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Odds shorten after Les Verts' long shots

Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 23.40CET
AS Saint-Etienne 2-1 Olympiacos CFP (agg: 5-2)
Dimitri Payet and Ilan both registered superb long-range efforts as Alain Perrin's men continued to confound their domestic travails in the UEFA Cup.
Odds shorten after Les Verts' long shots
Dimitri Payet celebrates putting St Etienne ahead on the cusp of half-time ©Getty Images

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St-EtienneOlympiacos

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target2
 
2
Corners3
 
2
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed2
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2009, 23.40CET

Odds shorten after Les Verts' long shots

AS Saint-Etienne 2-1 Olympiacos CFP (agg: 5-2)
Dimitri Payet and Ilan both registered superb long-range efforts as Alain Perrin's men continued to confound their domestic travails in the UEFA Cup.

Dimitri Payet and Ilan both registered superb long-range efforts as AS Saint-Etienne rounded off their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie against Greek titleholders Olympiacos CFP in impressive style.

Bremen tie
Having brought about an abrupt end to Olympiacos's run of 16 home wins in all competitions this season with a 3-1 success in last week's first leg, St-Etienne continued to confound their domestic travails with another eye-catching performance back at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Payet broke the deadlock on the cusp of half-time with a sumptuous, dipping right-footed effort and Ilan, a goalscorer in Greece, was not to be outdone as he struck a similarly spectacular effort before the hour. To their credit, Olympiacos responded and Óscar González made it 5-2 on aggregate but it is Les Verts who will meet Werder Bremen in the last 16.

Morale boost
St-Etienne are languishing third from bottom in Ligue 1 yet they are a different proposition in the UEFA Cup, and the ease with which they negotiated what could have been a tricky opening period will bring hope to their survival chances. Despite their attacking intent, all the Greek visitors had to show for their efforts as half-time approached was a Sebastian Leto cross-shot that fizzed past the upright. And their task became harder before half-time when Payet was given time and space on the edge of the area to unleash an effort that arrowed into the top-right corner.

Sucker punch
The goal could not have come at a worse time for the visitors and although they began the second period positively, they were hit by another sucker punch on 58 minutes when Ilan drilled a right-footed effort into the top corner from 20 metres. Olympiacos conjured up a classy strike of their own when Óscar González broke clear with 15 minutes left and unleashed a venomous long-range effort which crashed in off the post but it was too little, too late.

Last updated: 27/02/09 1.27CET

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Lineups

st-étienne

St-Étienne

olympiacos

Olympiacos

16
JanotJérémie Janot (GK)
71
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
2
VarraultCédric Varrault
Substitution81
2
PatsatzoglouChristos Patsatzoglou
Yellow Card45+2
4
TavlaridisStathis Tavlaridis
Yellow Card35
5
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
26
Bayal SallMoustapha Bayal Sall
8
Óscar GonzálezÓscar González
Goal75
21
DaboMouhamadou Dabo
10
DiogoDiogo
Yellow Card35
Substitution65
10
MirallasKevin Mirallas
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
12
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi (C)
Substitution72
18
AntzasParaskevas Antzas
Yellow Card25
11
DernisGeoffrey Dernis
20
DuduDudu
Substitution76
7
PayetDimitri Payet
Goal45
Substitution62
23
LetoSebastian Leto
Yellow Card66
25
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
30
PantosTasos Pantos
Yellow Card39
8
IlanIlan
Goal58
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
VivianiJody Viviani (GK)
50
KovácPavol Kovác (GK)
9
GigliottiDavid Gigliotti
Substitution62
4
LeonardoLeonardo
17
HautcoeurYohan Hautcoeur
11
P. DjordjevićPredrag Djordjević
18
GomisBafétimbi Gomis
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
Substitution76
Yellow Card84
22
MatsuiDaisuke Matsui
22
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution65
23
SaugetDavid Sauget
Substitution81
27
DerbyshireMatt Derbyshire
Substitution46
28
BenalouaneYohan Benalouane
Substitution72

Coach

Alain Perrin (FRA) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Tom Dens (BEL), Dirk Gilon (BEL)

Fourth official

Claude Bourdouxhe (BEL)

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