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Olympiacos beat Arsenal but bow out

Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.03CET
Olympiacos FC 3-1 Arsenal FC
The Greek club were on course to join the Group F winners in the last 16 before events in Dortmund consigned them to third place.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Match statistics

OlympiacosArsenal

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners8
 
2
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)47
 
53

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 December 2011, 23.03CET

Olympiacos beat Arsenal but bow out

Olympiacos FC 3-1 Arsenal FC
The Greek club were on course to join the Group F winners in the last 16 before events in Dortmund consigned them to third place.

Olympiacos FC produced a stirring display to defeat Group F winners Arsenal 3-1 but bowed out of the UEFA Champions League in dramatic fashion due to events elsewhere.

Two goals up at half-time through Rafik Djebbour and David Fuster, the Greek side were pegged back by Yossi Benayoun's splendid volley before re-establishing their two-goal cushion through François Modesto in the final minute.

With maximum points and a place in the last 16 alongside Arsenal imminent, the celebrations were abruptly halted as news filtered through that Olympique de Marseille had scored twice late on to win 3-2 at Borussia Dortmund, snatch  second place and leave Ernesto Valverde's side in the UEFA Europa League

Arsène Wenger was presented with a plaque by the Olympiacos president beforehand to mark his 200th match in the charge in the competition. His players almost delivered an early present too as, in the eighth minute, Marouane Chamakh surged down the right and crossed for Andrey Arshavin whose low shot was saved by Balázs Megyeri.

Chamakh and Emmanuel Frimpong then passed up similar opportunities, leaving Djebbour to break the deadlock in the 16th minute. The Algerian international latched on to a ricochet off Sébastien Squillaci following Fuster's pass and rounded Arsenal goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański before smartly slotting into the empty net with his left foot as the angle narrowed.

Roared on by a raucous home crowd, Kevin Mirallas flashed a shot just wide after a miscued clearance from Fabiański before the injured Arsenal No1 was replaced by Vito Mannone after colliding with Djebbour. The substitute's first real involvement ended up with him picking the ball out of the net.

Mannone rushed out to make a clearing header and only found Fuster who sent a first-time lob into the net despite the Italian's efforts to keep it out with his raised left foot. The red and whites were full of confidence as the second half began, Olof Mellberg heading wide and Mirallas finding the side netting, only to have that belief knocked by a fine Arsenal goal.

Ignasi Miquel, on for the injured André Santos, sent in a cross which Chamakh knocked down to Benayoun. The danger was minimal but the midfielder finished emphatically to register his first UEFA Champions League goal for almost two years when he wore the colours of Liverpool FC.

Olympiacos were denied qualification by the Anfield club in dramatic fashion in 2004/05, yet the chances of another heart-breaking elimination appeared distant as Modesto tapped in the rebound after Mellberg headed against a post. Marseille, 2-1 down at that stage, changed that with two late goals.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.54CET

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Quotes

  • Ernesto Valverde

    Read more"I know that my players are sad tonight, but I told them that I'm really proud of them and their effort against Arsenal "

  • Arsène Wenger

    Read more"We had the early chances in the game but didn't score and they gave it everything. "

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

arsenal

Arsenal

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
Substitution25
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Goal89
11
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution51
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Yellow Card81
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Goal16
Substitution90+2
18
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
14
MirallasKevin Mirallas
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Goal36
Substitution64
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Yellow Card29
Substitution37
26
FrimpongEmmanuel Frimpong
Yellow Card61
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card4
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
23
MarcanoIván Marcano
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
Goal57
35
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis (C)
39
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Substitution67

Substitutes

17
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK)
24
MannoneVito Mannone (GK)
Substitution25
6
PapazoglouTassos Papazoglou
Substitution90+2
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution67
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
9
Park Ju-YoungPark Ju-Young
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
40
EastmondCraig Eastmond
31
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
Substitution37
49
MiquelIgnasi Miquel
Substitution51
92
PotouridisGiannis Potouridis
53
Oğuzhan ÖzyakupOğuzhan Özyakup
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
Substitution64
56
YennarisNico Yennaris

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Miguel Angel Perez Lasa (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo (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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