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Slick Levante blow ten-man Olympiacos away

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 21.24CET
Levante UD 3-0 Olympiacos FC
Pedro Ríos's opener and Djamel Abdoun's dismissal set the tone as the European debutants took a giant leap toward the round of 16.
by Delfín Ramírez
from Estadi Ciutat de València

Match statistics

LevanteOlympiacos

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 February 2013, 21.24CET

Slick Levante blow ten-man Olympiacos away

Levante UD 3-0 Olympiacos FC
Pedro Ríos's opener and Djamel Abdoun's dismissal set the tone as the European debutants took a giant leap toward the round of 16.

Levante UD took a significant step towards the UEFA Europa League round of 16 after goals from Pedro Ríos, José Barkero and Obafemi Martins subdued ten-man Olympiacos FC in Valencia.

Ríos showed his composure to hand the Spanish Liga side an early lead before the dismissal of Djamel Abdoun slanted the tie further in their favour. Although Martins missed a penalty for Levante, Barkero made better use of a second spot kick close to half-time, before Martins' strike on 56 minutes put Juan Ignacio Martínez's team firmly on top ahead of their trip to Piraeus.

With Levante defending diligently and breaking fast, Ríos fired a warning shot with a fifth-minute effort before finding the target in earnest five minutes later – collecting a long pass from Barkero and dribbling past two defenders before beating Balázs Megyeri. It should have been 2-0 when Abdoun felled Pedro López in the box, but while the Olympiacos winger was dismissed, Martins wasted his opportunity from the penalty spot.

It proved nothing more than a stay of execution for Olympiacos. José Holebas fouled López in the area again five minutes before the break, and Barkero showed the composure that Martins had lacked to make it 2-0 from the resulting conversion.

The second half would be no less punishing for beleaguered Olympiacos, with their Spanish coach Míchel enduring an unhappy return to his home country. Ríos kept gnawing away at the Greek Super League leaders, though it was Martins who extended the European debutants' advantage, atoning for his earlier error by latching onto Barkero's long ball to lob Megyeri.

Olympiacos might have had some consolation had Kostas Manolas's header not struck the crossbar, with Rafik Djebbour and Giannis Maniatis also having chances to change the tie's complexion before the final whistle – though Valdo could also have made it 4-0.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.09CET

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Lineups

levante

Levante

olympiacos

Olympiacos

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
4
D. NavarroDavid Navarro
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
5
RodasHéctor Rodas
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto (C)
Yellow Card28
Substitution46
7
BarkeroJosé Barkero
Goal40
5
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
Substitution75
10
IborraVicente Iborra
8
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
12
JuanfranJuanfran (C)
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Yellow Card65
16
RíosPedro Ríos
Goal10
Yellow Card25
Substitution67
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras
19
Pedro LópezPedro López
17
VlachodimosPanagiotis Vlachodimos
Substitution59
23
DiopPapa Diop
Yellow Card45
Substitution61
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Yellow Card39
24
MartinsObafemi Martins
Penalty30
Goal56
Substitution83
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
Yellow Card44
29
Rubén GarcíaRubén García
Yellow Card58
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
Yellow Card18
Red Card29

Substitutes

1
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
20
Juanlu GómezJuanlu Gómez
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Substitution59
21
MíchelMíchel
Substitution61
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
Substitution75
22
LellChristian Lell
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
52
ValdoValdo
Substitution67
25
LykogiannisCharalambos Lykogiannis
87
AcquafrescaRobert Acquafresca
Substitution83
27
GrecoLeandro Greco
Substitution46

Coach

Juan Ignacio Martínez (ESP) Míchel (ESP)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Häcker (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Kleve (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Guido Winkmann (GER)

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