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UEFA Champions League
October 2, 2013
• Stade Constant Vanden Stock, Bruxelles (Brussel)
Referee: T. Hagen
• Attendance: 15918
K. Mitroglou 17', 56', 72'
FULL TIME: Anderlecht 0-3 Olympiakos. Kostas Mitroglou's opportunist hat-trick pushes the Greeks off the foot of Group C, but the result arguably didn't reflect the run of play as Anderlecht will be desperately disappointed not to have made their possession of the ball count. Nonetheless, it's the Greeks who prevail, and it's goodbye from me, Livio Caferoglu!
Olympiakos have a great chance to make it 4-0 through Weiss, who twists and turns his way past a series of Anderlecht shirts, but Kasminski does well to get down low and gather the Slovak's shot.
N'Dinga is again penalised by the referee, this time for a foul on Tielemans on the edge of the box. The teenager, however, steps up and rifles his free kick way over Roberto's goal to rule out any notion of a dramatic Champions League story.
Kljestan links up beautifully with Suarez on the edge of the box, as he flicks the ball to the striker, yet the Argentine cannot keep his volley down.
Anderlecht are presented with a consolation prize as N'Dinga gives away a free kick in a promising position. However, Kljestan flatters to deceive with his set-piece delivery once more.
Dominguez picks up a knock after just 20 minutes of action and is promptly replaced by Holebas, who is adjudged offside moments after he is introduced.
The Anderlecht players look like they've given up now, as Suarez and Tielemans concede fouls on the back of eachother, while their general play has slowed down to that of a training session.
Bruno whips a free kick at goal after Mitrovic is hacked down by Manolas, and it is blocked for a corner. However, the move breaks down.
Assist David Fuster
Goal Konstantinos Mitroglou
He may not have been at his dazzling best, but Saviola deserves his standing ovation as he is replaced by countryman Dominguez. The fancy flicks and tricks were all on show tonight, including a crafty assist for the opening goal. Meanwhile, Praet hits a speculative attempt high and wide.
SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!!! The American midfielder sees his free kick bounce off the wall, and within seconds the ball finds itself in the back of the Anderlecht net as Fuster releases Mitroglou, who takes a couple of precise touches before bending a sensational finish past Kaminski to register his hat-trick!
Anderlecht continue to plug away at the Greek resistance, and they are rewarded for their efforts as they now have a free kick from the D. Can Kljestan pull one back for the hosts?
This really has been the perfect example of a smash-and-grab from the Greek champions, who have started the season in fine style - barring their rude awakening to the Champions League this season against PSG. They have played the counterattack to devastating effect, despite allowing their opponents to take the game to them for most part.
Anderlecht have another penalty appeal turned down as Siovas is alleged to have brought down Kljestan in the box, but Olympiakos hit back at break-neck speed, although Weiss is ruled offside on the right wing.
Maniatis has been superb at the back for Olympiakos tonight. Again he throws his body at the ball and wins his side a goal kick, despite Kljestan's rebuttals.
Manolas nicks the ball off Suarez, who steadies himself for a shot, but Anderlecht waste the short corner. Nevertheless, Maniatis blocks off N'Sakala for another bite at the cherry, but it amounts to nothing - well a free kick against Weiss!
Assist Delvin Ndinga
Goal Konstantinos Mitroglou
WELL, WELL, WELL... !! Anderlecht have dearly suffered for their profligacy now as N'Dinga's floated pass over the top is well taken on the deck by Mitroglou, and the striker hits his second on the half-volley to deflate the Belgians in devastating fashion!
Mitrovic must surely be counting down the seconds to full-time now, as AGAIN he fluffs a glorious opportunity from a one-on-one, which Roberto shuts out by dashing quick off his line!
THE CHANCES KEEP ON COMING BUT STILL NO ANDERLECHT REPRIEVE! Bruno eases past Bong with a quick shimmy and feeds Suarez with a slide-rule pass, but the Argentine - in a great position with the goal gaping - fires wide of Roberto!
Bruno is cautioned by the referee for a silly foul near the Anderlecht area, yet Siovas is adjudged offside for embarking on his near-post run too early from the free kick.
Yellow Card Massimo Bruno
Weiss leads an instant counter after collecting the ball near the centre-circle and tries to take on his man multiple times, yet his strike is blocked and Mitroglou - who receives the eventual cross - can only float his finish over the bar from a tight angle.
Tielemans powers a fantastic free-kick towards goal, which Roberto parries away, yet the rebound falls to Gillet, but the right-back inexplicably cuts the ball back to an opposition defender despite having the goal at his mercy!
N'Sakala charges forward and wins his side a free kick on the edge of the box after being shunted off the ball by Samaris.
We're back out for the second half, with Anderlecht already looking to force through the issue!
The whistle is blown for half-time in Brussels, with the score Anderlecht 0-1 Olympiakos! Coverage will resume in 15 minutes for the second period.
Yellow Card Fabrice N'Sakala
N'Sakala incurs a very soft booking after appearing to go hard into Samaris, yet the Greek stopper makes a meal of the foul with his reaction.
Anderlecht are awarded a free kick through Mitrovic in a dangerous position, just outside the box on the left-hand side, but Suarez's effort lacks conviction and curls harmlessly over the bar.
