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Nikopolidis frustrates Madrid

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.20CET
Olympiacos CFP 0-0 Real Madrid CF
Madrid, who twice hit the woodwork, found Antonios Nikopolidis in fine form as the spoils were shared.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

Match statistics

OlympiacosReal Madrid

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners2
 
4
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed22
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 November 2007

A Liverpool
8-0
Beşiktaş
A Porto
2-1
Marseille
B Valencia
0-2
Rosenborg
B Schalke
0-0
Chelsea
C Lazio
2-1
Werder
D Celtic
1-0
Benfica
D Shakhtar
0-3
Milan
C Olympiacos
0-0
Real Madrid

7 November 2007

 
Published: Wednesday 7 November 2007, 0.20CET

Nikopolidis frustrates Madrid

Olympiacos CFP 0-0 Real Madrid CF
Madrid, who twice hit the woodwork, found Antonios Nikopolidis in fine form as the spoils were shared.

Olympiacos CFP produced a determined display to earn a point against Real Madrid CF as their Group C contest at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium ended in a goalless draw.

Lazio win
Madrid were twice denied by the woodwork and created a string of chances but the group leaders failed to break the resistance of their resolute Greek hosts. Madrid remain unbeaten and on top of a competitive pool with eight points, while Olympiacos stay firmly in contention despite being joined on five points by their next opponents, S.S. Lazio, who won 2-0 home at home to Werder Bremen.

Character
Despite being deprived of four first-team regulars Olympiacos made a confident start, Lomana LuaLua registering the first effort on goal with an audacious overhead kick in the second minute. Sergio Ramos then launched an early raid down the right for Madrid but his shot from distance was well wide. The Olympiacos coach Panagiotis Lemonis had urged his players to show character and his goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis did just that on 13 minutes when diving low to deny Robinho after the Brazilian was sent clear by a typically crisp Wesley Sneijder pass.

Absorbing contest
Next it was Michał Żewłakow who saved the home team with a brilliant last-ditch tackle on Ruud van Nistelrooy six minutes later as Madrid began to dominate. As vulnerable as Olympiacos looked, Darko Kovačević might have given them the lead had he connected with Predrag Djordjević's cross after 21 minutes. The match was by now end to end, and an absorbing contest. Seven minutes later Ieroklis Stoltidis deflected Sneijder's corner on to the post and Madrid came close again on 35 minutes when Sniejder dissected the Greek side's defence to free Van Nistelrooy who cleared Nikopolidis with a deft chip but not the bar and the ball was headed to safety.

Bravo injury
In between those opportunities, LuaLua incurred the wrath of Djordjević when he fired wide when a simple pass to his on-rushing captain was a better option. No one in red and white was keener to impress than Raúl Bravo, and the former Madrid defender signalled his intent with a rasping long-range drive late in the half which fizzed narrowly wide of Iker Casillas's goal. That proved to be the Spaniard's last noteworthy contribution, as he hobbled off in the 53rd minute to make way for debutant Rodrigo Javier Archubi.

Impressive Nikopolidis
The change did not initially affect Olympiacos as LuaLua had a shot blocked and Luciano Galletti miskicked the rebound with Casillas exposed, although Madrid were on top from the hour mark when Van Nistelrooy narrowly failed to connect with a Sneijder free-kick. Still, the home team were not without chances and LuaLua volleyed over on 67 minutes when well placed. Robinho was also guilty of profligacy, although Nikopolidis was the busiest man on the pitch as he repelled Madrid on a number of occasions to keep the scores level.

Last updated: 07/11/07 10.01CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

real madrid

Real Madrid

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
Yellow Card10
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Yellow Card15
5
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Substitution74
5
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Yellow Card49
6
M. DiarraMahamadou Diarra
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Substitution82
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution80
8
GagoFernando Gago
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Yellow Card44
10
RobinhoRobinho
Substitution82
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
12
MarceloMarcelo
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
Substitution53
16
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Yellow Card71
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
32
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
23
SneijderWesley Sneijder

Substitutes

87
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
13
CodinaJordi Codina (GK)
8
ArchubiRodrigo Javier Archubi
Substitution53
3
PepePepe
10
NúñezLeonel Núñez
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
Substitution74
18
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution82
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
19
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
23
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution80
22
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
92
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
24
Javier BalboaJavier Balboa
Substitution82

Coach

Panagiotis Lemonis (GRE) Bernd Schuster (GER)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Roman Csabay (SVK)

Fourth official

Richard Havrilla (SVK)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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