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Standard surge into contention

Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 0.43CET
R. Standard de Liège 2-0 Olympiacos FC
Standard's maiden UEFA Champions League victory proved worth the wait as Les Rouches breathed hope into their Group H chances.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Maurice Dufrasne

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Match statistics

StandardOlympiacos

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners2
 
6
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 0.43CET

Standard surge into contention

R. Standard de Liège 2-0 Olympiacos FC
Standard's maiden UEFA Champions League victory proved worth the wait as Les Rouches breathed hope into their Group H chances.

R. Standard de Liège's first UEFA Champions League win proved to be worth the wait as the Belgian titleholders defeated Olympiacos FC at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne to revive their Group H qualification prospects.

Slender advantage
Bottom on one point ahead of Matchday 4, László Bölöni's troops lifted themselves up a rung and within two points of second-placed Olympiacos thanks to Dieudonné Mbokani's coolly taken strike after 31 minutes and Milan Jovanović's late header. The first goal owed much to a defensive lapse, but Standard deserved it for their more enterprising approach in the opening half, even if they did creep dangerously back into their shells to protect their slender advantage after the restart. They will look to continue their renaissance at Arsenal FC on 24 November, when their Greek rivals will attempt to bounce back at AZ Alkmaar.

Committed tackling
The visitors lined up with five at the back and, with Standard lacking the requisite quality to find a way through, the first 25 minutes were more notable for some committed tackling than any goalscoring chances. Finally, with 27 minutes gone, the hosts put together a fluid move. Igor De Camargo started things off in midfield by freeing Mehdi Carcela-González on the right, and the 20-year-old slipped a pass through to Jovanović, whose cutback was scooped over by Mbokani.

Mbokani breakthrough
That one moment sent volts of energy through what had been an uneventful encounter and moments later goalkeeper Sinan Bolat almost palmed a lofted Enzo Maresca pass into the feet of Raúl Bravo. It was Standard who made the breakthrough, though, Mbokani holding off Avraam Papadopoulos and shooting low beyond Antonis Nikopolidis after Olof Mellberg had let Eliaquim Mangala's hopeful long ball pass him by. With the crowd in raptures, Les Rouches sought to capitalise and the gifted Carcela-González volleyed a superb arcing effort on to the bar from 25 metres after controlling with his chest.

Galletti injury
Jovanović then fired wide, with Olympiacos going closest through an off-target Kostas Mitroglou attempt but handed a major blow when Argentinian schemer Luciano Galletti was forced out of the fray through injury three minutes before the interval. The response from Zico's men after the break was to attack in greater numbers, and they gave the locals a fright when Maresca sent a diving header too high.

Mellberg attempt
With a new intensity to their play, Greece's champions threatened again as Mellberg volleyed a Maresca free-kick straight at Bolat from in front of goal. How Standard trainer Bölöni must have wished his charges had the luxury of a second goal on the scoreboard, yet instead of striving to secure the points they became encamped in their own half, a tactic that had allowed Arsenal FC to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win on Matchday 1.

Late goal
Indeed, given the pressure his side were under, Mangala ought to have done better when he headed a corner wide from point-blank range. It was not to prove costly, though, as Jovanović nodded in the rebound two minutes from time after Mbokani's shot had been saved by Nikopolidis.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.18CET

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Lineups

standard liège

Standard Liège

olympiacos

Olympiacos

38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
4
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
Yellow Card27
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
5
FelipeFelipe
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
Goal31
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution42
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo (C)
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Yellow Card73
Substitution78
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
Yellow Card60
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
19
SarrMohamed Sarr
Substitution46
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Yellow Card64
20
DuduDudu
Yellow Card20
23
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Goal88
Substitution90+1
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Substitution78
28
WitselAxel Witsel
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution87
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca

Substitutes

1
Van HoutKristof Van Hout (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
Substitution87
3
DomiDidier Domi
3
Victor RamosVictor Ramos
Substitution46
6
StoltidisIeroklis Stoltidis
Substitution78
11
DuferGrégory Dufer
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution42
25
GershonRami Gershon
28
LedesmaCristian Ledesma
27
AngeliArnor Angeli
Substitution90+1
30
PantosTasos Pantos
30
YaganHiraç Yagan
33
G. PapadopoulosGiannis Papadopoulos
Substitution78

Coach

László Bölöni (ROU) Zico (BRA)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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