Wednesday November 21, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Veltins-Arena

Schalke 04 1 - 0 Olympiacos

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  1. Champions League - Fuchs strike puts Schalke through

    Champions League - Fuchs strike puts Schalke through

    Christian Fuchs fired Schalke into the last 16 of the Champions League as the German side beat Olympiacos 1-0 in their Group B clash at the Veltins Arena. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Schalke 04
    • Olympiacos
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time and Schalke have progressed to the last 16! It's finished Schalke 1-0 Olympiacos.
    • 90+3' There's handbags between Maniatis and Farfan after the Olympiacos player thought the Schalke man left a foot in after a challenge but the referee steps in and we're soon back underway.
    • 90+2' Olympiacos are exposed at the back after piling forward and Farfan breaks down the right for Schalke, before finding Pukki - but his low shot is well-saved by Carroll.
    • 90+1' There will be four minutes of added time.
    • 90' SCHALKE SUB: Huntelaar off, Marica on.
    • 89' Olympiacos string a succession of passes together to carve out an opening but Ibagaza's tame shot is straight at Unnerstall.
    • 88' Olympiacos have shown little attacking threat since going behind and an equaliser looks more and more unlikely as the seconds ticks by.
    • 87' SCHALKE SUB: Draxler is replaced by Barnetta.
    • 86' Olympiacos reached the last 16 of the Europa League last season and it looks like the Greek side will have to settle for Europe's second-tier competition once again.
    • 85' That was Fuchs' first goal in 11 months for Schalke.. What a time to score...
    • 84' Draxler bursts forward down the left channel and into the box but Carroll stands tall to block the shot!
    • 83' Jones draws a foul to take the sting out of the game and run down the clock.
    • 82' OLYMPIACOS SUB: Ibagaza comes on for Modesto.
    • 81' Olympiacos now have no choice but to attack and try and steal a point to keep their Champions League dream alive.
    • 80' As it stands, Schalke and Arsenal are progressing from Group B with a game to spare.
    • 79' Carroll should have done better there. The Olympiacos keeper was caught on his heels and couldn't get close to Fuchs' shot.
    • 78' GOAL! Schalke take the lead! Fuchs receives the ball 30 yards from goal, tees up a shot and fires into the far corner!
    • 77' Olympiacos are finally enjoying some possession in the Schalke half. Can they make the hosts pay for not taking their chances?
    • 76' Papadopoulos scrambles the ball away with Djebbour lurking.
    • 75' Mitroglou had scored six goals in his last six appearances for Olympiacos but it wasn't his night tonight.
    • 74' OLYMPIACOS SUB: Mitroglou makes way for Djebbour.
    • 72' Machado has a go from distance and the ball bounces awkwardly in front of Unnerstall, who just about does enough to see it behind for a corner!
    • 71' SCHALKE SUB: Holtby is replaced by Pukki.
    • 70' Superb defending! Holebas slides in with a superb challenge to thwart Farfan before throwing himself in front of Jones' follow-up shot!
    • 69' Holtby tries to squeeze through the middle but can't bring the ball down and Olympiacos clear.
    • 68' It's been a frustrating night for the hosts, who haven't been able to make the most of the chances they've enjoyed so far...
    • 67' Arsenal now lead Montpellier 2-0 thanks to Podolski's goal. Arsenal v Montpellier: LIVE
    • 66' OLYMPIACOS SUB: Greco makes way for Fuster.
    • 65' Olympiacos are pegged back in their own half and, when they do get the chance to clear, only go on to give the ball back to Schalke.
    • 64' Holtby cuts inside and lines up a shot from 25 yards but it's blocked on the edge of the D.
    • 63' Olympiacos are ready to make their first change of the night...
    • 62' Draxler does well to get a cross in from the left wing which Huntelaar meets unchallenged but his header is straight at Carroll!
    • 61' Farfan swings in the cross and Papadopoulos meets it but his header is comfortably wide.
    • 60' Schalke win a free-kick midway inside the Olympicos half.
    • 59' Farfan gets to the by-line and pulls a cross back but Carroll scrambles the ball to safety.
    • 58' Carroll and Jones came together in that challenge and the Olympiacos keeper will require treatment.
    • 57' Carroll comes charging off his line and does enough to put Jones off.
    • 56' Hotlby is flagged for offside.
    • 55' You can follow all of tonight's Champions League games here.
    • 53' The home crowd are getting more and more frustrated. Their side have gone close on several occassions - but not close enough.
    • 52' Holtby's cross is charged down.
    • 51' Arsenal have taken the lead against Montpellier and, if they go on to win, will progress to the last 16. Arsenal v Montpellier: LIVE
    • 50' Fuchs whips in a cross which Carroll gathers at the second attempt.
    • 49' Torossidis needs a moment to get to his feet after being caught by Draxler.
    • 48' Huntelaar tries to catch Carroll by surprise with an early shot but it's just wide of the upright.
    • 46' Olympiacos get the second half underway...
    • HT The referee blows up to bring the first half to a close. It's Schalke 0-0 Olympiacos at the break.
    • 45' Schlake hit Olympiacos on the counter-attack, with Draxler leading the charge, but the 19-year-old fierce's shot from the edge of the box flies over.
    • 44' Abdoun breaks down the left wing and cuts inside but is stopped in his tracks by Papadopoulos.
    • 43' That booking means Holebas will miss Olympiacos' final group game at home to Arsenal on December 4.
    • 42' Farfan chips in the free-kick but it's headed clear by Holebas.
    • 41' Now Holebas goes into the book for blatantly pulling back Farfan.
    • 40' Olympiacos earn a free-kick on the left flank after Holtby has a kick out on Torossidis but it comes to nothing.
    • 39' The first yellow card of the night is shown to Papadopoulos after a late challenge on Machado.
    • 38' It's remains 0-0 in the other Group B clash. Arsenal v Montpellier: LIVE
    • 37' Draxler rides a challenge to earn a yard of space on the edge of the spot but drags his shot well wide.
