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Olympiacos too strong for Sheriff

Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 0.20CET
FC Sheriff 0-2 Olympiacos FC
Second-half goals from Dudu and substitute Kostas Mitroglou were enough to give the Greek champions a firm grip on this play-off tie.
Olympiacos too strong for Sheriff
Sheriff's Aleksandr Erokhin is closed down by Luis Antonio Rodriguez and Benjamin Balima ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SheriffOlympiacos

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target15
 
5
Corners2
 
9
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 0.20CET

Olympiacos too strong for Sheriff

FC Sheriff 0-2 Olympiacos FC
Second-half goals from Dudu and substitute Kostas Mitroglou were enough to give the Greek champions a firm grip on this play-off tie.

Second-half goals from Dudu and substitute Kostas Mitroglou earned Olympiacos FC a 2-0 win at FC Sheriff and put them in firm command of their UEFA Champions League play-off round tie.

Away win
Dudu broke the deadlock with a blistering strike after an even first half where the hosts produced many of the best moments. However, after the Brazilian struck within a minute of the restart, Olympiacos began to dictate proceedings and Mitroglou's late effort confirmed them as worthy winners ahead of next week's decider in Greece.

Ketsbaia pledge

Olympiacos coach Temuri Ketsbaia had said on the eve of the tie that his team could not afford to lose "lose like last year" when the Greek champions missed out on the group stage to Ketsbaia's then side, Anorthosis Famagusta FC. Yet it was Sheriff who were marginally the better side in a cagey opening, though they only had two long-range shots from Amath Diedhiou to show for their early endeavour. The visitors gradually began to flex their muscles and after Enzo Maresca saw a drive blocked in the 24th minute, Diogo lost his marker only to head wide.

Growing threat
Olympiacos's growing threat did not dissuade Sheriff. They continued to make energetic bursts forward epitomised by their athletic right-back, Benjamin Balima. He had already cut inside once to crash in a wayward shot before he launched another dynamic foray into the visitors' half, Diedhiou just unable to turn in his dangerous cross from close range. At this stage the main threat from Ketsbaia's side was from set-pieces; Avraam Papadopoulos drove in a shot from a half-cleared corner, before another dead-ball situation led to the same player heading against the post.

Magic moment
With nothing to choose between the sides going into the break, it looked as if a moment of magic would be needed to separate them and a minute into the second half, Dudu produced it. The Brazilian playmaker picked up a loose ball in the middle of the pitch and unleashed a fierce, swerving effort which wrong-footed Namaşco. Back came Sheriff, with Constantin Arbănaş sending a shot just over almost straight away yet Olympiacos soon had them on the back foot again. Luciano Galletti hit the post from a free-kick, Dudu was foiled by a sprawling Namaşco and then substitute Leonardo dragged a shot across goal. However, another replacement – Mitroglou – was not so profligate, breaking clear with nine minutes remaining and after holding off a couple of challenges, finishing into the bottom corner. Aleksandr Erokhin missed a late chance for Sheriff, but they now face a huge task to revive their hopes of becoming the first Moldovan team to play group-stage football.

Last updated: 19/08/09 10.46CET

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Lineups

sheriff

Sheriff

olympiacos

Olympiacos

1
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili (C)
Yellow Card87
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
7
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution62
10
ErokhinAleksandr Erokhin
10
DiogoDiogo
Substitution80
11
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
Substitution55
11
ZairiJaouad Zairi
14
BalimaBenjamin Balima
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
15
KarpovichIgor Karpovich
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
Yellow Card45+3
Substitution48
17
RouambaFlorent Rouamba
20
DuduDudu
Goal46
18
ArbănaşConstantin Arbănaş
Substitution70
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
21
DiedhiouAndré Diedhiou
Substitution81
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca
22
RodríguezLuis Antonio Rodríguez
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma

Substitutes

25
MelenciucAlexandru Melenciuc (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
2
Da CostaSergio Da Costa
2
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Substitution55
3
DomiDidier Domi
Substitution48
Yellow Card59
4
VerbetchiAndrei Verbetchi
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
20
TsynyaRustam Tsynya
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution80
Goal81
27
BulatVitalie Bulat
Substitution70
24
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution62
30
BrankovićVladimir Branković
Substitution81
30
PantosTasos Pantos

Coach

Andrei Sosnitski (BLR) Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

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