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Robinho double sends Madrid top

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.51CET
Real Madrid CF 4-2 Olympiacos CFP
Madrid needed two second-half Robinho goals to defeat ten-man Olympiacos and move top of Group C.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

Match statistics

Real MadridOlympiacos

Goals scored4
 
2
Attempts on target10
 
8
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners9
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 0.51CET

Robinho double sends Madrid top

Real Madrid CF 4-2 Olympiacos CFP
Madrid needed two second-half Robinho goals to defeat ten-man Olympiacos and move top of Group C.

Robinho scored two second-half goals as Real Madrid CF came from behind to beat ten-man Olympiacos CFP 4-2 in a Santiago Bernabéu thriller and assume control of Group C.

Wonderful save
Home captain Raúl González set the tone by breaking the deadlock after two minutes, and with eleven more played the visitors had both equalised through Luciano Galletti and had Vassilis Torosidis dismissed. Still, Júlio César fired Olympiacos into a shock lead just after the break before Robinho's double either side of a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty miss. The drama continued until the death, with Iker Casillas producing a wonderful added-time save seconds before Javier Ángel Balboa's clincher for Madrid.

Early score
On a high following their first-ever away win in the UEFA Champions League at Werder Bremen, Olympiacos conjured the game's first chance after a minute when a long-range Ieroklis Stoltidis shot fizzed over Casillas's crossbar. Moments later, though, the Greek champions were caught out when Paraskevas Antzas stumbled in possession and allowed Robinho to run free. The Brazilian released Van Nistelrooy and although the Dutchman was denied by goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis, Raúl was on hand to steer the loose ball into an empty net.

Equaliser
The match continued at a frenetic pace and it was the noisy pack of Olympiacos fans who roared their approval of the equalising goal on seven minutes. Predrag Djordjević outwitted then outpaced Míchel Salgado down the left before cutting a crisp pass back from the goalline for the unmarked Galletti. As a former Club Atlético de Madrid player, he would have taken enormous satisfaction from the way he composed himself on the ball before swerving a shot beyond the diving Casillas and into the corner.

Torosidis off
By the 13th minute, however, Olympiacos had been reduced to ten men. Van Nistelrooy was again involved as Torosidis impeded the attacker as he neared the edge of the area and the referee immediately flashed the red card in the Greek's direction. Yet the sending-off did not deter Panagiotis Lemonis's men: Lomana LuaLua thumped a drive into the side-netting before Djordjević headed a Cristián Raúl Ledesma set-piece wide.

Robinho header
The Olympiacos support began to dream of witnessing a first victory on Spanish soil when, with the second half two minutes old, their team went ahead. Djordjević was again the source as his flighted free-kick from the left looped over the Madrid defence and was volleyed in by Júlio César. Madrid probed the red ranks for the equaliser and Sergio Ramos failed to convert a header before teeing up Robinho on 68 minutes, the No10 beating Nikopolidis at his near post with another header.

Knockout blow
Ten minutes later the Spanish title-holders had an opportunity to pull ahead from the spot as Robinho's trickery won a penalty which Van Nistelrooy blazed over. The striker made amends by setting up Robinho, who finished neatly, in the 83rd minute and there was more drama to come. Casillas somehow denied Michał Żewłakow, paving the way for Balboa to provide the knockout blow with almost the final touch of the match. The sides meet again in Greece in a fortnight.

Last updated: 25/10/07 11.17CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Yellow Card29
Substitution64
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card70
4
RamosSergio Ramos
5
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Goal47
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal2
Substitution88
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
8
GagoFernando Gago
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Goal7
Yellow Card75
10
RobinhoRobinho
Yellow Card65
Goal68
Goal83
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Yellow Card53
12
MarceloMarcelo
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
Substitution75
14
GutiGuti
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
Yellow Card90
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
 78
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Substitution86
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
32
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
Substitution72
23
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution82
35
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
Red Card13

Substitutes

25
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
87
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
8
ArchubiRodrigo Javier Archubi
18
SaviolaJavier Saviola
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution72
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
10
NúñezLeonel Núñez
Substitution86
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution64
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Substitution75
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Substitution88
16
NéMarko Né
24
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa
Substitution82
Goal90+3
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou

Coach

Bernd Schuster (GER) Panagiotis Lemonis (GRE)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Brage Sandmoen (NOR)

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