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  • Leonardo (47)
  • Date:2009-12-09
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
  • Attendance:30000
  • Referee:Batista, L C C

Live Commentary

90mins

Full-Time: OLYMPIACOS 1-0 ARSENAL.

90mins

Anastasios Pantos replaces Oscar Gonzalez.

90mins

Two minutes of added time to be played.

89mins

A corner from the right deflects towards goal and Leonardo makes a fine block on the line to maintain his side's lead.

87mins

Domi powers forward and drives a left-foot shot wide of target from 30 yards out.

86mins

The home side bring on Didier Domi for Dudu.

85mins

Vela fires a shot into the sidenetting at Nikopolidis' near post.

84mins

Arsenal launch a quick counter-attack and Merida's shot is deflected over the crossbar for a corner, which comes to nothing.

82mins

Nikopolidis makes an easy catch as Merida overhits a free-kick from the right touchline.

80mins

Ten minutes left and at least the second half has been better than the first.

78mins

Mitroglu runs clear and forces Fabianski into another good save.

76mins

Arsenal have brought on Gilles Sunu for Wilshere.

74mins

Play is stopped for an injury to Georgios Galitsios.

72mins

Dudu's superb pass plays in Leonardo and he is denied a second goal as Fabianski races off his line to block.

70mins

Merida's astute pass releases Vela, but he lifts his left-foot shot over the crossbar from 15 yards out.

70mins

Twenty minutes to go and Olmpiacos remain on course for the last 16.

67mins

Ramsey meets the flag-kick with a weak header and Nikopolidis gathers.

66mins

Ramsey plays a superb pass out to Walcott, whose attempted shot is deflected over for a corner by Raul Bravo.

64mins

Wenger looks deep in thought on the bench, maybe he's just bored.

63mins

Arsenal enjoy a bit of possession, but it comes to nothing.

60mins

Kerrea Gilbert heads clear at the far post as Galletti gets in a cross from the right.

59mins

Almost an hour played, only another 30 minutes to endure.

56mins

It's Olympiacos who are dominating possession now.

53mins

Galletti plays the ball in from the right and Mitroglu almost gets on the end of things before Fabianski gathers.

52mins

Walcott's 25-yard free-kick curls well wide of the far post.

51mins

Ramsey leads a quick Arsenal counter and his superb pass finds Carlos Vela, but his shot is blocked by Nikopolidis.

50mins

The goal now has Olympiacos well on their way to the knockout stages.

48mins

Well that came out of nothing, but it was a fine finish from Leonardo.

47mins

OLYMPIACOS 1-0 ARSENAL, the Gunners lose the ball in midfield and LEONARDO races clear down the left and slots a cool finish under the advancing Fabianski.

46mins

The Gunners start the second period.

45mins

Half-Time: OLYMPIACOS 0-0 ARSENAL.

45mins

Raul Bravo volleys over from 15 yards after a rare attack by the home side.

44mins

Dudu fires an effort just wide of target from 30 yards, as news of AZ Alkmaar taking the lead at Standard Liege filters through.

43mins

Half-time is just around the corner, with few signs of a breakthrough.

40mins

Merida is cautioned for a late tackle.

39mins

Wilshere comes close to dribbling through, but Raul Bravo makes a solid block just inside the area.

37mins

Just under ten minutes to half-time and this game desperately needs a goal.

35mins

Song shoots from distance and Nikopolidis watches the ball fly harmlessly over for a goal-kick.

32mins

Mitroglu takes the ball down well on the left, but he is short of support in attack and a potential opening goes begging.

31mins

Walcott gets in behind the home defence, but is eventually crowded out as he turns inside from the left.

28mins

Dudu crashes a shot high over the top from 30 yards out.

26mins

Just over 25 minutes played and there have been few clear chances for either side.

24mins

Leonardo goes into the book for a late challenge on Jack Wilshere.

23mins

Walcott breaks the offside trap, but Nikopolidis is out quickly and gets a foot in to avert the danger.

21mins

Leonardo leads a quick counter and his cross to the far post is met by Luciano Galletti, whose right-foot volley goes narrowly wide of Lukasz Fabianski's goal.

20mins

Fran Merida wins a free-kick 25 yards out as he is felled by Olof Mellberg.

18mins

Olympiacos win another corner, they are having the better of the game at the moment.

17mins

A corner is hacked cleared by Alex Song as Olympiacos press forward again.

17mins

Mitroglu threatens again as the home side begin to find their feet.

16mins

The game is lively enough without really having hit top pace just yet.

13mins

Olympiacos spring forward and Konstantinos Mitroglou fires a left-foot shot over the top from 15 yards.

12mins

The home side have barely made it out of their own half.

10mins

Walcott has the first shot on goal, Antonios Nikopolidis makes a strong block.

6mins

It may be an unfamiliar Arsenal side, but it's the same style of play, patient passing from the back.

4mins

It's all Arsenal at the moment, with Olympiacos firmly on the back foot.

2mins

The Gunners have made a bright start and are seeing plenty of the ball.

2mins

Theo Walcott wins the first corner of the game.

1mins

The home side get the game underway.

0mins

The hosts need a point to ensure that they progress to the last 16 along with the English club.

0mins

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has named an experimental line-up, with Tom Cruise and Kyle Bartley handed first-team debuts.

0mins

Arsenal round off their Champions League Group H campaign with a trip to Greece to face Olympiacos.


Match Report

Arsenal finished their Champions League Group H campaign with a 1-0 defeat in Greece at the hands of Olympiacos, who join the Gunners in the knockout stages of the competition.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger named an experimental line-up, with defensive duo Tom Cruise and Kyle Bartley both handed first-team debuts.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, but 15 minutes in Olympiacos sprang forward and Konstantinos Mitroglou fired a left-foot shot over the top from 15 yards.

Luciano Galletti fired a volley narrowly wide of targets six minutes later, while Arsenal's best openings came via the pace of Theo Walcott drifting in off the right flank.

Dudu was off-target with a couple of long-range efforts for the Greeks as a disappointing first half ended with no sign of a breakthrough at either end.

However, just two minutes after the restart the home side hit the front as the Gunners lost the ball in midfield and Leonardo raced clear down the left and slotted a cool finish under the advancing Lukasz Fabianski.

Four minutes later Aaron Ramsey led a quick counter-attack and his superb pass found Carlos Vela, but his shot was blocked by Antonios Nikopolidis.

Vela passed up another fine opening 20 minutes from time after Fran Merida's astute pass released the Mexcian, who could only poke his left-foot shot over the crossbar from 15 yards out.

Right at the death Arsenal almost conjured up an equaliser as a corner from the right deflected towards goal and goalscorer Leonardo made a fine block on the line to ensure that his side held on for the victory.

Olympiacos

Arsenal

Corners

45

Fouls

1416

Goal attempts

1916

Shots off target

1513

Offsides

21

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