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Olympiacos win as Roberto keeps Benfica at bay

Published: Tuesday 5 November 2013, 22.45CET
Olympiacos FC 1-0 SL Benfica
Kostas Manolas's 13th-minute header and an outstanding display by Roberto helped the hosts to a win that puts them second in Group C.
by Graham Wood
from Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis

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Match statistics

OlympiacosBenfica

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts6
 
13
on target2
 
9
off target4
 
4
blocked0
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
6
Offsides3
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
18
Fouls suffered17
 
15
Passes379
 
657
completed232
 
512

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:32 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 5 November 2013, 22.45CET

Olympiacos win as Roberto keeps Benfica at bay

Olympiacos FC 1-0 SL Benfica
Kostas Manolas's 13th-minute header and an outstanding display by Roberto helped the hosts to a win that puts them second in Group C.

Olympiacos FC took a grip on second spot in UEFA Champions League Group C after Kostas Manolas's early header earned a vital 1-0 victory over SL Benfica in Piraeus.

Manolas rose unmarked to power in a 13th-minute header from a corner to put the hosts ahead against the run of play. Despite enjoying plenty of possession, Benfica could not find a way past their former goalkeeper Roberto who was in inspired form. The result moves Oympiacos onto seven points, three clear of third-placed Benfica but three behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

Olympiacos coach Míchel had warned his players of overconfidence following their rich vein of form domestically and on the continent, yet the Greek champions looked anything but in the early exchanges. Instead, the visitors were the more fluid and would have been two goals up in the first eight minutes if not for the reflexes of Roberto. The Spanish keeper first denied Óscar Cardozo with a low one-handed save before rushing off his line to block Lazar Marković's effort.

However, Benfica's promising start was ruined when, from the first corner of the match, Manolas climbed unchallenged to convert José Holebas's perfect set piece. The goal did not deter Jorge Jesus's charges, who carried on enjoying the lion's share of possession, though Luisão's header which flashed over the crossbar from a corner was their only attacking threat before half-time.

The second period began in the same fashion as the first, with Benfica on top and Roberto, who spent 2010/11 with the Eagles, keeping the home advantage intact. The Olympiacos custodian produced a brilliant stop to repel Marković, blocking the Benfica man's acrobatic volley with his legs when a goal seemed certain.

Javier Saviola, a peripheral figure against his former club, was replaced at half-time by Alejandro Domínguez as Michel sought to enrich the supply line to lone striker Kostas Mitroglou. However, it was Roberto who continued to play a starring role for the team in red and white, frustrating Benfica left-back Sílvio with yet another a fine save when the latter was sent through on goal.

By now Cardozo had limped off with a nasty-looking knee injury, but there was no let-up from the Lisbon side. Yet more heroics were needed from Roberto late on as he palmed away a shot from Benfica substitute Filip Djuričić – it spoke volumes that when the final whistle blew, the Olympiacos players ran straight to their keeper.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.44CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

benfica

Benfica

16
RobertoRoberto (GK)
Yellow Card85
1
ArturArtur (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution46
6
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
Yellow Card42
Substitution78
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution71
14
SamarisAndreas Samaris
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card33
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution74
20
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
21
MatićNemanja Matić
Yellow Card37
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
Goal13
28
SílvioSílvio
30
Leandro SalinoLeandro Salino
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
60
YatabaréSambou Yatabaré
Yellow Card38
Substitution56
50
L. MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution74

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
41
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
8
N'DingaDelvin N'Dinga
Substitution56
Yellow Card89
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Substitution74
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
11
LimaLima
Substitution71
22
MedjaniCarl Medjani
15
JohnOla John
26
CampbellJoel Campbell
33
JardelJardel
35
DomínguezAlejandro Domínguez
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+2
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
88
BongGaëtan Bong
Substitution74
90
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution78

Coach

Míchel (ESP) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Bojan Ul (SVN)

Fourth official

Primož Arhar (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Roberto Ponis (SVN), Dragoslav Perič (SVN)

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