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Olympiacos left green with envy by Les Verts

Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.15CET
Olympiacos CFP 1-3 AS Saint-Etienne
Goals from Ilan, Geoffrey Dernis and substitute Bafétimbi Gomis put an end to the Greek champions' 16-match winning streak at home this season.
Olympiacos left green with envy by Les Verts
Ilan (left) celebrates scoring St-Etienne's opener in Athens ©Getty Images

Match statistics

OlympiacosSt-Etienne

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners8
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed21
 
18
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 18 February 2009, 23.15CET

Olympiacos left green with envy by Les Verts

Olympiacos CFP 1-3 AS Saint-Etienne
Goals from Ilan, Geoffrey Dernis and substitute Bafétimbi Gomis put an end to the Greek champions' 16-match winning streak at home this season.

Substitute Bafétimbi Gomis struck late to restore AS Saint-Etienne's two-goal advantage as Olympiacos CFP's run of 16 home wins in all competitions this season came to an abrupt end.

Driving seat
First-half strikes from Ilan and Geoffrey Dernis set Alain Perrin's side on their way to victory before Predrag Djordjević pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 64th minute. However, Gomis's stoppage-time effort sealed a result which put the French club firmly in the driving seat ahead of the return leg next Thursday.

Domi blunder
Boasting a perfect home record this term, Olympiacos began brightly with a Vassilis Torosidis attempt ruled out for offside after four minutes. Yet they went behind in the 12th minute when defender Didier Domi lost possession to Paulo Machado. His pass bounced into the path of Ilan, who slotted into the bottom-right corner from ten metres. The Brazilian might have had a second soon after but missed from an acute angle after Dernis's fierce drive was parried into his path by home keeper Antonis Nikopolidis.

Djordjević miss
Olympiacos skipper Djordjević also missed a golden chance, nodding over from point-blank range after Luciano Galletti's superb right-wing cross. However, just as the Greek titleholders looked to be in the ascendancy, St-Etienne struck again – the luckless Domi's block from Kevin Mirallas's shot landed at the feet of Dernis, who rifled the ball low past Nikopolidis two minutes before the interval.

Deflected clincher
The hosts went agonisingly close ten minutes after half-time as Dudu's header was brilliantly tipped over by keeper Jérémie Janot. Olympiacos's endeavour was finally rewarded when Djordjevíć converted coolly from the spot after Christos Patsatzoglou was felled by Cédric Varrault. Dudu came within centimetres of heading his side level with seven minutes left, but Gomis – who had replaced the injured Ilan – had the last say as his long-range strike deflected into the top-left corner off Domi.

Last updated: 19/02/09 11.13CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

st-étienne

St-Étienne

71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
16
JanotJérémie Janot (GK)
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
2
VarraultCédric Varrault
Yellow Card62
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
Yellow Card6
Substitution76
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card23
Substitution46
12
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi (C)
3
DomiDidier Domi
21
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
Yellow Card74
7
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution65
7
PayetDimitri Payet
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
11
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
Yellow Card29
Goal43
Substitution55
20
DuduDudu
Yellow Card84
25
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević (C)
Goal64
Substitution77
26
Bayal SallMoustapha Bayal Sall
25
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
10
MirallasKevin Mirallas
10
DiogoDiogo
Yellow Card78
8
IlanIlan
Goal12
Substitution46

Substitutes

50
KovácPavol Kovác (GK)
1
VivianiJody Viviani (GK)
4
LeonardoLeonardo
5
GraxSébastien Grax
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Substitution77
17
HautcoeurYohan Hautcoeur
Substitution55
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
Substitution46
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
Substitution46
Goal90+1
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
28
BenalouaneYohan Benalouane
Substitution76
27
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution65
29
RivièreEmmanuel Rivière
30
PantosTasos Pantos
32
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Alain Perrin (FRA)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

João Santos (POR), Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Fourth official

Luís Reforço (POR)

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