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5 December 2012
• Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 28128
G. Maniatis 64'
K. Mitroglou 73'
T. Rosický 38'
Olympiakos would argue a win over Arsenal tonight was nothing less than their performance warranted, with the hosts dominating most of the match. Arsenal took a lucky lead in the first half and held on to it for some time, but the Greeks had too much for them in the second half and subsequently got two goals to give them the three points. Arsenal finish second behind Schalke in Group B, while Olympiakos come in third, securing Europa League football.
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Yellow Card Marouane Chamakh
90' + 2'
Full time in Piraeus as Olympiakos pick up a 2-1 win over Arsenal, deservedly so.
Both teams exchanging possession like nothing. Very careless final few minutes.
Olympiakos on the front foot again, this time down the right as Ariel Ibagaza crosses from the right, but Vermaelen gets it away with what was probably his 1500th header of the night.
Arsenal have shown very little to suggest they will steal a late point in Piraeus.
Another promising Arsenal attack is wasted by Ramsey. Gervinho waited for support down the left, but instead of feeding in Angha round the outside, he opted to square to Ramsey, only for the Welshman to get tackled straight away.
Good driving run by Oxlade-Chamberlain as he gets into the area and then crosses in towards Chamakh, but the delivery is just a little too high for the Moroccan.
Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
Ariel Miguel Ibagaza
Lovely inter-change between Djebbour and Mitroglu down the left for Olympiakos, but a wayward pass outside the Arsenal area sees the attack break down.
Arsenal win a corner, somewhat fortuitously as Arshavin cuts inside on to his left foot, but it is blocked and goes behind.
Arsenal's attempts to clear the ball have been awful at times, certainly in the last few minutes, while their ball retention in the Olympiakos half is just as bad.
Gervinho has been very, very quiet in the second half, but he gets the ball and attacks down the left, drifting past Manolas before falling to the floor under pressure from the defender. Tame effort to win a decision there.
Arsenal posing few questions of the Olympiakos defence as Chamakh gets possession and then lazily gets tackled, giving the hosts the chance to attack down the left with Mitroglu.
Assist Vasilis Torosidis
Goal Konstantinos Mitroglou
GOAL!!! Olympiakos take the lead!! Mitroglu gets towards the Arsenal box before cutting back on himself, allowing two runners to draw defenders away from him before curling a magnificent effort into the bottom far corner. He had barely been on for two minutes!
Olympiakos certainly mean business as Mitroglu prepares to come on. They are very much looking in control here, and pushing for the winning goal.
What a chance for Djebbour! Machado gets free of Meade down the right yet again and plays in a fantastic cross between the backline and Szczesny, but Djebbour heads wide from a couple of yards out.
The home side have not yet been able to really capitalise on the equaliser just yet, but they are pushing.
Machado stands over the resulting free kick and fires it towards goal, but Szczesny gets down to his right and makes the save.
Yellow Card Sébastien Squillaci
Olympiakos throwing everything forward now and Djebbour almost has the chance to get on to the end of a long ball, but Squillaci brings the striker down. The defender gets a yellow card too.
Yellow Card Wojciech Szczesny
Goal Giannis Maniatis
GOAL!! Olympiakos equalise against Arsenal! Abdoun played in a high ball from deep and after an initial header from Machado, the ball fell to Maniatis at the far post and he poked it past Szczesny.
Great save Carroll! Arsenal caught Olympiakos on the counterattack yet again and the ball found its way to the Russian in the right side of the area, but his half-volley is saved well by Carroll, who gets his left hand to it.
Fuster on and involved immediatedly as Machado squares the ball to him and the Spaniard shoots left footed from the edge of the box, but Szczesny gathers.
What a chance for Olympiakos! Abdoun is forced to twist and turn to get away from the clingy Coquelin before prodding a great pass through to Fejsa, but the Serbian tried to toe-poke the shot with his right foot when the left would have worked far better, and he only finds the side netting.
Ramsey has not had a good game so far and he plays another wayward pass forward as he lofts the ball for Chamakh, but he had no chance with that.
Yellow Card Francis Coquelin
We are seeing a lot of fouls in the centre of the pitch and this time the referee hands out a yellow card as Coquelin catches Abdoun.
Arsenal counter well and Chamakh produces a very good cross from the right wing, but Arshavin can only head over.
This time it is the Greek side who have a free kick as Squillaci bulldozes Greco to the ground. Perhaps lucky to escape a yellow card.
Yellow Card Ljubomir Fejsa
Chamakh meets Ramsey's free kick on the edge of the area, but he was too far out to cause Carroll any real difficulty.
Arsenal have themselves another free kick from deep, this time as Oxlade-Chamberlain is hauled down by Manolas.
Manolas does well to hold off Coquelin before slipping a pass through to Machado, but his shot was telegraphed and Vermaelen blocks it.
Ramsey picks out Arshavin on the left and he volleys a cross into the area, inviting Squillaci to challenege the goalkeeper, but the referee feels he did so unfairly.
Olympiakos attempt a break-away from their area, but Maniatis gives away a free kick.
Off we go for the second half
The Gunners have certainly rode their luck in the first half, with Olympiakos undoubtedly the better side so far. Djamel Abdoun has impressed in particular for the Greek champions, while few players have stood out for Arsenal. Currently Arsene Wenger's side will finish top of Group B, with Schalke still drawing against Montpellier.
Halftime in Greece and Arsenal go into the break 1-0 up.
