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Olympiacos see off determined Sheriff

Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 0.30CET
Olympiacos FC 1-0 FC Sheriff (agg: 3-0)
The Greek hosts recovered from a shaky start to secure a group-stage return, Kostas Mitroglou scoring the only goal in Piraeus.
Olympiacos see off determined Sheriff
Olympiacos celebrate their goal against Sheriff ©AFP

Match statistics

OlympiacosSheriff

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners5
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
26
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 0.30CET

Olympiacos see off determined Sheriff

Olympiacos FC 1-0 FC Sheriff (agg: 3-0)
The Greek hosts recovered from a shaky start to secure a group-stage return, Kostas Mitroglou scoring the only goal in Piraeus.

Kostas Mitroglou struck his second goal of this play-off tie with eight minutes remaining as Olympiacos FC sealed a return to the UEFA Champions League group stage with a comfortable victory over Sheriff FC.

Late strike
Having overcome early nerves the hosts dominated at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, the 2-0 advantage accrued in Moldova six days ago never under threat. It was not until eight minutes from time that Mitroglou eliminated all doubt, however, the Greek Under-21 international – scorer of the second in the first leg – firing in from close range after the unmarked Enzo Maresca had headed Leonardo's deep cross into his path. Olympiacos will therefore take their place in Thursday's group-stage draw after missing out last year; for Sheriff, who struggled in sweltering heat as the match wore on, the UEFA Europa League awaits.

Sheriff threat
Punished by second-half goals last week, Sheriff drafted Sergio Da Costa and Rustam Tsynya into their back line and the reshuffle almost had a real, if unexpected, impact. With just two minutes gone Andrei Corneencov's floated free-kick was glanced wastefully over by the unmarked Da Costa, yet Olympiacos had been warned: Sheriff were not, as assistant coach Andrey Sosnitski underlined, in Greece "just for the trip". The hosts' response was swift, Michał Żewłakow dropping off his marker to head against the bar from an acute angle, but from the resulting counterattack another gaping hole appeared in Olympiacos's defence. It took the outstretched legs of the alert Antonis Nikopolidis to divert Benjamin Balima's effort wide.

Galletti delivery
This drew Temuri Ketsbaia into his technical area, renewing his pre-match call for focus. Now his charges listened. And then they attacked. Luciano Galletti's set-pieces were a constant menace, and even on the rare occasions he did not find a red-and-white shirt, Sheriff suffered; Stanislav Namaşco making amends for a poor punch by pushing wide Leonardo's ensuing half-volley midway through the half. Soon to withdraw with a knock, Galletti decided to go it alone soon after the restart, and having weaved in from the right it took a good block from Vazha Tarkhnishvili to keep out his shot. The Sheriff captain was less impressive on 67 minutes when he and Namaşco hesitated as a long pass dropped on the edge of the box. It almost proved fatal, Mitroglou getting a long leg in between them and guiding the ball just wide. The Olympiacos No22 went close again soon after – he would not miss a third chance.

Last updated: 27/08/09 0.02CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

sheriff

Sheriff

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
1
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
2
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Substitution46
2
Da CostaSergio Da Costa
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili (C)
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution65
7
CorneencovAndrei Corneencov
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
10
ErokhinAleksandr Erokhin
Substitution65
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
14
BalimaBenjamin Balima
Substitution80
20
DuduDudu
Substitution62
17
RouambaFlorent Rouamba
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
18
ArbănaşConstantin Arbănaş
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Goal82
20
TsynyaRustam Tsynya
24
LeonardoLeonardo
21
DiedhiouAndré Diedhiou
Substitution58
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca
22
RodríguezLuis Antonio Rodríguez
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
25
MelenciucAlexandru Melenciuc (GK)
3
DomiDidier Domi
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Substitution80
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
Substitution65
11
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
Substitution58
10
DiogoDiogo
Substitution62
15
KarpovichIgor Karpovich
11
ZairiJaouad Zairi
27
BulatVitalie Bulat
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
Substitution46
30
BrankovićVladimir Branković
30
PantosTasos Pantos
88
KuchukAleksei Kuchuk
Substitution65
Yellow Card90

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO) Andrei Sosnitski (BLR)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Roberto Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

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