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Substitute Soldado spares Madrid

Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.54CET
Real Madrid CF 2-1 Olympiacos CFP Roberto Soldado's late header earned an important win as Raúl Gonzalez made UEFA Champions League history.
by Andy Hall
from Santiago Bernabéu

Match statistics

Real MadridOlympiacos

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners16
 
5
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.54CET

Substitute Soldado spares Madrid

Real Madrid CF 2-1 Olympiacos CFP Roberto Soldado's late header earned an important win as Raúl Gonzalez made UEFA Champions League history.

A late header from substitute Roberto Soldado earned Real Madrid CF a valuable, but narrow, UEFA Champions League victory against a valiant Olympiacos CFP in the Spanish capital.

Raúl record
The Greek visitors appeared to have earned a point as Pantelis Kafes scored three minutes into the second period, the Olympiacos midfielder cancelling out Raúl González's ninth-minute effort. The Madrid forward's header made him the first player to register 50 goals in the European Champion Clubs' Cup - yet only looked good enough for a point until Soldado struck.

Attacking approaches
With both sides having lost their opening Group F fixtures a fortnight ago, to Olympique Lyonnais and Rosenborg BK respectively, their coaches opted for attacking 4-3-3 formations. Madrid's Vanderlei Luxemburgo was forced to improvise with Zinedine Zidane still nursing a groin strain and Ronaldo completing a two-match ban, so deployed Pablo García as a holding midfielder while Robinho, Julio Baptista and Raúl formed a three-pronged attack. Olympiacos counterpart Trond Sollied, meanwhile, dropped Haruna Babangida to the bench and brought Kafes into midfield.

Scoring milestone
Madrid drove into the visitors' penalty area straight from kick-off, Raúl and Baptista having early glimpses of goal. Raúl began the evening level with another Santiago Bernabéu idol, Alfredo Di Stéfano, on 49 European Cup goals, but on nine minutes glanced in David Beckham's right-wing set-piece to become the competition's all-time top scorer in his own right.

Revelling Rivaldo
Iker Casillas was then tested at the opposite end, the Madrid goalkeeper diving full length to keep out a Rivaldo free-kick to an almighty groan of disappointment from the away supporters. Rivaldo, on his return to Spain following five seasons with FC Barcelona, looked keen to make an impact and another thunderous effort forced Casillas to block. Olympiacos's Antonios Nikopolidis was kept busy too, racing out of his area to head clear before palming another Baptista shot wide.

Kafes curler
The hosts were pegged back three minutes into the second half, however, as Olympiacos levelled. Kafes collected possession on the edge of the box after his initial effort had been blocked and unleashed a terrific strike that curved away from Casillas and went in off the keeper's left-hand post. The goal was a severe blow for Madrid, while inspiring the Greek side to defend fiercely as a vital away point seemed within reach.

Mounting pressure
A lack of ideas in attack did not help the home team's predicament, although Robinho met a Roberto Carlos centre on the hour but powered his header over. Baptista then launched himself at another Beckham cross but failed to connect properly. As the minutes ticked away, Madrid's desperation to regain the lead increased and Baptista's flying header, which crashed against the bar on 77 minutes, seemed to sum up their frustration.

Soldado to the rescue
Luxemburgo swapped Baptista for striker Soldado with eleven minutes remaining and then immediately replaced Míchel Salgado for attacking midfielder Carlos Diogo. Olympiacos were four minutes away from claiming a point when Beckham's delivery was met by Soldado and, although Nikopolidis blocked his first header, the substitute reacted smartly to nod in the winner. It was the 20-year-old's first Champions League goal, and was celebrated with the same gusto as Raúl's 50th, although Madrid's night ended on a sour note as Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time for reacting to Ioannis Okkas's challenge.

Last updated: 29/09/05 10.50CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Substitution80
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Goal48
Yellow Card90
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Yellow Card53
Substitution90
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Red Card90+1
10
RivaldoRivaldo
Yellow Card61
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal9
14
MavrogenidisDimitrios Mavrogenidis
Substitution40
8
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
Substitution79
15
Y. TouréYaya Touré
10
RobinhoRobinho
19
KostoulasThanasis Kostoulas
12
Pablo GarcíaPablo García
Yellow Card71
Substitution85
21
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
14
GutiGuti
Yellow Card72
23
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution85
23
BeckhamDavid Beckham
32
AnatolakisGeorgios Anatolakis

Substitutes

13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
34
GiannouKleopas Giannou (GK)
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
5
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
Substitution40
16
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Substitution85
8
MarićMiloš Marić
18
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution85
Yellow Card86
21
DiogoCarlos Diogo
Substitution80
20
Dani GarcíaDani García
22
PavónPaco Pavón
30
PantosTasos Pantos
27
SoldadoRoberto Soldado
Substitution79
Goal86
40
BabangidaHaruna Babangida
Substitution90

Coach

Vanderlei Luxemburgo (BRA) Trond Sollied (NOR)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

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