    • 36' Olympiacos really should have made more of that situation.
    • 35' Olympiacos break and it's 4 v 2 but Abdoun can't find a team-mate with his chipped cross!
    • 34' Schalke have, in fairness, carved out a couple of good chances but their build-up play is, on the whole, fairly pedestrian.
    • 33' The referee has a word with Draxler after a late challenge on Machado but that's as far as it goes.
    • 32' Mitroglou tries an ambitious shot from 35 yards but his limp effort drifts wide.
    • 31' Farfan's shot is blocked and drops to Huntelaar but his fierce shot flashes inches wide of the far post!
    • 29' While Schalke are enjoying the lion's share of possession, Olympiacos look solid at the back and are holding their shape well.
    • 28' This season Olympiacos are making their 14th appearance in the Champions League. They reached the round of 16 in 2007/08.
    • 27' Manolas is quick on his toes to block Neustadter's shot on the edge of the box after good play by Huntelaar.
    • 26' Farfan swings in the free-kick but it's headed clear.
    • 25' The referee has a word with Modesto after a foul on Holtby.
    • 24' Schalke's corner comes to nothing.
    • 23' Fuchs goes for goal from the free-kick and Carroll pushes it round the post at full stretch!
    • 22' Huntelaar takes a tumble to win a free-kick in the left-hand channel.
    • 21' Draxler tries his luck with a looping shot from the left-hand corner of the box but it's straight into the arms of Carroll.
    • 20' Schalke are making their fifth UEFA Champions League appearance and when they were last involved, in 2010/11, they recovered from a opening defeat at Olympique Lyonnais to win seven of their next nine fixtures, including all five at home, before bowing out in the semi-finals against Manchester United.
    • 19' Mitroglou peels away from his man to receive a cross-field pass before rolling the ball back to Abdoun but his shot from the edge of the box goes miles over the bar.
    • 18' The visitors look happy to sit back and soak up the pressure before looking to break on the counter.
    • 16' Schalke continue to dominate possession, with Olympiacos pegged back in their own half.
    • 15' Olympiacos' only victory against German opposition came in the 2007/08 group stage when they won 3-1 at SV Werder Bremen.
    • 14' Farfan and Jones try a neat one-two on the edge of the Olympiacos box but it's intercepted.
    • 13' Manchester City, who need to win tonight to stand any chance of progressing, are already 1-0 down against Real Madrid. Man City v Real Madrid: LIVE
    • 12' Carroll will be disappointed he didn't get closer to that Holtby shot.
    • 11' So close! Holtby has a go from distance - his powerful shot flies past Carroll and crashes against the crossbar!
    • 10' This is the second successive season in which Olympiacos have faced German opposition in the group stage. Twelve months ago they lost 1-0 away to Borussia Dortmund.
    • 9' Schalke have started brightly and are knocking the ball around comfortably.
    • 8' The referee waves play on after Farfan is muscled off the ball.
    • 7' Olympiacos relieve the pressure by winning a corner but are then forced back to their own goalkeeper.
    • 6' Jones cuts in from the left and unleashes a curling shot but it drifts wide of Carroll left-hand post.
    • 5' Huntelaar really should have scored there. His marker, Manolas, fell asleep and Huntelaar had plenty of space at the back post but his sliced effort went over the bar.
    • 4' Chance! Huntelaar nearly gives Schalke the lead after just four minutes but can't get enough on Fuchs' cross from the left!
    • 3' Farfan chips a through-ball over the top but the linesman rises his flag for offside.
    • 2' Schalke's last Champions League match saw them come from 2-0 down to earn a point against Arsenal. Arsenal miss chance as Schalke come back to draw
    • 1' And we're off! Schalke get the game underway...
    • 19:40 The teams are in the tunnel, the atmosphere is bubbling up at the Veltins Arena and we're nearly ready to go!
    • 19:35 Schalke's home form in the group stages of European competitions is superb. The German side have won 10 and lost none of their last 15 Champions League and Europa League group matches.
    • 19:30 Meanwhile, Olympiacos hitman Mitroglou has scored in four of his last five Champions League matches.
    • 19:25 Huntelaar is in a rich vein of form this season having scored in each of his four Champions League appearances.
    • 19:20 The reverse fixture between these two sides on September 18 ended with a 2-1 away victory for Schalke. Huntelaar seals Schalke win
    • 19:15 If Arsenal and Schalke both win tonight, both sides will qualify for the next stage of the competition.
    • 19:10 It's tight at the top of Group B. Schalke currently lead the way with eight points from four games, with Arsenal second on seven points and Olympiacos third on six points, while Montpellier are cut adrift with just a single point to their name. Group B table
    • 19:05 Olympiacos have made several changes after resting some key players for the 2-0 win over minnows Kerkyra at the weekend. Kostan Manolas replaces Tassos Papazogolou in defence, while Ariel Ibagaza makes way for Giannis Maniatis in midfield. Kostas Mitroglou, who has scored six goals in his last six matches, takes Rafik Djebbour’s place up front.
    • 19:00 Schalke’s Dutch attacking midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is missing after pulling a thigh muscle on international duty, while centre-back Christoph Metzelder only makes the bench after recovering from a groin injury. Atsuto Uchida (thigh) is absent.
    • 18:55 Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers takes charge of tonight's match.
    • 18:50 The teams are in! SCHALKE: Unnerstall, Howedes, Holtby, Jones, Papadopoulos, Farfan, Fuchs, Huntelaar, Draxler, Matip, Neustadter... Subs: Hildebrand, Escudero, Marica, Pukki, Metzelder, Barnetta, Kolasinac /// OLYMPIACOS: Carroll, Maniatis, Modesto, Machado, Mitroglou, Holebas, Siovas, Manolas, Greco, Torossidis, Abdoun... Subs: Megyeri, Ibagaza, Fejsa, Pantelic, Djebbour, Contreras, Fuster
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of the Champions League Group B clash between Schalke and Olympiacos.
  • Summary

