Olympiacos seek another goal bonanza
Monday, 3 October 2011
Olympiacos FC and Borussia Dortmund have just one point and two goals to show for their Group F efforts so far, but history suggests there will be plenty of entertainment when the teams meet.
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Two teams who between them have gathered just one point and two goals from two games in Group F meet for the first time in a competitive fixture and if Olympiacos FC's history of matches with German visitors is a true guide, then a goal feast can be expected when they take on Borussia Dortmund.
• Olympiacos began their return to the UEFA Champions League after a year's absence with a 1-0 home defeat at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium by Olympique de Marseille. Lucho González struck the decisive goal in the 51st minute.
• On matchday two the Greek title holders fought their way back into the contest at the Arsenal Stadium after the hosts had established an early 2-0 lead. David Fuster pulled one back just before the half-hour but despite an impressive performance in which they struck the woodwork, the visitors failed to find an equaliser.
• Dortmund drew their opening game 1-1 with Arsenal FC; they had Ivan Perišić to thank for that point after his stunning late volley cancelled out Robin van Persie's opener.
• Their second fixture was a more sobering affair. Despite dominating large swathes of the play, the German side were undone at the Stade Vélodrome as Marseille produced a counterattacking masterclass to run out 3-0 winners.
• Olympiacos have had some remarkable home games against German opponents, including a 6-2 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League first group stage and a 4-0 defeat by Hamburger SV in the 1982/83 European Champion Clubs' Cup second round. In five home competitive fixtures there have been a total of 25 goals; the Greek side have won three of those matches with two losses.
• This is Dortmund's seventh participation in the UEFA Champions League but the first time they have faced Greek opponents in UEFA competition. In their most recent campaign, 2002/03, Dortmund lost at Arsenal and AJ Auxerre and beat PSV Eindhoven away in the first group stage campaign.
• In the second group stage they won at FC Lokomotiv Moskva and AC Milan, but lost at Real Madrid CF.
• Olympiacos are in their 13th participation in the UEFA Champions League having missed out last season. Between 1997 and 2008 they competed in the competition for 11 successive years.
• In 2009/10 the Greek champions finished second in their group, three points behind Arsenal. At home they won all three games but departed in the round of 16, losing 1-0 to FC Girondins de Bordeaux in Piraeus and 2-1 away.
• Lucas Barrios scored Paraguay's second goal in a 2-0 win against Greece in a FIFA World Cup warm-up game on 2 June 2010 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Avraam Papadopoulos and Vassilis Torossidis were in the Greece lineup.
• Marko Pantelić scored twice in eight matches against Dortmund when he was with Hertha BSC Berlin between 2005 and 2009. For the last two seasons there he was a team-mate of Łukasz Piszczek.
• Pantelić and Ljubomir Fejsa are team-mates of Neven Subotić in the Serbia national squad.
• José Holebas and Sven Bender were together at TSV 1860 München, Holebas playing for the Löwen between 2006 and 2010 and Bender between 2006 and 2009. Moritz Leitner was in 1860's youth department at the time.
• Antônio da Silva and Franco Costanzo played together at FC Basel 1893 in 2009/10, when the Swiss outfit competed in the UEFA Europa League group stage.
• Mohamed Zidan was on target as Egypt beat an Algeria team featuring Djamel Abdoun 4-0 in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.
• Sebastien Kehl was a late substitute as Germany reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup with a 2-0 last-16 win against a Sweden team including Olof Mellberg in Munich on 24 June 2006.