and leaving influential international Giorgios Georgiadis on the bench. His gamble paid off as Olympiacos dominated the first half with a wave of attacks that unsettled the Juventus defence.

First chance
Olympiacos had the first chance of the match in the fifth minute when a Stylianos Venetidis shot from outside the penalty area was blocked by Gianluigi Buffon. A minute later Giovanni was brought down on the edge of the area, but Predrag Djordjevic's resulting free-kick was blocked.
  
Olympiacos ahead
Marshalled by the excellent Christian Karembeu in midfield, the home team always looked the more dangerous side. And they deservedly went in front when Stoltidis connected with a Karembeu cross to head the ball past Buffon.
 
Juve draw level
After the goal Olympiacos kept up the pressure. The Piraeus team almost made it 2-0 five minutes later but Castillo failed to push the ball past Buffon after a Dimitrios Mavrogenidis cross. But just when Juventus were struggling to make an impact, Czech Republic international Nedved struck with a blistering free-kick to level the scores on 21 minutes. It was Juve's first real chance of the half.

Home side keep attacking
However, the goal did not sap Olympiacos's attacking game, led by the elusive Castillo. Olympiacos persevered and came close again on 25 minutes, but debutant defender Anastasios Pantos's shot from the edge of the penalty box failed to trouble Buffon.

More chances
Pantos found space again in the 35th minute, but his shot from inside the area was deflected. Olympiacos nearly regained the lead on the stroke of half-time but Karembeu could not turn in a swerving free-kick from Djordjevic.

Attacking drive
The interval did not blunt Olympiacos's attacking drive and Juve were saved a minute into the second half by Buffon’s left post, which was struck by Djordevic's low drive. Nedved responded a minute later but there was nobody to latch on to his cross in the Olympiacos box. Olympiacos were irresistible, pushing forward under the leadership of their Serbo-Montenegrin captain Djordjevic, who shot just wide on 52 minutes.

Crucial substitution
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi responded after 55 minutes, sending on forward Fabrizzio Miccoli to replace the rather quiet Marco Di Vaio. Lippi’s move worked to perfection for the Italian visitors, who began to nudge the action into the Olympiacos half. Protasov reacted in the 65th minute by replacing Mavrogenidis and Giovanni with midfield players Takis Gonias and Georgiadis, but the match was slipping from his side's grasp.

Magnificent winner
Juventus were now the team on the advance and 12 minutes from the end, Nedved produced the winner with a magnificent swerving effort from outside the area that underlined his status as one of Europe's most exciting talents - and his team's rating as world-class.

Last updated: 01/10/03 10.24CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

juventus

Juventus

22
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
3
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi (C)
5
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
4
MonteroPaolo Montero
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Goal11
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Goal21
Goal79
Substitution89
7
CastilloNery Castillo
Yellow Card40
Substitution75
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
10
GiovanniGiovanni
Substitution66
18
AppiahStephen Appiah
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
Substitution66
20
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
Substitution56
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
19
KostoulasThanasis Kostoulas
23
LegrottaglieNicola Legrottaglie
30
PantosTasos Pantos
26
DavidsEdgar Davids
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

16
BucekJuraj Bucek (GK)
12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
2
FerraraCiro Ferrara
4
NiniadisAndreas Niniadis
13
IulianoMark Iuliano
8
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution66
9
MiccoliFabrizio Miccoli
Substitution56
Yellow Card85
20
GoniasPanagiotis Gonias
Substitution66
Yellow Card70
14
MarescaEnzo Maresca
23
TatsisAlexandros Tatsis
Substitution75
15
BirindelliAlessandro Birindelli
Substitution89
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta

Coach

Plarent Kotherja (ALB) Marcello Lippi (ITA)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Bruno Faye (FRA), Daniel Bequignat (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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