Wednesday October 3, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 3 - 1 Olympiacos

  • Gervinho 42’
  • Podolski 56’
  • Ramsey 90’
  • Mitroglou 45’

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  1. Podolski and Ramsey strike after break to seal Arsenal win

    Podolski and Ramsey strike after break to seal Arsenal win

    Arsenal were made to work hard for their second Group B win of the Champions League in a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos at the Emirates. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Olympiacos
    • 90+3' All over! A 3-1 win for Arsenal. In the end, a good's night work.
    • 90+2' GOAL! Ramsey scores for Arsenal with the last touch of the game. He dances into the box to chip the ball over Megyeri. Giroud with the header on. A 3-1 win for the Gunners on the cards.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' All or nothing now for the visiting side. Arsenal breaking up the play before Gibbs takes the ball for a walk.
    • 87' Cazorla swings over the corner, but Ramsey can't hit the target with the finish. Arsenal so close to their second win of the group.
    • 86' Ramsey picks out Giroud with a cutback. His shot heading for the net, but it comes off Siovas and flies wide of the goal. Brilliant play.
    • 85' Ramsey knocks the ball off an opposition shirt and that will be a corner to the home side.
    • 84' An offside flag goes up against Giroud moments later. Clock slowly but surely against the Greek visitors.
    • 83' Superb effort by Giroud to flick Walcott's cross towards goal, but Megyeri is relieved to make the stop. Almost the killer third goal.
    • 82' Abdoun showing some real pace out wide. Manages to get the ball across goal, but straight into the arms of Mannone.
    • 81' Abdoun taken out the action late by Jenkinson. Little or nothing in that challenge, but the referee decided otherwise.
    • 80' Arsenal obviously not looking to settle on this 2-1 lead. Olymiacos are playing with a front three as they try to rescue matters.
    • 79' Giroud's first real action of the night sees him flagged for offside.
    • 78' Giroud also given the nod with Gervinho departing the scene.
    • 77' Pantelic has been wheeled on for the visiting side as Machado departs the scene.
    • 76' Changes here as Ramsey takes over from Poldolski for Arsenal.
    • 75' Cazorla delivers the corner, but Koscielny can only head the ball straight into the palms of Megyeri.
    • 74' Fuster and Machado trying to get Olympiacos on the front foot here. Arsenal earn another corner courtesy of Walcott.
    • 73' Walcott comes up with the ball across goal. Vermaelen almost there, but Megyeri takes the loose ball just in time.
    • 72' Vermaelen inches away from connecting in the middle of the opposition box before he dashes back to help out his defence. Game racing from end to end.
    • 71' Machada takes down Cazorla with a late, late challenge. Arsenal have the ball in their own half.
    • 70' A change for the visitors as Ibagaza takes over from Diakité.
    • 69' Decent piece of play by Machado, but the finish is not good enough as the ball flies over the bar.
    • 68' England national coach Roy Hodgson watching this one tonight. He announces his squad for the forthcoming matches against San Marino and Poland tomorrow.
    • 67' Arsenal decide to shuffle their pack as Theo Walcott is introduced for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 66' Arsenal looking to find space and pick holes in the Olympiacos rearguard, but Mannone is forced to make a solid stop from the shot by Fuster.
    • 65' Schalke 2-1 clear of Montpellier in the other match in this group tonight.
    • 64' Abdoun arrives to take over from Greco for Olympiacos. Can he help rescue a point?
    • 63' Arsenal are at least up to the pace of this game. A change coming for the visitors here.
    • 62' Machado goes for goal for the visiting side, but fails to hit the target. The Greek side remain alive at 1-0 behind.
    • 61' Chance for Arsenal to move 3-1 clear, but Koscielny heads over the bar from Arteta's free-kick. That should have been in the back of the net.
    • 60' Contreras goes into the book for a late challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain.
    • 59' Mitroglou tries to bend the ball into the corner of the net on the edge of the home box, but just overdoes it as the shot flies over the bar.
