Very unconvincing when defending crosses, and was lucky that a foul was called when he lost out to Papadopoulos in an aerial duel.
Sent in one or two promising deliveries from deep positions, and was solid when defending in his half of the field.
Strong in the air, especially on set pieces, and did a decent job of marking Huntelaar in the first half. He could have positioned himself slightly better when defending on counterattacks though.
Pedestrian at times in the middle of the park, and struggled to get back on the counter attack. Beaten too easily by Barnetta on one instance.
Took charge of most of the free-kicks today, but his deliveries, while decent, were often met by a Schalke head first. A little static in the attacking third as he did not often look to overlap.
Whatever good defensive work he had done previously was set to be ruined after he fouled Barnetta and gave away a penalty. However, his blushes were spared by Huntelaar, who missed.
The best avenue forward for the Greeks in the opening exchanges. He was able to wriggle free on the left flank on a few occasions, but his teammates were not able to make the most of his penetration. Faded thereafter.
There were moments when he looked like breaking free and causing real damage on the break, and his endeavor was rewarded when he popped up to finish off a loose ball for Olympiakos’ goal. Howedes had to keep an eye on him whenever the hosts were in possession.
Started the match brightly, and was efficient in the middle, without ever setting the world on fire.
Largely irrelevant in an advanced midfield role for long spells. Did not really provide the penetration that his side sorely needed from that position.
Looked to get himself in dangerous positions often, but lacked a bit of cutting edge as Schalke’s diligent marking made it hard for him to find any real kinds of space in the first half, though his fortunes improved after the break, and the slightest of touches set up his side’s first goal. Was his side’s main danger main in the closing stages.
Relatively untroubled between the posts, and could do nothing about Olympiakos’ goal.
Busy and active, Howedes was not afraid to step outside the area and confront attackers when in range. Opened the scoring with a header from a corner, though he would have wished he kept his balance for the hosts’ goal.
One sloppy defensive header aside, he stuck to his task well and made sure that Olympiakos did not find any joy down his flank.
Largely sub-par in the first half, but came alive after the break, overlapping with purpose and providing a good cog in the offensive third of the field.
A quite superb, lock down game in the heart of the defence. Was often the last man back, and made more than one last-ditch challenge to halt danger in its tracks. Was imperious in the ari as well when defending a host of set-pieces sent in towards his box.
After a fairly tepid first half, his shift to a more central position after the break paid dividends as he won a penalty and proved himself to be a constant menace.
A very positive performance in the middle of the park. He sat deep and was able to break up a number of Olympiakos attacks, through his direct intervention or from assisting a teammate in pressuring off the ball.
Barged around with the energy that we have come to expect from him. Picked up a yellow card for his troubles, but his intimidation in the middle of the park was key for Schalke in protecting their advantage.
Drifted ever wider as the match wore on, and his deliveries from the flanks caused the hosts a few problems. His set pieces were key too, and a first half corner assisted Howedes’ opener.
Energetic in the middle, and though not spectacular, did his job effectively, and put in a shift both on and off the ball.
Missed with a pair of headers from close range, and also failed from the penalty spot. But all that matter little as Huntelaar did what he does best, sweeping home an emphatic finish to put his side ahead, right after Olympiakos had levelled the scores.