Olympiakos and their fans less than pleased with the referee. Torosidis and Jenkinson both go for the ball with high feet, but despite going down supposedly hurt, Undiano Mallenco gives Arsenal the free kick.
Abdoun's corner goes way too deep and Szczesny catches, and comfortably so.
The home side look desperate to level the scores before the break as Torosidis hares down the left, but a Jenkinson tackle sees the ball out of play. Corner.
Olympiakos almost pull one back immediately! Machado got in down the right and played a good, low ball into the area, but a hand from Szczesny sees it go just behind Djebbour.
Goal Tomas Rosicky
GOAL!! Arsenal have the lead, against the run of play. Gervinho did well as he gets down the byline, but instead of crossing, cuts the ball back and then passes to the edge of the area where Rosicky calmly strokes the ball into the corner of the goal.
I've lost count of how many counterattacks Arsenal have wasted, but there's another. Gervinho runs towards to the area with Chamakh as company, but instead of slipping the forward in he is tackled.
Abdoun gets himself into the left side of the area again and shoots towards the far post, but it whistles just wide of Szczesny's post. Whether that was a cross or shot, it was a good effort.
Arsenal looked to have opened up a good opportunity on the break, with a three-on-four attack, but Chamakh runs straight into the first defender. Useless.
Jenksinson looks to spring a counterattack himself, but as he marches down the right he realises he is all alone and Torosidis steals the ball.
Abdoun tries to dink a clever pass into the area and it almost comes off, but it is just too heavy for Djebbour and Szczesny collects.
The home side are having the better of the possession so far and Arsenal don't look as dangerous as they did at the start.
Arsenal attempt to break down the left, but after Gervinho loses the ball to Contreras, Rosicky then clatters the Chilean defender.
Abdoun brilliantly turns away from Rosicky before surging between Ramsey and Coquelin, then cutting back and picking out Torosidis at the far post, but the defender's shot is one typical of a full-back as it goes well over.
Abdoun's corner is much better this time as it meets Djebbour near the front post, but Szczesny catches the striker's header.
Good save by Szczesny! Abdoun was involved yet again as he latched on to a clever pass from Greco before shooting from the corner of the area, but the goalkeeper turns it round the post.
Very end-to-end stuff so far, but the final ball has been poor for both sides until now.
Abdoun whips the corner into the danger area and the ball is steered towards goal, but cleared off the line by Rosicky.
Olympiakos get themselves another corner as Machado tries to play Djebbour in, but Vermaelen puts the ball behind.
Another good chance for Arsenal as Chamakh runs in behind the Olympiakos defence and beats Carroll, but the striker's touch is so poor that the ball goes out for a goal kick.
What a chance for Ramsey! Oxlade Chamberlain delivers a great ball from the right and Chamakh heads it down for Ramsey, but the Welshman catches the ball under his feet as he swings a volley and the attack fades away.
Greco uses the ball well in midfield again, picking out Machado on the right flank, but the Portuguese player's low cross is easily cleared by Vermaelen.
Greco's free kick from deep is not particularly good as it is immediately headed away by Arsenal, and then Manolas fouls Chamakh to prevent a counterattack.
Olympiakos looking the more likely to score at the moment, with Abdoun particularly dangerous in the midfield as Greco wins a promising free kick in the Arsenal half.
Great interception by Vermaelen! Abdoun caused problems again, getting down to the byline before cutting the ball back into the area, but the Belgian got a foot in just before Djebbour could poke the ball goalwards.
Olympiakos' corner is similarly poor as Abdoun's delivery hits the first man, Machado, comes back to him and then crosses to no one. What a waste.
Arsenal give away a cheap corner as Squillaci heads a long ball behind despite very little pressure.
But they don't have it for long as this time Rosicky bursts into the area before passing to his right, but Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross - or shot - is dreadful and the pressure is relieved.
Excellent counter by Arsenal as Gervinho gets through the middle and picks out a good pass to Chamakh in the area, but the Moroccan tumbles to the floor and Olympiakos have the ball again.
We have our first shot of the night as Abdoun plays a nice one-two with Djebbour before shooting from range, but the ball is deflected into Szczesny's arms.
The hosts take possession on the right and Maniatis attempts to play Machado in down the right, but the diminutive Meade gets back to clear the ball.
Olympiakos win themselves a free kick just outside their own penalty area and former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll takes the kick.
Olympiakos have their first period of meaningful possession, stroking the ball around most notably in defence, but then a long ball strays through to Szczesny.
Good start by Arsenal as Gervinho plays Rosicky in down the left before cutting the ball back to Oxlade-Chamberlain. Eventually it falls to Gervinho again, but he lashes his shot unsurprisingly wide.
We're off in Greece.
The teams are currently in the tunnel with kick-off a few minutes away.
And the Arsenal team is: Szczesny; Jenkinson, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Meade; Rosicky, Coquelin; Chamberlain, Ramsey, Gervinho; Chamakh. Subs: Shea, Arshavin, Angha, Ansah, Hajrovic, Monteiro, Akpom
First of all, here is the Olympiakos team for tonight: Carroll, Maniatis, Machado, Conteras, Manolas, Torossidis, Fejsa, Diakite, Greco, Abdoun, Djebbour. Subs: Megyeri; Fuster, Siovas, Fetfatzidis, Ibagaza; Pantelic, Mitroglou
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! play-by-play of the Champions League group B match between Olympiakos and Arsenal. My name is Ryan Benson, and I will be describing the action for you tonight.
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