Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis - Piraeus 10/12/2013 - 20:45CET (21:45 local time)

Group stage - Group C

Olympiacos - Anderlecht
3-1
 

Olympiacos - Anderlecht 3-1 - 10/12/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Saviola the hero as Olympiacos squeeze through

Published: Tuesday 10 December 2013, 22.00CET
Saviola the hero as Olympiacos squeeze through 
Saviola delight with Olympiacos progress ©AFP/Getty Images

Javier Saviola struck twice as Olympiacos FC secured a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stage courtesy of a hard-earned 3-1 win over eight-man RSC Anderlecht in Piraeus which took the Greek title holders through for the first time since 2009/10.

The 31-year-old forward opened the scoring on 33 minutes with a clinical finish but the hosts were punished for a concentration lapse with Sacha Kljestan finishing off a flowing counterattaack to equalise. Saviola missed a penalty at the start of the second half after Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyaté was dismissed for a second yellow card elicited by his handball, but the diminutive Argentinian soon netted from close range to get his second.

Match in 5

  • Olympiacos reach last 16 for first time since 2009/10
  • Kljestan cancels out Saviola opener in tight first half
  • Kouyaté sent off after break but Proto saves Saviola penalty
  • Saviola adds second but keeper stops Weiss spot-kick
  • N'Sakala and Proto see red before Domínguez penalty seals win

Reaction

If my players planned to make me age ten years then they succeeded. Thankfully everything went well for us. We deserved to win and to go through.

Míchel, Olympiacos coach

Míchel, Olympiacos coach

I am satisfied with the way my team played today, despite all the setbacks we suffered. We kept on believing thanks to the two saved penalties.

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

John van den Brom, Anderlecht coach

 

Player rater

Saviola

Top Player

Olympiacos 

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

anderlecht

Anderlecht

16Roberto (GK)1Proto (GK)
Red Card90+3
5Paulo Machado
Substitution53
2N'Sakala
Yellow Card71
Red Card88
9Saviola
Goal33
Penalty50
Goal58
Substitution61
8Milivojević
Yellow Card21
Substitution53
14Samaris10Praet
Substitution83
19David Fuster (C)
Yellow Card52
Substitution89
12Najar
20Holebas16Kouyaté
Yellow Card7
Red Card49
23Siovas19Kljestan
Goal39
Yellow Card65
24Manolas22Mbemba
26Campbell30Gillet (C)
30Leandro Salino39Vanden Borre
Substitution72
99Olaitan45Mitrović
Yellow Card64

Substitutes

42Megyeri (GK)13Kaminski (GK)
8N'Dinga
Substitution89
6De Zeeuw
21A. Papadopoulos14Nuytinck
Substitution53
35Domínguez
Substitution61
Goal90+5
15Cyriac
60Yatabaré18Acheampong
Substitution72
79Weiss
Substitution53
Penalty72
31Tielemans
Substitution83
88Bong70Vargas

Coaches

Míchel (ESP) John van den Brom (NED)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Standings

Last updated: 11/12/2013 09:41 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
 

Match statistics

Olympiacos
Anderlecht

3

Goals scored

1

59

Possession (%)

41

24

Total attempts

6

17

on target

5

7

off target

1

6

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

1

2

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

7

0

Red Cards

3

10

Fouls committed

24

23

Fouls suffered

10

580

Passes

410

450

completed

266

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Olympiacos are through to the knockout stage for the first time since 2009/10 after a enthralling game in Greece. Anderlecht had three players sent off and Olympiacos missed two penalties but ultimately Javier Saviola's two goals made the difference for the hosts and Míchel's side progress with a 3-1 win.
  • Goal
    90+5
    Domínguez (Olympiacos) scores from the penalty spot.
    The substitute slots the penalty into the bottom corner and seals the victory for the hosts. Striker Aleksandar Mitrović is forced to act as goalkeeper but cannot stop his side going 3-1 down.
  • Red Card
    90+3
    Proto (Anderlecht) is dismissed.
    Another Anderlecht player is sent-off! Vladimír Weiss breaks into the box and is brought down by Silvio Proto who gets a straight red card.
  • Substitution
    89
    N'Dinga (in) - David Fuster (out) (Olympiacos)
    Two assists for the captain from deflected long-range shots and he receives a good ovation as he heads off.
  • Red Card
    88
    N'Sakala (Anderlecht) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
    Surely that seals it for the hosts. Vladimír Weiss bursts towards the area and is brought down by the defender who picks up his second yellow card. Anderlecht are down to nine men and Olympiacos are in control.

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