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Advantage Olympiacos as Metalist run out of ideas

Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 20.55CET
FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-1 Olympiacos FC
David Fuster struck as the Greek league leaders blunted the competition's top scorers to rack up a ninth straight win without conceding.

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Match statistics

MetalistOlympiacos

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners4
 
5
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 20.55CET

Advantage Olympiacos as Metalist run out of ideas

FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-1 Olympiacos FC
David Fuster struck as the Greek league leaders blunted the competition's top scorers to rack up a ninth straight win without conceding.

Olympiacos FC beat FC Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 to move a step closer to their first major quarter-final in 13 years.

Metalist have been the toast of the UEFA Europa League this term, scoring 23 goals in stylish fashion, but came up short against an Olympiacos side who have now won nine in a row without conceding. David Fuster made the difference in Kharkiv, earning Ernesto Valverde's side a narrow advantage ahead of next week's second leg in Athens. Metalist will be without Edmar for that game after he was shown a straight red card late on.

More composed, inventive and fearless, Metalist had initially appeared unabashed by their opponents' UEFA Champions League pedigree. Fluid in possession and intelligent out of it, the hosts may not have created their usual raft of openings, but it was one-way traffic nonetheless.

Wherever Taison lurks, danger lies; a surging run led to Sebastián Blanco's deflected shot, a searching cross resulted in Jonathan Cristaldo's header and an impudent pass created Fininho's rasping drive. Myron Markevich's side were not in top gear but they were at least knocking on the door; Olympiacos were merely trying to keep it closed.

It is no accident, though, that the Greek Super League leaders have been in such fine fettle. With the half-time words of Valverde still ringing in their ears, they took the lead when Marco Torsiglieri only partially cleared a Kevin Mirallas cross and Fuster reacted first to volley in from close range.

One clear opening, one goal. Metalist, by contrast, continued to do the legwork without the finish, Edmar the next culprit in failing to test Balázs Megyeri after José Ernesto Sosa's fine delivery. The hosts' imaginative No11 was at it again midway through the second half, dinking a cute ball to the back post which Taison headed wide.

Edmar was dismissed with eight minutes left and his side were uncharacteristically blunted thereafter; that door which looked to have been so precariously ajar earlier on had been slammed shut – for a week at least.

Last updated: 27/11/12 2.57CET

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Lineups

metalist

Metalist

olympiacos

Olympiacos

29
GoryainovOlexandr Goryainov (GK)
42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
3
VillagraCristian Villagra
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
6
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
Yellow Card45+2
8
EdmarEdmar
Red Card82
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
10
Cleiton XavierCleiton Xavier (C)
14
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution89
11
SosaJosé Sosa
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Goal50
Substitution79
15
FininhoFininho
Substitution62
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card37
21
CristaldoJonathan Cristaldo
Yellow Card33
Substitution83
23
MarcanoIván Marcano
Yellow Card75
23
BlancoSebastián Blanco
Substitution62
31
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
30
GueyePapa Gueye
Yellow Card45+2
35
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis (C)
Yellow Card27
77
TaisonTaison
77
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution76

Substitutes

81
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK)
76
BabovicIvan Babovic (GK)
4
BerezovchukAndriy Berezovchuk
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Substitution76
17
PshenychnykhSerhiy Pshenychnykh
Substitution62
6
PapazoglouTasos Papazoglou
19
TorresChaco Torres
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
22
ObradovićMilan Obradović
11
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
25
MarlosMarlos
Substitution83
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Substitution79
Yellow Card89
33
DevićMarko Dević
Substitution62
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
Substitution89

Coach

Myron Markevich (UKR) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Sandor Szabo (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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