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Late Stoltidis header stuns Standard

Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 0.20CET
Olympiacos FC 2-1 R. Standard de Liège
A last-gasp Ieroklis Stoltidis header earned the Greek titleholders
an invaluable Group H victory against their Belgian counterparts.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Match statistics

OlympiacosStandard

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners10
 
4
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 0.20CET

Late Stoltidis header stuns Standard

Olympiacos FC 2-1 R. Standard de Liège
A last-gasp Ieroklis Stoltidis header earned the Greek titleholders
an invaluable Group H victory against their Belgian counterparts.

A last-gasp Ieroklis Stoltidis header earned Olympiacos FC an invaluable UEFA Champions League Group H win against R. Standard de Liège in Piraeus.

Dramatic end
Standard had forged ahead through captain Igor De Camargo's composed finish late eight minutes before half-time but Kostas Mitroglou ensured the sides were all-square at the interval. Both sides had chances but the match seemed destined for a draw until deep into added time when substitute Stoltidis powered in Luciano Galletti's corner. Olympiacos closed within one point of leaders Arsenal FC, four ahead of AZ Alkmaar and five clear of bottom-placed Standard, who welcome the Greek champions on 4 November.

Frantic opening
Olympiacos coach Zico had urged his players to attack from the first minute and they did just that, Dudu blazing over after their initial attack. The visitors responded swiftly, Dieudonné Mbokani shooting wide. Yet the home side were soon on top and as the boisterous supporters in the stands tried to unsettle László Bölöni's team, Galletti – making his group-stage bow after injury – and Jaouad Zairi were doing likewise down the flanks.

Chances
Zairi tried his luck from distance, but Standard remained a threat and midfielder Wilifried Dalmat was presented with a chance to put the visitors ahead midway through the half. The impressive Mbokani dribbled past Olof Mellberg and Michał Żewłakow on the left before sending over a cross which landed kindly for Dalmat, but the Frenchman flashed his shot narrowly wide. Galletti replied immediately for Olympiacos, shaving the left post with a speculative strike.

Goal rush
Despite long spells of pressure from the home side it was Standard who opened the scoring. De Camargo, who passed a late fitness test after recovering from a broken toe, ran on to Milan Jovanović's clever through-ball and slotted low past Antonis Nikopolidis to stun the home crowd. Olympiacos were level two minutes before half-time, however, Mitroglou looping in a header from Galletti's free-kick.

Standard threat
The visitors were back on the attack after the restart and Jovanović was denied by a point-blank Nikopolidis save four minutes in. At the other end Galletti drew a smart save from Sinan Bolat with a shot from an acute angle while Mellberg flashed a header over as Olympiacos regained the initiative.

Exciting finish
Both teams continued to go for goals in an entertaining match, Mitroglou trying his luck with an improvised overhead kick before Jovanović rattled the crossbar with a stunning strike from distance. Olympiacos poured forward in the latter stages and Dudu had the ball in the net after 84 minutes but his effort was ruled out for handball. Maresca then drew a superb save from Bolat but the goalkeeper was finally beaten at the death by Stoltidis, a 72nd-minute replacement for Zairi.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.16CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

standard liège

Standard Liège

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
Yellow Card69
4
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
Yellow Card75
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
5
FelipeFelipe
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
7
DalmatWilfried Dalmat
Substitution48
11
ZairiJaouad Zairi
Substitution72
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo (C)
Goal37
Substitution89
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
20
DuduDudu
19
SarrMohamed Sarr
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Yellow Card52
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Goal43
23
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca
28
WitselAxel Witsel

Substitutes

78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
1
Van HoutKristof Van Hout (GK)
3
DomiDidier Domi
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
14
MulemoLandry Mulemo
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Substitution72
Goal90+3
20
TraoreMoussa Traore
24
LeonardoLeonardo
26
NicaiseBenjamin Nicaise
Substitution89
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
30
YaganHiraç Yagan
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution48

Coach

Zico (BRA) László Bölöni (ROU)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

João Capela (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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