Praet has been arguably the most involved player on the pitch this half, as he concedes a free kick for a foul on Weiss, before winning a set-piece in quick succession for taking a knock off Bong.
Meanwhile, Anderlecht break at the speed of light following Olaizan's failed foray into the box from Saviola's pass, and Bruno shows electric pace to take his man on and win a corner. However, the resulting strike from Suarez is high, wide and not at all handsome.
Mitrovic is demanding another penalty to be awarded as he is convinced his towering header is blocked by hand, but replays show it would have been incredibly harsh decision to give the spot-kick.
Mitroglou seems very alert tonight, with service coming at a premium, as he makes a quick dash into the box, but his touch is poor and the ball rolls off for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Kostas Manolas
Olympiakos accumulate their third yellow card as Manolas, who has been given the run-around by Praet this evening, is again caught out by the young attacker and must pull his opponent back, despite suspicions that he may have been the last man.
Suarez heads into the path of Mitrovic, who appears clear through on goal, but in a flash Siovas flies in with a strong intervention for the corner rather than the equaliser!
Tielemans continues to grow on the international stage with a performance that certainly defies his tender age. Again, he shows the desired composure to scoop up a visionary through ball for Praet, who stretches but can't keep his sliding volley down!
Yellow Card Giannis Maniatis
Maniatis is shown a yellow card for his cynical tug of Suarez's shirt, and teenager Tielemans looks to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo with his free-kick which dips and swerves but not enough to outdo Roberto.
Missed Penalty Aleksandar Mitrović
Penalty save Roberto
HE MISSES!!! It's easy to say but Mitrovic just didn't look confident during his run-up. The Serbian sends a tame spot-kick to the left, and Roberto is equal and even manages to get his hands to the ball!
Yellow Card Andreas Samaris
PENALTY TO ANDERLECHT! A third corner in a row is awarded to John van den Brom's side, and again Samaris marks Kljestan and hauls his opponent to the ground. Mitrovic now has the chance to fire Anderlecht back onto level terms!
Anderlecht are furious as the referee ignores a case of shirt-pulling in the box, with Samaris tugging back Kljestan from a corner. Will the Belgians live to rue that failed decision?
Mitroglou's confidence seems to be going from strength to strength here, as he sees a shot from distance swerve just over the crossbar.
ALMOST AN INSTANT REPLY!! Suarez marauds towards the Olympiakos D in a bid to quickly restore parity, but his bending effort is well tipped around the post by Roberto!
Assist Javier Saviola
Goal Konstantinos Mitroglou
GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!! Olympiakos draw first blood thanks to Mitroglou, as Weiss cuts inside from the right-hand side and lays off Saviola, and the Argentine receives the ball off a ricochet and advances into the box before pulling back for the No.9, who clinically finishes from a matter of yards out!
Suarez is fortunate to win a free kick on the edge of the box from Maniatis, and from that N'Sakala whips a flighted ball which Roberto haplessly swipes at, yet Nuytinck - on the rebound - can only steer his finish wide of the target!
Again another great move by Anderlecht! Mitrovic is causing all sorts of problems here with his eye for goal, as his floated cross is missed by Bong but drops to Bruno, who unluckily fires a clean volleyed strike into side-netting.
WHAT A CHANCE! Anderlecht should be one-up here, but Kaminski does well enough to put off Praet from poking the ball beyond him after running onto an inch-perfect Mitrovic cross!
The danger is soon averted when Suarez upends Maniatis, but in an instant, Bong is flagged offside to kill another Olympiakos attack.
The corner does indeed eventually fall to an Olympiakos shirt, but Samaris can only hit his half-volleyed effort high over the bar. Another chance goes begging early on!
Weiss and Olaitan look very lively in these opening exchanges, and already they have switched flanks. However, on both occasions they have won their team corners, they have been wasted.
Having seen a replay of that chance, Mitrovic - the hosts' record signing - will be mightily disappointed not to have done better. In hindsight, he probably should have taken that shot first time rather than attempt to cut inside with his right foot. Meanwhile, Suarez is flagged offside.
Only three minutes in and we have our first breakthrough, as Maniatis is caught in possession high up the pitch, but Olympiakos do just enough to deny an onrushing Mitrovic, who is found with a through pass on the edge of the box, from firing his side into the lead!
We're under way, with Olympiakos commencing proceedings, going from right-to-left.
While we're warming up for the big kick-off in Brussels, it'll be a big occasion - regardless of the result - for Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans who is just 16 years and 148 days old, making him the third youngest player to ever feature in the Champions League!
The two basement boys lock horns at the Constant Vanden Stock tonight, with Anderlecht crumbling to a 2-0 defeat at Benfica last time out. Olympiakos, meanwhile, fell away 4-1 to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
And in the away corner, Olympiakos: Roberto; Maniatis, Manolas, Siovas, Bong; N'Dinga, Samaris; Weiss, Mitroglou, Olaitan; Saviola.
Right, the teams are in! First up, we have Anderlecht: Kaminski; N'Sakala, Nuytinck, Kouyate, Gillet; Praet, Kljestan, Tielemans, Bruno; Mitrovic, Suarez.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Champions League! I'm Livio Caferoglu and I'll be your host this evening for the Group C clash between Anderlecht and Olympiakos.
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