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Olympiakos   1 - 0   Arsenal

Leonardo scores the only goal of the game
Leonardo gives Arsenal's Fabianski no chance with his second-half goal

By Mark Ashenden

Arsenal's unbeaten Champions League run in Group H came to an end at Olympiakos after their youngsters were undone by a cool second-half strike by Leonardo.

The Gunners enjoyed much of the possession but Carlos Vela was guilty of wasting two excellent chances.

The hosts livened up after a drab first half, with Leonardo bursting through the defence to slot in the opener.

Lukasz Fabianski denied Leonardo and Kostas Mitroglou while Aaron Ramsey had a late shot cleared off the line.

Olympiakos held on to ensure their progression into the knock-out stages as runners-up.

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With Arsenal's top spot assured, boss Arsene Wenger could afford to rest many of his stars, handing a debut to 18-year-old Tom Cruise and partnering reserve-team captain Kyle Bartley with veteran Mikael Silvestre in defence.

The Greek champions needed just a point in Athens to make the final 16, and they began very hesitantly and nervously in front of their noisy supporters.

Arsenal were rarely without the ball in the opening 15 minutes, and fit-again striker Theo Walcott had the first chance but shot straight at keeper Antonis Nikopolidis after linking up well with teenager Jack Wilshere.

Sluggish Olympiakos were restricted to long-range efforts from Luciano Galletti and Dudu thanks largely to Welsh international Ramsey pulling the strings in the absence of rested captain Cesc Fabregas.

The hosts' limp first-half effort was brought to a close rather aptly when defender Raul Bravo blazed a wild volley high and wide.

The second half was a transformation and within five minutes of the re-start Olympiakos were ahead.

Bartley flapped at a tackle on Oscar Gonzalez and the ball fell to Leonardo who strode through on goal and slotted smartly between the legs of Fabianski.

The London side had an immediate chance to level proceedings but Vela's shot was denied by Nikopolidis' legs after a fine square pass from Ramsey.

Walcott had another chance to equalise but his shot was deflected over the bar and then Vela was again wasteful after toe-poking the ball off-target.

As Arsenal's young legs tired, Fabianski had to be at his best to keep out the ball when faced with one-on-ones with Leonardo and Mitroglou.

The youngest team in the Champions League this season remained determined to avoid defeat in Greece and only Leonardo's leg on the line stopped Ramsey from poking in an equaliser in the final two minutes.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:
"I am very proud of the young players, there are a lot of positives. From Barnet to Athens is a big jump, but they did very well.

"Nobody was disappointing, and it is difficult to single out individual performances, although Aaron Ramsey had a good presence, gave good balls and produced a good work-rate."

Olympiakos manager Zico on making the last 16:
"We are pleased for our fans that the team made it. It was a good performance.

"We tried to win the game from the beginning and we played well. Our fans should enjoy this victory and that we qualified."

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Olympiakos 1-0 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Leonardo 47

    Olympiakos

    • 71 Nikopolidis
    • 04 Mellberg
    • 05 Galitsios
    • 15 Raul Bravo
    • 21 Papadopoulos
    • 24 Leonardo yellow card
    • 07 Galletti
    • 08 Oscar (Pantos 90+3)
    • 20 Dudu (Domi 86)
    • 25 Maresca
    • 22 Mitroglou

    Substitutes

    • 78 Pardo,
    • 02 Papadopoulos,
    • 03 Domi,
    • 30 Pantos,
    • 88 Katsikogiannis,
    • 11 Jaouad Zairi,
    • 23 Georgios

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Ref: Cortez BatistaAtt: 30,000
    OLYMPIAKOS
    ARSENAL

    Possession

    • Olympiakos 52%
    • Arsenal 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Olympiakos 3
    • Arsenal 6

