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Joy at last for Olympiacos

Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.25CET
Werder Bremen 1-3 Olympiacos CFP The Greek champions fought back to record their first away victory in the competition at the 32nd attempt.
by Chris Burke
from Weserstadion

Match statistics

BremenOlympiacos

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
12
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners6
 
3
Offsides2
 
8
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 4 October 2007, 0.25CET

Joy at last for Olympiacos

Werder Bremen 1-3 Olympiacos CFP The Greek champions fought back to record their first away victory in the competition at the 32nd attempt.

Olympiacos CFP's long wait for an away victory in the UEFA Champions League is over after the Greek champions boosted their Group C bid with a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.

Record over
The visitors' run of 31 matches without a success on their travels was one of the competition's most staggering statistics, and it looked set to continue when Hugo Almeida gave the hosts a first-half lead. Panagiotis Lemonis's men raised their game after the interval, however, and following Ieroklis Stoltidis's 73rd-minute leveller, Christos Patsatzoglou rifled in a deflected shot from 30 metres nine minutes later. Substitute Darko Kovačević then capped an evening to remember by turning in a loose ball from close range with three minutes left.

Frings return
With the whole country celebrating German Unity Day, it was perhaps appropriate that the locals turned out in force at the Weserstadion to give Bremen their backing. To their delight, Torsten Frings was present too, having overcome a knee injury, and Thomas Schaaf's charges began brightly. With in-form striker Boubacar Sanogo confined to the bench, Bremen's Portugal forward Almeida was particularly alert early on and will have been disappinted not to have beaten visiting goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis when one-on-one with the Greek international.

Vander saves
That was after Lomana LuaLua had already tested Christian Vander at the other end, bending in a low shot from the left that the tournament newcomer collected comfortably. To underline Olympiacos's intent, left-back Didier Domi unleashed an attempt soon after with the same result. It had been a frenetic start, and the excitement continued when Raúl Bravo deflected an Almeida effort just wide and Markus Rosenberg headed over.

Almeida breakthrough
An injury to Domi calmed matters momentarily – the Frenchman making way for Júlio César – but Luciano Galletti raised the temperature again with a thunderous strike that Vander saved superbly with his legs. Following up, Predrag Djordjević issued Bremen with another warning when he fired over. It was a warning the hosts heeded and shortly after the half-hour they were ahead. Duško Tošić's mis-hit cross from the left was picked up by Daniel Jensen and he scooped the ball across to the far post where Almeida stabbed home. One nearly became two before the break, with Olympiacos having Nikopolidis to thank for doing brilliantly to deny both Rosenberg and Jensen.

Olympiacos respond
Having ended the first half on the back foot, the Piraeus club pushed higher up the pitch after the restart and it took an acrobatic save from Vander to claw away a long-range Galletti pile-driver. He was unable to stop LuaLua burying a rebound in the 65th minute but Bremen were saved by an offside flag. However, the reprieve would be only temporary. Despite Vander's best efforts to keep out a stinging shot from Kovačević, Stoltidis stole in to blast the ball in for the equaliser. The two late strikes from Patsatzoglou and Kovačević then ensured a memorable triumph for Olympiacos who will travel to Real Madrid CF on 24 October as leaders of Group C. For their part, Bremen – still without a point – must rally at home to S.S. Lazio on the same day.

Last updated: 04/10/07 10.39CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

olympiacos

Olympiacos

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Goal82
4
NaldoNaldo
3
DomiDidier Domi
Substitution19
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Substitution63
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Goal73
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg
Substitution76
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution72
10
DiegoDiego
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
13
D. TošićDuško Tošić
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Yellow Card70
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal32
32
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
29
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Substitution86

Substitutes

40
PellatzNico Pellatz (GK)
87
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
5
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Substitution19
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
8
ArchubiRodrigo Javier Archubi
18
SanogoBoubacar Sanogo
Substitution76
Yellow Card90
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution72
Goal87
24
BorowskiTim Borowski
Substitution63
10
NúñezLeonel Núñez
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
23
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
34
HarnikMartin Harnik
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Substitution86

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Panagiotis Lemonis (GRE)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Henrik Sønderby (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

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