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September 13, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki — Pireás (Piraeus)
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 30040‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Olympiakos 0-1 Marseille

Lucho's second-half strike was the difference as the Ligue 1 outfit picked up a big victory in Greece

  • Franco Costanzo
    6
    5
    3.00

    Franco Costanzo

    Made a superb save from a stunning Cheyrou shot but enjoyed a largely quiet evening in goal. Had little chance with the goal.

  • François Modesto
    5
    7
    3.00

    François Modesto

    Struggled to make a really telling impact in this game, but did disrupt a number of visiting attacks. Often he would commit a foul in order to do so, though these didn’t hurt the home side.

  • Olof Mellberg
    24
    8
    3.50

    Olof Mellberg Top of the Match

    Showed his experience in the heart of the home defence, making a couple of crucial interceptions when it seemed the visitors might get in behind. Surprisingly managed to match the visiting players for pace. A strong showing.

  • Jose Holebas
    4
    6
    3.00

    Jose Holebas

    The left-back was faced with relatively untroubled by Morgan Amalfitano, who didn’t have the pace to get by him. Could have closed the right-sided player down a little quicker on occasion and didn’t offer a great deal going forward. Solid enough, though.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    6
    5
    3.00

    Vasilis Torosidis

    Marseille’s lack of a fit left winger meant that the Olympiakos captain had an easier night than he might have expected in normal circumstances. Beaten too easily in the lead up to the goal; his one big error of the evening.

  • Avraam Papadopoulos
    10
    7
    3.50

    Avraam Papadopoulos

    Cut out an outrageous number of promising crosses, largely because he took up clever positions in the box. Enjoyed a pretty steady match overall.

  • Ljubomir Fejsa
    6
    5
    3.00

    Ljubomir Fejsa

    The central midfielder was an impressive presence for the home team but would fade in the second period. Made his most telling contribution by getting to the byline and delivering a dangerous cut-back that was subsequently hit wide.

  • David Fuster
    5
    4
    2.50

    David Fuster

    Was one of the players withdrawn by Ernesto Valverde when he tried to change things around in the second half, and it was little wonder as the Spanish midfielder was the most underwhelming member of the attacking unit that posed so many problems early on.

  • Djamel Abdoun
    10
    7
    3.50

    Djamel Abdoun

    Extremely sprightly, but his play on the ball was often disappointing. His movement was clever, though and this helped unsettle the visiting rearguard. Quieter after the break, but fashioned the best of his side’s late opportunities.

  • Francisco Yeste
    7
    7
    3.50

    Francisco Yeste

    Dominated the game for long periods of the first half, controlling matters for Olympiakos as they flooded forward in a dangerous fashion. Looked bright and confident and was arguably the outstanding player on the field during the opening period, but he would fade disappointingly.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    9
    10
    3.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    A player well known to Marseille from his time in France, the Belgian offered a sporadic threat at the head of the home team’s offence. At times he lacked vision, electing to shoot when a pass was perhaps a better open, though he displayed some terrific individual skills too.

Substitutions

  • Ariel Miguel Ibagaza
    3
    5
    3.00

    Ariel Miguel Ibagaza

    Controlled matters in the dying stages, dictating impressively.

  • Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
    5
    5
    3.00

    Rafik Zoheir Djebbour

    Has been struggling with injury of late, but came off the bench to threaten on several occasions.

  • Steve Mandanda
    9
    2
    3.50

    Steve Mandanda

    Largely went untested in terms of serious shots at goal, but dominated his penalty box impressively. His handling from crosses was impeccable.

  • César Azpilicueta
    5
    3
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    The long throw expert looked vulnerable when attacked down his flank, not for the first time this season. Would have wished to be more assured defensively, particularly as he didn’t offer the kind of attacking threat that might have been expected of him.

  • N. N'Koulou
    4
    3
    2.50

    N. N'Koulou

    Making his bow at this illustrious level, and the youngster certainly found the going tough. His naivety was exposed regularly by the home team, and a big improvement is needed in this regard if OM are to truly compete for qualification.

  • Djimi Traore
    4
    2
    2.50

    Djimi Traore

    Playing his first game since near the start of 2011 following serious injury, the former Monaco man looked uncertain at left-back, getting caught on the ball and not reading the offside trap of his new team-mates.

  • Jérémy Morel
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jérémy Morel

    Making his Champions League debut, the summer signing was asked to play in an unaccustomed position in front of the left-back due to injuries. Delivered some wicked crosses, including the assist for Lucho, but wasn’t the same threat as Andre Ayew would have been. Made too many simple errors.

  • Souleymane Diawara
    3
    2
    3.00

    Souleymane Diawara

    Has been criticised for his poor start to the campaign and did little to silence his detractors in this encounter. Struggled to find any positional sense and was too keen to dive into challenges, though he did buckle up as the match wore on and was a pillar of strength in the closing stages. Missed two glorious chances to score.

  • Alou Diarra
    4
    4
    2.50

    Alou Diarra

    Asked to screen the defence in a sitting role, the France international looked extremely uncertain in the early stages, as if surprised by the pace of the game. Gradually started to break more play up, but wasn’t the commanding presence he’s been in the past.

  • Lucho González
    16
    3
    3.50

    Lucho González

    Was the man OM turned to for inspiration, and he was able to get in the ball regularly in the first half, though he lacked the ability to make a killer pass on this occasion. Tried to support Remy, but at times lacked a little for pace. Nevertheless, his timing was immaculate as ever and his finish for the goal was excellent.

  • Benoît Cheyrou
    10
    2
    3.50

    Benoît Cheyrou

    Out-muscled in the first half with almost disastrous consequences, the midfielder did all of his best work in an attacking sense, offering a threat at goal from range with some impressive shooting. This was a largely positive showing, but there’s room for better.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    5
    2
    2.50

    Morgan Amalfitano

    Another Champions League virgin in the Marseille ranks, he found the going a little tough down the right flank, where he lacked the pace to make a real impression. His crosses were good, and he always had an eye for a shot, even trying an effort from 45 yards out.

  • Loïc Remy
    13
    3
    3.50

    Loïc Remy

    Marseille’s outstanding player to this point of the season, and the striker was again lively at the head of the offence. Cracked the post with a firm hit in the first half, but he didn’t get the kind of supply he would have wished.

Substitutions

  • Rod Fanni
    6
    13
    1.00

    Rod Fanni Flop of the Match

    Silly red card towards the end of the game could have cost his side dearly.

  • Charles Kaboré
    4
    3
    0.00

    Charles Kaboré

    Came on in the closing stages.

  • Jordan Ayew
    11
    2
    3.00

    Jordan Ayew

    Replaced Remy in attack and offered energy, though he gave up possession too cheaply towards the death.

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Striker
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14 1
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10 1
Messi Messi
Striker
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8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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6 2