    Attempts off target

    • Olympiakos 8
    • Arsenal 6

    Corners

    • Olympiakos 4
    • Arsenal 5

    Fouls

    • Olympiakos 8
    • Arsenal 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:21 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:40 Substitution Anastasios Pantos replaces Gonzalez Oscar.
    • 88:11 Inswinging corner taken by Carlos Alberto Vela from the right by-line played to the near post, Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Geraldo Leonardo.
    • 87:05 Didier Domi produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
    • 85:27 Substitution Alexandro Searense Dudu leaves the field to be replaced by Didier Domi.
    • 84:55 Effort from the edge of the box by Carlos Alberto Vela goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 83:42 Fran Merida takes a inswinging corner.
    • 83:23 Effort from the edge of the area by Thomas Cruise goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 81:20 Enzo Maresca gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kerrea Gilbert. Fran Merida crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 76:56 Kostas Mitroglou takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski. Short corner taken by Luciano Galletti from the right by-line.
    • 76:15 Alexandro Searense Dudu challenges Aaron Ramsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Theo Walcott.
    • 76:15 Substitution Gilles Sunu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.
    • 71:40 Kerrea Gilbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandro Searense Dudu. Enzo Maresca crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Mikael Silvestre.
    • 71:15 Geraldo Leonardo takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 69:35 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 67:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Song Billong on Gonzalez Oscar. Gonzalez Oscar takes the free kick.
    • 66:01 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Sanfelix Raul Bravo. Corner taken by Carlos Alberto Vela from the right by-line, Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 65:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Song Billong on Luciano Galletti. Alexandro Searense Dudu takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 62:56 Corner taken by Carlos Alberto Vela from the right by-line played to the near post, Sanfelix Raul Bravo manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:56 Corner taken by Fran Merida played to the near post, clearance made by Sanfelix Raul Bravo.
    • 60:39 Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Antonis Nikopolidis takes the free kick.
    • 58:14 Sanfelix Raul Bravo concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Kerrea Gilbert takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olof Mellberg by Alexandre Song Billong. Olof Mellberg takes the free kick.
    • 51:07 Alexandro Searense Dudu challenges Carlos Alberto Vela unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick.
    • 50:31 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 48:09 Unfair challenge on Luciano Galletti by Alexandre Song Billong results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Enzo Maresca.
    • 46:49 GOAL - Geraldo LeonardoOlympiakos 1 - 0 Arsenal Geraldo Leonardo finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Olympiacos 1-0 Arsenal.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:08 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 44:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alexandre Song Billong on Enzo Maresca. Enzo Maresca takes the free kick.
    • 43:55 Effort on goal by Sanfelix Raul Bravo from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 42:54 Alexandro Searense Dudu has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 42:09 Luciano Galletti takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 41:52 Foul by Jack Wilshere on Enzo Maresca, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Enzo Maresca.
    • 39:19 Strike comes in from Enzo Maresca from the free kick.
    • 39:19 Booking Fran Merida receives a caution.
    • 39:09 Fran Merida challenges Luciano Galletti unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 37:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Avraam Papadopoulos by Carlos Alberto Vela. Direct free kick taken by Olof Mellberg.
    • 34:58 Kostas Mitroglou is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 34:20 Shot by Alexandre Song Billong from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 32:23 Handball decision goes against Alexandro Searense Dudu. Theo Walcott takes the free kick. Aaron Ramsey has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 31:07 Unfair challenge on Enzo Maresca by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Enzo Maresca.
    • 27:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luciano Galletti. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 26:58 Alexandro Searense Dudu has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 26:22 Alexandre Song Billong concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexandro Searense Dudu. Alexandro Searense Dudu restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:32 Booking Geraldo Leonardo receives a caution.
    • 23:31 Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
    • Correction - 23:24 Jack Wilshere fouled by Geraldo Leonardo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
    • 23:24 Geraldo Leonardo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere.
    • 22:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kostas Mitroglou. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • 21:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kerrea Gilbert on Olof Mellberg. Antonis Nikopolidis takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:31 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Luciano Galletti goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 19:22 Olof Mellberg concedes a free kick for a foul on Fran Merida. Theo Walcott shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 17:26 Corner taken by Luciano Galletti from the right by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
    • Correction - 15:56 Inswinging corner taken by Luciano Galletti from the left by-line.
    • 15:56 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Enzo Maresca.
    • 12:45 Shot from inside the area by Kostas Mitroglou clears the bar.
    • 12:15 Centre by Theo Walcott, Avraam Papadopoulos makes a clearance.
    • 10:55 Giorgos Galitsios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick crossed right-footed by Carlos Alberto Vela from left wing.
    • 9:41 Shot by Theo Walcott. Save by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 8:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gonzalez Oscar on Lukasz Fabianski. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:06 Short corner worked by Enzo Maresca.
    • 7:47 Unfair challenge on Geraldo Leonardo by Theo Walcott results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sanfelix Raul Bravo.
    • 4:11 Aaron Ramsey handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antonis Nikopolidis.
    • 2:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikael Silvestre on Kostas Mitroglou. Enzo Maresca restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:07 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Fran Merida from the right by-line, clearance made by Sanfelix Raul Bravo.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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