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Kewell head wins it for Galatasaray

Published: Friday 24 October 2008, 0.56CET
Galatasaray AŞ 1-0 Olympiacos CFP
Harry Kewell was the hero of the night in Istanbul as his header earned the Turkish champions a narrow victory against their Greek counterparts.
Kewell head wins it for Galatasaray
Harry Kewell celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

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GalatasarayOlympiacos

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 24 October 2008, 0.56CET

Kewell head wins it for Galatasaray

Galatasaray AŞ 1-0 Olympiacos CFP
Harry Kewell was the hero of the night in Istanbul as his header earned the Turkish champions a narrow victory against their Greek counterparts.

Harry Kewell was the hero in Istanbul as his goal earned Turkish champions Galatasaray AŞ a narrow UEFA Cup victory against Greek counterparts Olympiacos CFP.

Glancing header
Kewell's goal was enough to give Michael Skibbe's side all three points against Ernesto Valverde's men at a packed Ali Sami Yen Stadium. The Australian scored what proved to be the winner from Lincoln's 25th-minute corner, evading marker Didier Domi at the near post to glance a downward header past Antonis Nikopolidis.

Home pressure
Both teams went into the Group B fixture desperate to make amends for missing out on the UEFA Champions League, and the hosts took the early initiative, with Kewell prominent. Arda Turan headed wide from a 20th-minute Lincoln corner and Kewell dragged a shot off-target when well placed two minutes later.

Olympiacos constrained
The 30-year-old made amends not long after by opening the scoring, and Sabri Sarıoğlu then tested Nikopolidis with a powerful long-range drive which the visiting keeper parried for a corner. Olympiacos struggled to gain meaningful possession and Diogo looked an isolated figure up front, with little service coming from Argentinian duo Luciano Galletti and Fernando Belluschi.

Into the wall
Galletti had a decent opportunity to get his team back into the game on the stroke of half-time but fired his free-kick into the wall. Galatasaray resumed control after the interval, Anastasios Pantos clearing off the line from Milan Baroš before Lincoln blasted the rebound over the bar from close range.

Late flurry
The Brazilian should have added to the scoreline but was thwarted by Nikopolidis and then the woodwork. Olympiacos substitute Darko Kovačević had a golden chance to equalise but headed Belluschi's free-kick just wide. It was then Diogo's turn to miss as the Brazilian headed agonisingly past the upright from a Vassilis Torosidis long ball as Galatasaray held on.

Last updated: 24/10/08 14.00CET

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Lineups

galatasaray

Galatasaray

olympiacos

Olympiacos

26
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
21
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık
Yellow Card58
35
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
Yellow Card13
76
Servet ÇetinServet Çetin
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
22
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
3
DomiDidier Domi
Yellow Card86
66
Arda TuranArda Turan
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Yellow Card61
Substitution78
18
Ayhan AkmanAyhan Akman (C)
Yellow Card69
Substitution70
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card10
Substitution73
10
LincolnLincoln
Yellow Card15
10
DiogoDiogo
19
KewellHarry Kewell
Goal25
Substitution85
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Substitution57
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution78
25
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow

Substitutes

1
Aykut ErçetinAykut Erçetin (GK)
50
KovácPavol Kovác (GK)
20
NondaShabani Nonda
Substitution78
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
23
Serkan KurtuluşSerkan Kurtuluş
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Substitution73
60
Alparslan ErdemAlparslan Erdem
9
KovačevićDarko Kovačević
Substitution78
74
Volkan YamanVolkan Yaman
Substitution70
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
87
Mehmet GüvenMehmet Güven
Substitution85
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
99
Ümit KaranÜmit Karan
23
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution57

Coach

Michael Skibbe (GER) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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