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Defeat of Dortmund has Olympiacos on the rise

Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.47CET
Olympiacos FC 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
José Holebas, Rafik Djebbour and François Modesto scored the goals that gave the Greek title holders fresh hope of progressing from Group F.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Defeat of Dortmund has Olympiacos on the rise
José Holebas wheels away after putting Olympiacos in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

OlympiacosDortmund

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners3
 
3
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)45
 
55

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.47CET

Defeat of Dortmund has Olympiacos on the rise

Olympiacos FC 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
José Holebas, Rafik Djebbour and François Modesto scored the goals that gave the Greek title holders fresh hope of progressing from Group F.

Olympiacos FC breathed life into their UEFA Champions League campaign by collecting their first points with an impressive home victory against Group F rivals Borussia Dortmund in Piraeus.

The visitors were looking good, enjoying the greater share of possession, after Robert Lewandowski's smart finish cancelled out José Holebas' early header. Yet Rafik Djebbour restored Olympiacos's advantage against the run of play five minutes before half-time and François Modesto headed a third late on to clinch the points for Ernesto Valverde's team. The result takes Olympiacos into third place, above their opponents ahead of the teams' meeting in Germany on 1 November.

With just one point and a pair of goals between them after two matches, the contest took on extra significance for two teams desperate to kick-start their campaign. After withstanding fierce early Dortmund pressure the hosts responded in the best possible fashion by taking the lead in the eighth minute. Iván Marcano swung over an inviting cross from the left and Holebas directed a fine downward header past Roman Weidenfeller.

Dortmund, low on striking power without injured forwards Mohamed Zidan and Lucas Barrios, looked to midfielder Mario Götze for inspiration and the 19-year-old duly obliged. Only a superb last-ditch Olof Mellberg tackle stopped a surging run from Dortmund's danger man but the home defence could do nothing two minutes later as Götze engineered an equaliser. The teenager's darting run and cross from the right set up Lewandowski, who had time to steady himself before volleying low into the left corner.

Shinji Kagawa could then have put the German champions ahead but blazed over while Götze was denied by Franco Costanzo shortly afterwards. The visitors were made to pay for their profligacy when, after good work from Kevin Mirallas, Djebbour turned Neven Subotić neatly inside the penalty area and lashed a powerful shot past Weidenfeller.

Dortmund desperately sought a way back into the game in the second half, exerting pressure on the home defence for long spells without seriously threatening a second goal. Instead it was the hosts who could have extended their lead, Modesto heading Ariel Ibagaza's free-kick straight at Weidenfeller before Mirallas failed to connect with Djebbour's cross.

Modesto was more accurate with 11 minutes remaining, rounding off an outstanding evening for the hosts by flicking in Ibagaza's free-kick to get Olympiacos off and running.

Last updated: 21/10/11 0.23CET

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Quotes

  • Ernesto Valverde

    Read more"The first half was tough as both teams played counterattacking football at great pace. After the interval we were able to take control"

  • Jürgen Klopp

    Read more"It's very sobering, especially the way we conceded the goals. We were not focused enough during the key moments"

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

dortmund

Dortmund

17
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK)
1
WeidenfellerRoman Weidenfeller (GK) (C)
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Goal78
4
SubotićNeven Subotić
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Goal26
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
11
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution82
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Goal40
Substitution87
15
HummelsMats Hummels
14
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution90+1
21
Gündoğanİlkay Gündoğan
Substitution56
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Goal8
22
BenderSven Bender
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos (C)
23
KagawaShinji Kagawa
Substitution66
23
MarcanoIván Marcano
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
31
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
29
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Yellow Card58
77
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution73
44
PerišićIvan Perišić

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
20
LangerakMitchell Langerak (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Substitution73
5
KehlSebastian Kehl
6
PapazoglouTasos Papazoglou
7
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
Substitution56
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution87
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution66
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution90+1
19
GrosskreutzKevin Grosskreutz
Substitution82
92
PotouridisGiannis Potouridis
24
LöweChris Löwe
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
27
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Jürgen Klopp (GER)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Berry Simons (NED), Rob van de Ven (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Danny Makkelie (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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