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Last-gasp Metalist strike down Olympiacos

Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 23.12CET
Olympiacos FC 1-2 FC Metalist Kharkiv (agg: 2-2, Metalist win on away goals)
Metalist hit the post and had a penalty saved before two goals in the last nine minutes took them through at the Greek champions' expense.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Last-gasp Metalist strike down Olympiacos
Metalist players celebrate after their late comeback ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

OlympiacosMetalist

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners5
 
6
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
22
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 23.12CET

Last-gasp Metalist strike down Olympiacos

Olympiacos FC 1-2 FC Metalist Kharkiv (agg: 2-2, Metalist win on away goals)
Metalist hit the post and had a penalty saved before two goals in the last nine minutes took them through at the Greek champions' expense.

Substitute Marko Dević made amends for a penalty miss as his late goal completed a dramatic comeback, meaning FC Metalist Kharkiv edge into the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals at Olympiacos FC's expense.

It was a result that looked far removed when Iván Marcano's first-half header doubled the aggregate advantage for Ernesto Valverde's side, who twice hit the woodwork and created a plethora of chances. Yet moments after Dević squandered a penalty, Cristian Villagra equalised with nine minute remaining, clearing a path for Dević's grand atonement.

The vociferous partisan crowd was finally silenced, having been whipped into a frenzy as the hosts started at a frenetic pace. The game was four minutes old when Kevin Mirallas crashed a speculative shot off the crossbar. Soon after, David Fuster, scorer of the only goal in the first leg, volleyed wide as the home side surged forward at every opportunity.

Taison broke to the other end but his shot was saved by Olympiacos goalkeeper Balázs Megyeri after taking a deflection off Avraam Papadopoulos. The hosts' dominance was confirmed in the 15th minute when Marcano opened the scoring, planting a downward header past Vladimir Dišljenković after a great run and cross from fellow defender José Holebas.

Rafik Djebbour should have made it 2-0 a minute later but the Algeria striker was thwarted superbly by Dišljenković's sprawling save, then Vassilis Torossidis headed against the upright. Metalist needed a change, and introduced striker Dević at half-time as they went in search of goals.

Sebastián Blanco, who turned 24 on the day of the game, almost provided one when he crashed a shot off a post after cutting in from the left. The visitors were then awarded a penalty in the 77th minute when François Modesto handled the ball. Dević's poorly-executed Panenka-style spot kick was easily stopped, and the game looked up for Metalist.

Yet back they came. Villagra prodded in a left-wing cross to set up a tense finish before Dević clipped in José Ernesto Sosa's corner at the second time of asking to seal progress for Myron Markevich's side.

Last updated: 08/12/12 23.19CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

metalist

Metalist

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
81
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
Substitution58
3
VillagraCristian Villagra
Yellow Card31
Goal81
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
Substitution45
6
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
10
Cleiton XavierCleiton Xavier (C)
14
MirallasKevin Mirallas
11
SosaJosé Sosa
Yellow Card90+1
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
17
PshenychnykhSerhiy Pshenychnykh
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
19
TorresChaco Torres
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card79
23
BlancoSebastián Blanco
Yellow Card37
Substitution90+4
23
MarcanoIván Marcano
Goal15
25
MarlosMarlos
Substitution46
31
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
Yellow Card57
Substitution87
30
GueyePapa Gueye
35
TorossidisVassilis Torossidis (C)
77
TaisonTaison

Substitutes

1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
29
GoryainovOlexandr Goryainov (GK)
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Substitution58
Yellow Card77
4
BerezovchukAndriy Berezovchuk
6
PapazoglouTasos Papazoglou
5
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
11
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
7
ValyayevSerhiy Valyayev
Substitution90+4
77
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution45
22
ObradovićMilan Obradović
87
DiogoDiogo
Substitution87
33
DevićMarko Dević
Substitution46
Penalty78
Goal86
Yellow Card87
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
99
RadchenkoArtem Radchenko

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Myron Markevich (UKR)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)

Fourth official

Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Cristian Balaj (ROU)

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