    • 58' Contreras with a brilliantly timed tackle to win the ball from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Had to get that challenge spot on, and did.
    • 57' The same paid combining seconds later, but this time Gervinho is deemed to be offside. Arsenal seem to be rising to the challenge.
    • 56' Gervinho holds the ball up for Podolski, who is narrowly offside. Nice piece of play.
    • 55' Pretty dismal defending by the visiting side at the goal. Arsenal won't care as they look to finalise these points. The home side beginning to find more space.
    • 54' GOAL! Podolski fires the shot into the net from Gervinho's pullback and Arsenal lead 2-1. Ball ends up through the legs of Megyeri in the visiting goal.
    • 53' Game starting to really open up as Mitroglou slams a shot a couple of yards wide from 30 yards out or so.
    • 52' Machado loops a free-kick into the box, but all a bit too predictable as Arsenal run the ball up the other end of the park.
    • 51' Coquelin fouls the dangerous Paulo Machado as Olympiacos continue this forward movement. Content to hit on the break, and Arsenal look none too convincing.
    • 50' An offside flag goes up against Gervinho as a few players begin to warm up on the Arsenal bench.
    • 49' Gervinho with a lovely ball across goal to pick out Cazorla, who slides the shot wide from 20 yards. Decent move, but no finish.
    • 48' Siovas concedes a free-kick for a foul on Santi Cazorla, who slips an effort wide of goal from the free-kick.
    • 47' Arsenal enjoyed a huge amout of possession - 66% in the first period, but Olympacos had seven shots on goal compared to five by the home side. Difficult to predict how this is going to work out.
    • 46' We are off and running at the start of this second period.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle for the break! Arsenal 1-1 Olympiacos at half-time. Work to be done by Arsenal in the second period.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Mitroglou scores for the visiting side! Greco with the cross and Mitroglou rises highest to head into the net. Arsenal pay for their poor play. 1-1. A deserved leveller.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added to the first half.
    • 43' Machado smashes a shot at goal from distance, but Mannone is there to make the stop. Olympiacos far from out of this match. A mistake by Vermaelen at the back. Wretched defending.
    • 42' Gervhino concedes a free-kick for a foul on Contreras. Suddenly it is the Arsenal fans who are in full voice after a fairly poor opening half.
    • 41' Great wing play by Cazorla before Gervinho carried the ball away from Arteta to sink the opening goal. A 1-0 lead for Arsenal.
    • 40' GOAL! Gervinho strikes for Arsenal. That should settle the nerves. Fine finish from 25 yards out and Arsenal have the lead.
    • 39' Mitroglou concedes a free-kick for a foul on Koscielny. Arsenal can get themselves up the other end of the pitch.
    • 38' Can sense the tension and anxiety around the ground. Olympiacos growing in confidence here. Arsenal need a bit of quality.
    • 37' Machado lifts the free-kick straight over the wall, but the ball ends up straight in the arms of Mannone. Didn't have the required direction.
    • 36' A free-kick chance for the visitors from 25 yards out. Real chance here to apply some pressure.
    • 35' Vermaelen is penalised for a foul on Paulo Machado and all you can hear are the visiting fans as they sing their hearts out.
    • 34' Several thousand visiting fans certainly enjoying their night out so far. Arsenal looking none too clever in defence.
    • 33' Machado lifts the ball over the bar from five yards! What a chance that is from Maniatis's cross. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 32' Plenty of work ethic from the home side, but so far cannot find the quality to unlock this visiting side as Olympiacos look to break.
    • 31' Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on from his position high in the stands as the rain continues to tumble down.
    • 30' Ball comes in from Cazorla, but Koscielny can't connect and the visiting side again deal well with any danger.
    • 29' Little or no chances in this first period so far. Arsenal earn another corner here.
    • 28' Mitroglou drills an effort at goal from distance, but Mannone is equal to the task as he dives low to make the stop.
    • 27' A booking for Koscielny who thudded into Fuster with a nasty, late challenge. That was not too clever.
