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Olympiacos on course, AZ out

Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.20CET
AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Olympiacos FC
The Dutch side were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after failing to break down an Olympiacos team on course to qualify.
by Derek Brookman
from AZ Stadion

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Match statistics

AZOlympiacos

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target11
 
8
Corners2
 
9
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.20CET

Olympiacos on course, AZ out

AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Olympiacos FC
The Dutch side were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after failing to break down an Olympiacos team on course to qualify.

AZ Alkmaar were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after drawing 0-0 at home against an Olympiacos FC side who look on course to qualify for the first knockout round from Group H.

Point enough
Although the home side's need was greater – nothing but a win would keep them in contention for second spot in the group – they failed to make their superior possession count. The stalemate moves Olympiacos on to seven points, three clear of R. Standard de Liège going into Matchday 6, when a point at home against section winners Arsenal FC will send Zico's team through with the Gunners irrespective of what happens in Belgium.

Blustery conditions
The game got off to a scrappy start as both sides took time to adapt to the extremely blustery conditions, and 13 minutes had gone when AZ captain Stijn Schaars drove the first half-chance from outside the box a metre wide. Nine minutes later, with Olympiacos seemingly having wrested control, the home side almost broke through. Brett Holman played a clever pass
through from close to the halfway line to the lively Jeremain Lens who got a toe to the ball before Antonis Nikopolidis but could only watch it roll the wrong side of the post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Olympiacos openings
AZ's No7 went closer minutes later, reacting sharply to fire the loose ball narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area, yet the visitors continued to push forward frequently and Kostas Mitroglou's shot was deflected just over by Gill Swerts. Jaouad Zairi had an even better opportunity soon after, his low shot cannoning off Sergio Romero's legs. Those efforts sandwiched a Lens lob which had Nikopolidis concerned at the other end.

Strong start
Despite the absence of goals, it was an absorbing first half with both teams committed to attacking play. The second started in similar vein, Dembélé twice, Holman and David Mendes da Silva all having attempts on goal in quick succession. Pontus Wernbloom's deflected drive just past the hour mark was acrobatically tipped round by Nikopolidis as Ronald Koeman's side continued to search for the goal needed to keep them alive in the competition. Olympiacos were content to play deep, though an awkward cross by Giorgos Galitsios on 70 minutes after a counterattack was only gathered by Romero at the second attempt.

Wernbloom chance
Chances continued to be of the half variety as the game drew to a close, Leonardo forcing a good block from Romero before Dudu connected perfectly from range without finding the target. Then, in added time, AZ had a glimmer of hope when the unmarked Wernbloom was picked out with a cross from the right, only to head over when well placed. The result means last season's Dutch champions travel to Liege in a fortnight knowing only a win will keep them in European competition beyond the new year.

Last updated: 27/11/12 4.26CET

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Lineups

az

AZ

olympiacos

Olympiacos

22
RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
4
MorenoHéctor Moreno
Yellow Card90+1
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
5
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
Yellow Card65
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
6
MendesDavid Mendes
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
7
LensJeremain Lens
11
ZairiJaouad Zairi
Substitution90+3
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars (C)
Substitution89
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
16
WernbloomPontus Wernbloom
15
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
Yellow Card81
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution68
20
DuduDudu
25
N. MoisanderNiklas Moisander
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Yellow Card73
27
HolmanBrett Holman
Substitution78
24
LeonardoLeonardo
28
SwertsGill Swerts
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca

Substitutes

1
DidulicaJoey Didulica (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
9
AriAri
Substitution78
3
DomiDidier Domi
11
MartensMaarten Martens
Substitution89
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
14
KlavanRagnar Klavan
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
19
LuijckxKees Luijckx
23
NiklitsiotisGiorgos Niklitsiotis
23
van der VeldenNick van der Velden
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Substitution90+3
29
PellèGraziano Pellè
Substitution68
88
KatsikogiannisGiorgos Katsikogiannis

Coach

Ronald Koeman (NED) Zico (BRA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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