    • 84' Draxler bursts forward down the left channel and into the box but Carroll stands tall to block the shot!
    • 78' GOAL! Schalke take the lead! Fuchs receives the ball 30 yards from goal, tees up a shot and fires into the far corner!
    • 72' Machado has a go from distance and the ball bounces awkwardly in front of Unnerstall, who just about does enough to see it behind for a corner!
    • 70' Superb defending! Holebas slides in with a superb challenge to thwart Farfan before throwing himself in front of Jones' follow-up shot!
    • 62' Draxler does well to get a cross in from the left wing which Huntelaar meets unchallenged but his header is straight at Carroll!
    • 59' Farfan gets to the by-line and pulls a cross back but Carroll scrambles the ball to safety.
    • 48' Huntelaar tries to catch Carroll by surprise with an early shot but it's just wide of the upright.
    • 45' Schlake hit Olympiacos on the counter-attack, with Draxler leading the charge, but the 19-year-old fierce's shot from the edge of the box flies over.
    • 35' Olympiacos break and it's 4 v 2 but Abdoun can't find a team-mate with his chipped cross!
    • 31' Farfan's shot is blocked and drops to Huntelaar but his fierce shot flashes inches wide of the far post!
    • 23' Fuchs goes for goal from the free-kick and Carroll pushes it round the post at full stretch!
    • 21' Draxler tries his luck with a looping shot from the left-hand corner of the box but it's straight into the arms of Carroll.
    • 19' Mitroglou peels away from his man to receive a cross-field pass before rolling the ball back to Abdoun but his shot from the edge of the box goes miles over the bar.
    • 11' So close! Holtby has a go from distance - his powerful shot flies past Carroll and crashes against the crossbar!
    • 6' Jones cuts in from the left and unleashes a curling shot but it drifts wide of Carroll left-hand post.
    • 4' Chance! Huntelaar nearly gives Schalke the lead after just four minutes but can't get enough on Fuchs' cross from the left!
    • 18:50 The teams are in! SCHALKE: Unnerstall, Howedes, Holtby, Jones, Papadopoulos, Farfan, Fuchs, Huntelaar, Draxler, Matip, Neustadter... Subs: Hildebrand, Escudero, Marica, Pukki, Metzelder, Barnetta, Kolasinac /// OLYMPIACOS: Carroll, Maniatis, Modesto, Machado, Mitroglou, Holebas, Siovas, Manolas, Greco, Torossidis, Abdoun... Subs: Megyeri, Ibagaza, Fejsa, Pantelic, Djebbour, Contreras, Fuster
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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Schalke 04

    Manager: Huub Stevens

  • Olympiacos

    Manager: Leonardo Jardim

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      Goalkeeper
      5.5 6
      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 5.4 5
      5.2 6
      Goal 6.9 8
      Midfielders
      4.6 6
      6 6
      5.9 7
      Substitution Out71′ 5.8 7
      Substitution Out89′ 5.6 7
      Strikers
      Substitution Out90′ 5.4 7
      Subs
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      5.2 5
      4.8 6
      Yellow Card 4.7 7
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out81′ 4.5 5
      4.4 6
      Substitution Out65′ 3.9 6
      Strikers
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      4 6
      Substitution Out74′ 4.7 7
      Subs
      Substitution In81′ 1 6
      Substitution In65′ 5.5 6
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