    • 26' Gervinho and the home fans appeal for a penalty against Contreras. Seemed to hit his arm, but the referee didn't want to know.
    • 25' Diakite showing some decent awareness to come across and win the ball from Podolski. The visitors must be revelling so far in keeping Arsenal at bay.
    • 24' Gervinho displays some fine movement to get on the end of Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass. The England winger is caught out seconds later as the return pass winds up out of play.
    • 23' Gibbs doing exceptionally well to get to the ball as he raced down a flank. Wins the corner before Vermaelen is penalised for a late nudge on Fuster.
    • 22' Greco is caught offside after setting of too early.
    • 21' Mitroglou sees a header looped at goal from Machado's cross. The header lacks real power as it ends up nestling in the arms of Mannone.
    • 20' Machado brings down Cazorla with a late challenge. Koscielny fails to pick out Gervinho with a hopeful ball as Contreras mops up.
    • 19' All very even so far. Arsenal the more dominant party, but no real chances created by either side which will suit the Greeks more than the Gunners.
    • 18' Gervinho covering some ground at a rapid rate. He beats Contreras to the ball, but Arsenal only have a throw-in for their efforts.
    • 17' Maniatis tries to pick out Fuster with the cross, but Mannone is on hand to pluck the ball out of the air.
    • 16' Arteta plays a really poor pass out his own half. Sloppy play by a Spanish midfielder who is renowned for better than that.
    • 15' Maniatis takes a knee in the back of the head as he slipped under pressure from Gibbs. An accident, but the visiting man is dazed before getting back on his feet.
    • 14' Olympiacos seem to have weathered this early Arsenal storm in the rain. Gibbs doing some feverish work to close down space.
    • 13' Cazorla throws in a corner, but solid enough defending as Diakite takes out Podolski with a late challenge.
    • 12' The rain beginning to thud down in London. Not the best night for football. Plenty of empty space around the Emirates Stadium this evenning.
    • 11' Cazorla drills in a fine free-kick from out wide that Megyeri does well to tip over his own bar. That effort was fairly travelling it must be said.
    • 10' Slovas forced to clear another decent cross by Chamberlain. Arsenal continue their forward movements.
    • 9' Jenkinson bounding forward. He smacks in a delicious cross, but Contreras manages to clear the danger.
    • 8' Lovely cross by Cazorla. Some fine wing play by the Spaniard, but his cross is finally taken by Megyeri with Podolski lurking.
    • 7' Mannone and Vermaelen almost present the visiting side with a glorious chance to open the scoring after some shoddy defending before Vermaelen gets back to block Fuster's shot.
    • 6' Another chance for Machado, but this time his volley fails to hit the target. The visitors not lacking adventure.
    • 5' Jenkinson is unhappy after a tug on Mitroglou is punished by the referee. Machado's free-kick flies well wide of the home goal.
    • 4' Arsenal looking to get on the ball and keep possession. Easier said than done. The Greek side content to let the home team play in front of them.
    • 3' David Fuster is penalised for a blatant foul on Vermaelen of Arsenal. That was a crunching tackle and a clear foul.
    • 2' Contreras is flagged for offside early on. Olympiacos aiming to prove they can travel in this company and compete.
    • 1' Not a full house inside the Emirates Stadium for this one. We are off and running.
    • 19.40 Teams out on the park and we are almost ready to go at the Emirates. Arsenal hoping to entertain after that 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
    • 19.35 Olympiacos have played once before on 3 October in the Champions League, in 2007, when they won 3-1 against Werder Bremen to record their first away victory in the competition at the 32nd time of asking.
    • 19:40 The players are walking out onto the pitch now. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 19:30 Real Madrid are also in action this evening at Ajax, while big-spending Paris-Saint Germain have a trip to Porto. Follow live scores and scorers here
    • 19:25 We've already had one intriguing match today - AC Milan saw Zenit St Petersburg recover from two goals down before completing a 3-2 away win over the Russian champions in their Champions League Group C match at the Petrovskiy Stadium. Match report
    • 19:20 Greek champions Olimpiacos are going great guns again this season. They have won all five of their league games thus far, scoring 13 goals and conceding just three in the process.
