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Torosidis gets Olympiacos off the mark

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.20CET
Olympiacos FC 1-0 AZ Alkmaar
Vassilis Torosidis headed a 79th-minute winner as Olympiacos defeated the debutants with new coach Zico watching on from the stands.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Match statistics

OlympiacosAZ

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners4
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
22
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.20CET

Torosidis gets Olympiacos off the mark

Olympiacos FC 1-0 AZ Alkmaar
Vassilis Torosidis headed a 79th-minute winner as Olympiacos defeated the debutants with new coach Zico watching on from the stands.

Olympiacos FC began life without Temuri Ketsbaia with a 1-0 victory against AZ Alkmaar in their UEFA Champions League Group H opener as new coach Zico looked on from the Georgios Karaiskakis stands.

Torosidis strikes
The Greek titleholders confirmed Zico's appointment on a two-year contract before kick-off and how the match could have done with the former Brazil player's legendary flair as defences dominated. That was until the 79th minute, however, when Vassilis Torosidis rose to head in Jaouad Zairi's superb right-wing cross and ensure Olympiacos a winning return to the competition after a one-year absence.

Cautious opening
Pounding drums, ear-splitting sirens and deafening whistles all combined to create a raucous atmosphere inside the stadium as the home crowd tried to unsettle Ronald Koeman's players. Nonetheless, after a cautious opening, it was the visitors who had the first sight of goal when Moussa Dembélé broke down the right and crossed for Maarten Martens, who contrived to bundle the ball over from two metres out. Olympiacos responded with their own raid down the right when Torosidis crossed dangerously for Diogo but the Brazilian striker was beaten to the ball by defender Niklas Moisander.

Zairi threat
Denied the attacking talents of midfielders Enzo Maresca and Luciano Galletti through injury as well as striker Matt Derbyshire, Olympiacos were seemingly content to sit back and wait for their chance to pounce. Their right flank looked the most likely source of a goal with Leonardo prodding wide from Zairi's centre before Diogo glanced a header off target following another cross by the Moroccan. The hosts should have been ahead ten minutes after the break when the overlapping Michał Żewłakow delivered a low cross from the right which Diogo dummied cleverly, only for Dudu to fire over when well positioned near the penalty spot.

Chances
AZ responded with a forward thrust of their own but David Mendes da Silva's fierce drive flashed narrowly over the crossbar. Next to try his luck was Brett Holman, the Australian cutting inside after 72 minutes and testing the reflexes of Antonis Nikopolidis with a powerful effort from distance which the former Greek international diverted to safety. Stand-in coach Božidar Bandović responded by introducing striker Kostas Mitroglou, and within four minutes the deadlock was broken as Torosidis charged in unchallenged from a central position to head in Zairi's clipped cross. Koeman threw men forward in a desperate attempt to level the match and Nikopolidis need to be at his best to save substitute Jeremain Lens's strike from distance.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.16CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

az

AZ

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
22
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
10
DiogoDiogo
Substitution74
4
MorenoHéctor Moreno
11
ZairiJaouad Zairi
5
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
6
MendesDavid Mendes
Yellow Card37
Substitution71
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars (C)
Yellow Card84
20
DuduDudu
10
El HamdaouiMounir El Hamdaoui
Substitution77
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
11
MartensMaarten Martens
Substitution80
24
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution81
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
25
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Goal79
Substitution85
27
HolmanBrett Holman

Substitutes

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
1
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
2
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
7
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution80
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Substitution81
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Substitution85
19
LuijckxKees Luijckx
Substitution71
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution74
28
SwertsGill Swerts
30
PantosTasos Pantos
29
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution77

Coach

Božidar Bandović (SRB) Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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