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Arsenal miss top spot with defeat at Olympiacos

Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.45CET
Olympiacos FC 2-1 Arsenal FC
Victory would have put Arsenal through as Group B winners but they lost their half-time lead to goals from Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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OlympiacosArsenal

Goals scored2
 
1
on target10
 
5
off target5
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:18 CET

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Published: Tuesday 4 December 2012, 22.45CET

Arsenal miss top spot with defeat at Olympiacos

Olympiacos FC 2-1 Arsenal FC
Victory would have put Arsenal through as Group B winners but they lost their half-time lead to goals from Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglou.

Olympiacos FC defeated Arsenal FC 2-1 in Piraeus to deny the Gunners top spot in Group B and end their own UEFA Champions League campaign on a high note.

Tomáš Rosický, starting for the first time since UEFA EURO 2012, opened the scoring against the run of play. However, second-half strikes from Giannis Maniatis and substitute Kostas Mitroglou earned the Greek champions victory and forced Arsenal to settle for second in the section. An away success would have taken them through as winners because of FC Schalke 04's 1-1 draw against Montpellier Hérault SC. Leonardo Jardim's side enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

With a number of key first-team players rested, 20-year-old Jernade Meade made his first start at left-back in Arsène Wenger's 150th UEFA Champions League match. Rosický and Marouane Chamakh made their first appearances in the competition this term.

Following a lively start from Arsenal, with Gervinho trying his luck with an early snapshot before playing in Chamakh, only for the Moroccan international to lose his footing, it was the hosts who sought to assert their dominance. After Vassilis Torossidis went close with a header which was cleared off the line by Carl Jenkinson, Djamel Abdoun became the focal point of Olympiacos's enterprising play, stinging the palms of Wojciech Szczęsny with a fierce shot.

Rafik Djebbour then headed straight at the Arsenal keeper from the resulting corner before Abdoun's mazy run created an opening for Torossidis, yet his tame attempt sailed over. Arsenal held firm and took the lead in the 38th minute when Gervinho broke down the right and picked out Rosický, who finished with aplomb with a side-footed effort. It was his first goal since the 3-0 home victory against AC Milan on 6 March.

Andrey Arshavin replaced Rosický at half-time and the diminutive Russian international nodded narrowly over from a Chamakh cross as Arsenal began strongly. Roy Carroll made a fine stop from Arshavin's strike as the Gunners looked for a second, while at the other end Szczęsny made a sprawling save to keep out Paulo Machado's header.

The Arsenal keeper could do little about Maniatis's close-range finish after 64 minutes, however, when the Olympiacos midfielder scored from Kostas Manolas's knock-down to net a deserved equaliser. Mitroglou replaced Abdoun in the 72nd minute and the substitute won the game barely 60 seconds later with a superb curling shot from the edge of the area.

Last updated: 06/12/12 1.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2013/matches/round=2000347/match=2009579/postmatch/report/index.html#arsenal+lose+olympiacos

Quotes

  • Leonardo Jardim

    "Olympiacos have a lot of young Greek players with great potential and quality. This is good for the team's future and there is a lot of room for improvement"

  • Arsène Wenger

    "We have to wait for the draw but we wanted to finish first. We need a good Christmas present"

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

arsenal

Arsenal

1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
Yellow Card64
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Goal64
5
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen (C)
5
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Goal38
Substitution46
8
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Yellow Card51
Substitution60
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Substitution82
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras
18
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
Yellow Card66
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
22
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Yellow Card54
26
DiakitéDrissa Diakité
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
27
GrecoLeandro Greco
27
GervinhoGervinho
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis (C)
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
Yellow Card90+2
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
Substitution72
53
MeadeJernade Meade
Substitution83

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
60
SheaJames Shea (GK)
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
Substitution82
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution46
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
38
AnghaMartin Angha
Substitution83
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution72
Goal73
39
AnsahZak Ansah
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
48
HajrovićSead Hajrović
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution60
55
Elton MonteiroElton Monteiro
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
67
AkpomChuba Akpom

Coach

Leonardo Jardim (POR) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

Juan Yuste (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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