    • 19:15 Wenger has made two changes to the side which lost 2-1 to chelsea on the same ground they play at this evening. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Aaron Ramsey, while Francis Coquelin comes in for the injured Abou Diaby. Wenger blasts France over Diaby
    • 19:10 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to make amends for Saturday's defeat to Chelsea this evening: "The players are focused and disappointed that we lost the game. They are still down of course, but we have a Champions League game in front of us at home and we want to put things right." Wenger's pre-match words
    • 19:00 Following their win at Montpellier on Matchday One, Arsenal can stay top of Group B with another victory this evening and Schalke fail to win against the French side at home. Group B details
    • 18:55 This is the third season in the last four in which Arsenal and Olympiacos have been drawn together in the Champions League. Their previous four meetings have produced four home wins.
    • 18:50 Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Coquelin, Arteta; Ox-Chambo, Cazorla, Podolski; Gervinho. Subs: Shea, Andre Santos, Djourou, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud, Arshavin /// Olympiacos: Megyeri; Diakite, Manolas, Contreras, Holebas; Siovas, Maniatis; Greco, David Fuster, Machado; Mitroglou. Subs: Carroll, Modesto, Lykogiannis, Ibagaza, Abdoun, Pantelic, Diogo.
    • 18:45 Welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Champions League Group B clash between Arsenal and Olympiacos at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' GOAL! Ramsey scores for Arsenal with the last touch of the game. He dances into the box to chip the ball over Megyeri. Giroud with the header on. A 3-1 win for the Gunners on the cards.
    • 86' Ramsey picks out Giroud with a cutback. His shot heading for the net, but it comes off Siovas and flies wide of the goal. Brilliant play.
    • 83' Superb effort by Giroud to flick Walcott's cross towards goal, but Megyeri is relieved to make the stop. Almost the killer third goal.
    • 61' Chance for Arsenal to move 3-1 clear, but Koscielny heads over the bar from Arteta's free-kick. That should have been in the back of the net.
    • 54' GOAL! Podolski fires the shot into the net from Gervinho's pullback and Arsenal lead 2-1. Ball ends up through the legs of Megyeri in the visiting goal.
    • 49' Gervinho with a lovely ball across goal to pick out Cazorla, who slides the shot wide from 20 yards. Decent move, but no finish.
    • 45+1' GOAL! Mitroglou scores for the visiting side! Greco with the cross and Mitroglou rises highest to head into the net. Arsenal pay for their poor play. 1-1. A deserved leveller.
    • 43' Machado smashes a shot at goal from distance, but Mannone is there to make the stop. Olympiacos far from out of this match. A mistake by Vermaelen at the back. Wretched defending.
    • 40' GOAL! Gervinho strikes for Arsenal. That should settle the nerves. Fine finish from 25 yards out and Arsenal have the lead.
    • 33' Machado lifts the ball over the bar from five yards! What a chance that is from Maniatis's cross. Should have been the opening goal.
    • 28' Mitroglou drills an effort at goal from distance, but Mannone is equal to the task as he dives low to make the stop.
    • 11' Cazorla drills in a fine free-kick from out wide that Megyeri does well to tip over his own bar. That effort was fairly travelling it must be said.
    • 18:50 Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Coquelin, Arteta; Ox-Chambo, Cazorla, Podolski; Gervinho. Subs: Shea, Andre Santos, Djourou, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud, Arshavin /// Olympiacos: Megyeri; Diakite, Manolas, Contreras, Holebas; Siovas, Maniatis; Greco, David Fuster, Machado; Mitroglou. Subs: Carroll, Modesto, Lykogiannis, Ibagaza, Abdoun, Pantelic, Diogo.
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    Manager: Steve Bould

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    Manager: Leonardo Jardim

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