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November 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 52254‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Schalke 1-0 Olympiakos

Goal.com was on hand to evaluate all of the players involved in Gelsenkirchen, as a narrow victory was enough to see the Bundesliga side through to the next round

By Patrick Gleeson

  • Lars Unnerstall
    15
    1
    3.00

    Lars Unnerstall

    Probably the quietest game that he has ever had up until the 70th minute, when a thump from Machado took an awkward bounce just in front of the keeper, who had to claw the ball out of play.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    20
    3
    2.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    A solid display at the back whenever called upon, but squeezed off the ball by the visitors' compact midfield whenever he tried to venture forward.

  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    17
    5
    2.50

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos

    Completely bossed the first half by taking advantage of his powerful frame and positional intelligence. However, the 20-year old had next to nothing to do in the second half and picked up a needless booking.

  • Christian Fuchs
    23
    3
    3.50

    Christian Fuchs

    He was given far too much room to line up a shot from range which ultimately rippled the back of the net and won the game.

  • Joel Matip
    13
    3
    3.00

    Joel Matip

    Tried to help his offensive players by pushing forward whenever possible but to no avail. Very reliable at the back and cut out a vital pass which stopped the ball from getting through to Abdoun.

  • Lewis Holtby
    13
    3
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Rattled the bar in the early stages of the game and continued to trouble the defenders with his movement. Despite seeming to disappear during a period in the second half, he continued to try his luck at goal with a number of strikes before being replaced.

  • Jermaine Jones
    13
    2
    3.00

    Jermaine Jones

    Had the opportunity to curl the ball home to put his side ahead early on, but opened his body up too much and sent it wide of the goal.

  • Jefferson Agustin Farfán
    11
    2
    3.00

    Jefferson Agustin Farfán

    Showed flashes of brilliance when running at the Olympiakos defence. His second-half performance did not mirror that of the first 45 minutes but he will be very pleased with his display.

  • Julian Draxler
    28
    2
    3.50

    Julian Draxler

    The 19-year old was lively throughout the first half but was by no means clinical when it came to finishing his chances. His pace and determination to beat the full-backs proved too much for the Greek side to handle and he was a major influence in all attacks.

  • Roman Neustädter
    17
    1
    3.50

    Roman Neustädter

    Did his job with minimum fuss, neatly retaining possession and spraying the ball wide whenever possible. He did well to break up opposition attacks and was often at the heart of his team's counterattacking moves.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    12
    12
    2.00

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Flop of the Match

    An early miss from a matter of yards out set the tone for the Netherlands international. A perfect cross from Draxler put the ball on a plate for him, only for the usually reliable striker to nod straight at Carroll. A night to forget.

Substitutions

  • Tranquillo Barnetta
    6
    1
    2.00

    Tranquillo Barnetta

    Only had a few minutes to stretch his legs after replacing the lively Julian Draxler.

  • Ciprian Marica
    5
    1
    2.00

    Ciprian Marica

    Took the place of Huntelaar in the 90th minute.

  • Teemu Pukki
    7
    2
    2.00

    Teemu Pukki

    An ambitious strike was the best that the substitute managed to muster in this fixture, although his movement allowed him to have a dig at goal deep into stoppage time.

  • Roy Carroll
    14
    4
    4.00

    Roy Carroll Top of the Match

    Had a comfortable first half as a result of the host’s sloppy finishing, with only a dangerous Fuchs free kick to deal with. He also made a good stop with his feet to deny Farfan’s drilled shot.

  • François Modesto
    2
    1
    2.50

    François Modesto

    Struggled throughout and notably in the opening period. He was obviously frustrated with the ease in which the opposition beat him and had a naughty kick at Farfan.

  • Jose Holebas
    3
    2
    2.00

    Jose Holebas

    The highlight of Holebas' game was when the home side began to pepper Roy Carroll with shots, but he made a number a brave blocks to keep the German side at bay.

  • Dimitris Siovas
    2
    1
    2.50

    Dimitris Siovas

    Did his best to halt the major attacks on his goal but failed to grasp his usual positional awareness. A bad day at the office for Siovas.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    4
    1
    2.50

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Played a part in an attack which almost opened the scoring when his clever, diagonal pass found Mitroglou, who laid it off for Abdoun, but he could only blast over.

  • Giannis Maniatis
    3
    2
    2.50

    Giannis Maniatis

    Won a fair amount of headers against Huntelaar and strived to get the ball down and play it, but the movement of Schalke's frontline troubled the defender for the entire game.

  • Paulo Machado
    1
    2
    2.00

    Paulo Machado

    Cracking shot stung the palms of Unnerstall but overall a quiet game for him. He caused trouble on a couple of occasions when his drilled crosses flashed across the face of goal.

  • Leandro Greco
    0
    2
    2.00

    Leandro Greco

    Looked sloppy in possession and gave away a couple of needless fouls when the easy option was available. He was eventually replaced by Fuster in a game he will want to forget about.

  • Djamel Abdoun
    7
    0
    3.00

    Djamel Abdoun

    Wasted the best chance of the opening period when he rifled the ball over the bar early on, but was without a doubt the away side’s main threat for the entire game. His willingness to run at the Schalke defence was something to be admired and he was more than happy to help out with defending when needed.

  • Konstantinos Mitroglou
    8
    2
    3.00

    Konstantinos Mitroglou

    Created space for himself due to his incredible work-rate but ultimately had nothing to show for it. He will be frustrated with the lack of clear-cut chances that were carved out by the team.

Substitutions

  • Ariel Miguel Ibagaza
    4
    1
    2.50

    Ariel Miguel Ibagaza

    Did not get much time to show what he is about.

  • David Fuster
    2
    2
    2.50

    David Fuster

    Thrown on to the pitch when his team had their backs against the wall but he was unable to stop the inevitable.

  • Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
    5
    1
    2.50

    Rafik Zoheir Djebbour

    Almost had an instant impact from the bench but his shot was fired wildly over. He did not get a lot of opportunities to impress as the action was largely at the other end of the field.

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