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Olympiacos secure stylish success

Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET
Olympiacos CFP 3-0 Galatasaray SK The Greek champions seal an emphatic first victory in Group D.

Match statistics

OlympiacosGalatasaray

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners6
 
4
Offsides7
 
4
Fouls committed25
 
26
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 5 November 2003, 23.00CET

Olympiacos secure stylish success

Olympiacos CFP 3-0 Galatasaray SK The Greek champions seal an emphatic first victory in Group D.

By Paris Ayiomamatis at the Georgios Kamaras

Olympiacos CFP secured their first UEFA Champions League points of the season with a 3-0 Matchday 4 win against Group D rivals Galatasaray SK in Athens. First-half goals from Dimitrios Mavrogenidis and Nery Alberto Castillo had given the Greek champions a solid lead, before the impressive Giovanni rounded off the scoring in the dying moments.

Sell-out crowd
Playing before a sell-out crowd, Olympiacos made an impressive start as Giovanni broke free in the area to force a fingertip save from Galatasaray goalkeeper Faryd Móndragon after two minutes with a well-struck shot.

Early goal
The stadium was set alight on six minutes when Mavrogenidis caught Galatasaray's defence off guard to blast a volley past Móndragon from Stylianos Venetidis's cross. The early goal catapulted the match into action, as the visitors tried to regain composure while Olympiacos put their opponents under increasing pressure.

Irrepressible Giovanni
Marshalled by the irrepressible Giovanni up front, the hosts were a constant threat to the shaken visitors, who rarely looked dangerous. Eager to gain their first points in the competition, Olympiacos quickly established dominance and produced a string of good chances.

Castillo miss
Olympiacos almost extended their lead on 16 minutes after Giovanni slalomed past a beaten Móndragon to set up Castillo with an open goal, only for the young Uruguayan to hit the bar. Oleh Protasov's side came close again on 23 minutes after a Venetidis shot went just wide.

Redeeming second
Castillo squandered another close-range chance on 30 minutes after tamely hitting a Predrag Djordjevic through-ball into Móndragon's arms from close range. However, the Uruguayan striker redeemed himself four minutes later after capitalising on a mis-hit back-pass from Frank de Boer to slot the ball calmly into the back of the net.

Mavrogenidis strike
Faced with the threat of a rout, Galatasaray pushed men forward but were unable to take advantage of some untidy defending from the hosts who continued to look dangerous on the break. The match was almost put beyond the visitors' reach when Mavrogenidis broke down the right-hand side of the pitch but his shot floated hopelessly over the crossbar.

Olympiacos press on
Hasan Sas almost pulled one back five minutes before half-time but Olympiacos goalkeeper Theofanis Katergiannakis firmly blocked the Turkish international striker's advance. Steered on by Giovanni and Castillo, Olympiacos continued to press on after the break.

Kafes misses
However, Fatih Terim's side began to assert themselves after the hour, enjoying most of the possession but unable to trouble the home defence. Substitute Pandelis Kafes almost sealed the match for the hosts on 72 minutes after firing the ball wide from close range.

In control
As time ticked on, the game slipped away from Galatasaray as the leaders looked firmly in control. An inspired back-heel from Giovanni released Giorgios Georgiadis, who was unable to complete the effort.

Sour note
The game looked to have finished on a sour note. First, Galatasaray's Akman Ayhan was sent off two minutes from time for kicking out at substitute Andreas Niniadis, before an off-the-ball incident saw Predrag Djordjevic receive his second yellow card. Galatasaray goalkeeper Móndragon was booked for his part in the incident.

Stylish third
However, in the sixth minute of added time, Giovanni lit up the ground with a tremendous goal. Sprinting clear against Móndragon, he ingeniously scooped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the net, sealing the hosts' win in style.

Last updated: 06/11/03 10.01CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

galatasaray

Galatasaray

22
KatergiannakisFanis Katergiannakis (GK)
1
MondragónFaryd Mondragón (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
Yellow Card4
3
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz (C)
Yellow Card73
5
KarembeuChristian Karembeu
4
OrhanAk Orhan
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Yellow Card88
5
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
7
CastilloNery Castillo
Goal34
Substitution65
10
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
8
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution89
11
Hasan ŞaşHasan Şaş
Yellow Card44
10
GiovanniGiovanni
Goal90+6
18
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman
Red Card88
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Yellow Card81
Red Card90+4
19
Cihan HaspolatlıCihan Haspolatlı
Substitution40
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
Goal6
Substitution90+1
24
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
29
César PratesCésar Prates
Substitution81
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
67
PenbeErgün Penbe
Substitution66

Substitutes

16
BucekJuraj Bucek (GK)
12
Aykut ErçetinAykut Erçetin (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution65
8
João BatistaJoão Batista
4
NiniadisAndreas Niniadis
Substitution89
14
BaljićElvir Baljić
Substitution40
19
KostoulasThanasis Kostoulas
Substitution90+1
21
LukunkuAli Lukunku
Substitution66
20
GoniasPanagiotis Gonias
22
ErcanAbdullah Ercan
25
VallasSpyros Vallas
30
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
Substitution81

Coach

Plarent Kotherja (ALB) Fatih Terim (TUR)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Igor Sramka (SVK), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Eduard Cichy (SVK)

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