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Schürrer takes Olympiacos top

Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.11CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-0 AS Monaco FC Gabriel Schürrer's late winner sends the home side to the summit of Group A.

Match statistics

OlympiacosMonaco

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
0
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners1
 
2
Offsides4
 
12
Fouls committed16
 
27
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 0.11CET

Schürrer takes Olympiacos top

Olympiacos CFP 1-0 AS Monaco FC Gabriel Schürrer's late winner sends the home side to the summit of Group A.

By Paris Ayiomamitis at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium

A late goal by Gabriel Schürrer earned Olympiacos CFP a narrow victory at home to AS Monaco FC that took the home side to the top of UEFA Champions League Group A.

Decisive moment
Olympiacos, who moved one point clear of Monaco in the standings with two matches remaining, were made to work hard by their determined visitors but six minutes from time Schürrer was on hand to apply a close-range finish that reinvigorated Olympiacos's hopes of reaching the first knockout round. Monaco, meanwhile, dropped from first to third in the section behind Liverpool FC.

Attacking lineup
Both coaches had fully-fit squads at their disposal, with Dusan Bajevic introducing Serbo-Montenegrin midfield player Predrag Djordevic on the Olympiacos left and Anastasios Pantos returning at left-back after suspension. The home side lined up in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, with Brazilians Rivaldo and Giovanni paired together behind Ioannis Okkas up front. Monaco coach Didier Deschamps opted for a cautious 4-2-3-1 approach, Gaël Givet and Jaroslav Plašil coming into the side and Emmanuel Adebayor starting on his own up front.

Olympiacos offensive
The first half was an evenly-matched affair, with Monaco producing a disciplined display and controlling the pace of the game to frustrate the home side's ambitions for an early goal. Olympiacos showed their attacking intent from the first whistle but Monaco were unfazed, pressing tirelessly in midfield to keep the home attackers at bay.

Rivaldo danger
Nevertheless, the Greek side did create chances, with Giovanni setting up Rivaldo for a right-foot volley in the 13th minute that flew over the crossbar. Rivaldo was involved again nine minutes later when he tried to break the deadlock with a trademark overhead kick but the ball trickled harmlessly into the arms of Monaco goalkeeper Flavio Roma.

Adebayor volley
Monaco looked comfortable enough, however, and, although rarely threatening, Deschamps's team did carve out the best chance of the first 45 minutes on the counterattack. Plašil showed great determination to win possession before laying the ball on for Javier Saviola, but the Argentinian forward's deep cross was volleyed over by Adebayor with only Antonios Nikopolidis to beat.

Monaco control
The chance emphasised the French side's grip on the game as Olympiacos struggled to break down a stubborn Monaco defence and relied increasingly on individual efforts. It was the visitors who came close again after 31 minutes, Adebayor breaking deep in the area only to shoot wide.

Curling free-kick
Olympiacos came out positively after the restart and unsettled Monaco when Pantos broke free on the left side of the area, but Okkas could only direct the full-back's low cross straight at Roma. Urged on by a capacity crowd, Olympiacos began to impose themselves on the visitors and finally found a way to outwit Monaco's tactical approach, with Giovanni's free-kick from the edge of the box on the hour curling beyond Roma but thumping against the post.

Defensive switch
Olympiacos's pressure forced Deschamps to strengthen his defence shortly afterwards, with Mohamed Kallon making way for Pontus Farnerud. Bajevic responded by sending on midfield player Miloš Maric and striker Nery Castillo for Giovanni and Djordjevic in a bid to reinvigorate his side up front.

Close-range finish
Monaco soaked up the pressure and remained composed as time wore on, with Olympiacos largely restricted to set-pieces to threaten the visitors. Just as it seemed that the match would end scoreless, however, Grigorios Georgatos's floated free-kick was flicked on by Georgios Anatolakis and Schürrer was left unmarked in front of goal to thump his shot past Roma and give the home side a valuable victory.

Last updated: 04/11/04 0.16CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

monaco

Monaco

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card59
5
RivaldoRivaldo
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Yellow Card52
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Yellow Card77
7
BernardiLucas Bernardi
Substitution81
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
8
KallonMohamed Kallon
Substitution61
10
GiovanniGiovanni
Substitution65
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Substitution65
15
ZikosAkis Zikos
12
SchürrerGabriel Schürrer
Goal84
19
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
Yellow Card63
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
Substitution70
24
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution73
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Yellow Card18
27
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez (C)
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis
32
GivetGaël Givet

Substitutes

34
GiannouKleopas Giannou (GK)
1
AudardFabien Audard (GK)
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
4
ModestoFrançois Modesto
7
CastilloNery Castillo
Substitution65
Yellow Card90
5
PérezDiego Pérez
Substitution81
8
MarićMiloš Marić
Substitution65
10
ChevantónErnesto Chevantón
Substitution73
21
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
Substitution70
Yellow Card85
13
MaiconMaicon
25
VallasSpyros Vallas
18
NondaShabani Nonda
31
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
21
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
Substitution61

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Josef Webers (GER)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

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