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UEFA Champions League
November 21, 2012
• Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Referee: B. Kuipers
• Attendance: 52254
C. Fuchs 77'
And that's it in Germany. Fuchs' stunning effort confirms Schalke's progression into the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Olympiakos will have to settle for a place in the Europa League. I'm Ben McAleer and I hope you've enjoyed the match coverage from tonight's game. Have a spiffing evening.
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Olympiakos continuing to commit men forward and it's a surprise that Schalke haven't made them pay. Marica is played in, but an excellent late challenge from Siovas see's the ball thumped for a corner.
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Farfan with a superb through ball for Marica. He picks out Pukki, but instead of squaring to his teammate, goes alone and see's his effort blocked by Carroll.
Into four minutes of added time now in Germany.
Ibagaza looking to make things happen for the Greek side and feeds into Machado, However, his effort is weak and Unnerstall holds.
Schalke's Barnetta is sporting a moustache that will rival even Michael Owen.
Olympiakos are committing men forward, but leave themselves suspect at the back. Pukki is picked out in space, only for his low drive to be smothered by Carroll.
Schalke look to counter as Draxler picks out Huntelaar. The Dutchman has one thing on his mind, but is denied his fifth Champions League goal by Carroll.
Replay's show that Fuchs took the muted celebration approach before going a little bit mental after realising he'd actually scored a beauty.
Carroll does well to deny Draxler, who must've thought he'd doubled Schalke's advantage. Hope still remains for Olympiakos.
Schalke appeal for a penalty, with Farfan claiming Holebas handled in the area. Replays clearly show the Olympiakos left-back headed away.
Schalke are pushing for a second to kill the game off as substitute Pukki fires over.
Goal Christian Fuchs
A stunning strike from Fuchs, who finds the bottom corner from 25 yards out after being picked out by Jones. Carroll caught flat footed, but it's nothing less than Schalke deserve.
Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
Olympiakos have realised they can attack Schalke. A penalty shout for a foul on Abdoun is turned away before Papadopoulos - who else - clears after a dangerous ball into the box.
After a minor spell of attacking pressure, Olympiakos are on the back foot once again.
Machado with the first real attempt for Olympiakos. He cuts onto his right and looks to beat Unnerstall at the near post. The Schalke 'keeper claws out of play before the hosts can clear from the corner.
Farfan is picked out in the box. He cuts onto his left and just as he is about to pull the trigger, he's robbed of possession by Holebas. He isn't done there, however, as the Olympiakos left-back manages to block Jones' follow up. Superb defending.
Olympiakos just cannot get their foot on the ball. They're really struggling to retain possession.
Draxler goes for a speculative half volley from 30 yards out. His looks to test Carroll, but his effort drifts horribly wide.
Draxler feeds into Holtby on his weaker right foot. To the right of goal, his effort is blasted over the bar from close range.
Schalke are starting to crank up the pressure again, with Holtby coming back into play after disappearing for much of the second half.
Huntelaar should've scored. Draxler breaks to the byline and lofts to the Dutchman. His header from six yards out is straight at Carroll, who again holds and alleviates the pressure.
Jones and Farfan link up well and the former delivers across the box. Carroll, again, is on hand to mop up the danger.
Dangerous free-kick for Schalke as Farfan delivers. He picks out Papadopoulos, but his header is weak and gathered by Carroll.
Huntelaar picks out Farfan on the right. The winger drives to the byline and delivers a low, driving cross, only for Carroll to clear expertly.
Carroll almost caught out as he knocks the ball away from Jones. The Olympiakos is now down holding his shin and receiving treatment on the pitch following the coming together with the Schalke midfielder.
Schalke certainly lacking the attacking imputes they showed in the first-half. Looking more flat in the opening 11 minutes of the half.
Machado looks to loft a ball over the top, only for Mitroglou to be flagged for offside. Right call by the linesman.
Traveling Olympiakos fans in good voice in Germany.
Draxler continuing to cause problems on the left, but he runs out of room and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
Torosidis picks out Mitroglou in the 18 yard box. He holds up well and attempts to turn, only to be tackled by Matip.
Olympiakos just cannot get out of their own half in the opening exchanges and after Schalke work the ball out to Fuchs, can briefly relax as Carroll plucks his cross out of the air.
Neustadter picks out Draxler. He cleverly looks to play in Huntelaar, but Olympiakos clear.
Very scrappy start to the second 45 for both teams.
And we're underway in the second half.
Both teams on the pitch for the second half with Zombie Nation blaring out across the tannoy.
Second half coming up shortly. Stats show that Schalke have been the stronger of the two sides, having had 55% possession and 12 attempts compared to Olympiakos' three/
However, it would be foolish to write off Olympiakos, who have had their moments on the counter attack. Booking for Holebas will be problematic and the hosts will likely attack the left-back in the second half.
Schalke certainly the stronger of the two sides in the opening half, Holtby crashing an effort against the bar and Draxler blasting just over. However, they are yet to properly test Carroll, something that has angered head coach Huub Stevens at the interval.
The referee allows just 15 seconds of added time and blows for half time in Germany.
Abdoun looks to break down the left, but runs into danger in the form of Papadopoulos. Schalke break through Draxler, who comes close with his effort only to fire over.
The game has certainly slowed down, with both teams seemingly content to head into half-time level.
Farfan attempts to pick out Papadopoulos from the free kick, but Olympiakos clear the danger.
Yellow Card Jose Holebas
Holtby picks out Farfan on the right and the Schalke winger does well to win a free kick.
And it's Olympiakos' chance to attack. Holtby gives away a free-kick on the far byline.
Yellow Card Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Extended spell of pressure from Schalke as Fuchs cross from the left is knocked out for a throw in on the opposite side. Olympiakos weather the storm and clear.
Meanwhile, Schalke counter from an Olympiakos corner. Farfan on the right picks out Draxler with a pin point cross field pass. The youngster cuts inside and targets the near post, but fires just wide.
A sweeping counter attack from Olympiakos leaves Schalke short at the back. However, Maniatis can't quite get on the end of the cross and the hosts clear.
Fuchs gets the better of Torosidis on the left and does well to get his cross away. Olympiakos, however, manage to clear.
Reckless challenge from Draxler on Machado and the young Schalke midfielder receives a warning from the referee.
Had Huntelaar netted with his effort, it would've been his fifth goal in as many Champions League group games.
Huntelaar comes close. Farfan's effort is blocked into the Dutchman's path. He fires across goal, but his shot drifts a yard wide of the far post.
Maniatis tries to work an opening, but Schalke clear with ease.
Holebas is hesitant in possession and gives Farfan an opening. The latter challenges, but the ball floats through the Carroll, who catches easily.
Schalke are certainly growing into the game and you feel it is only a matter of time before they take the initiative.
Farfan wins possession and feeds into Huntelaar. The Dutchman holds up well and lays off to Neustadter, but his effort is blocked and rolls out for a corner.
Ball is cleared only as far as Draxler, who tries to test Carroll from 30 yards out. His effort is deflected and the Olympiakos shot-stopper does well to prevent a corner.
Some excellent one touch passing from Schalke and Holtby looks to break down the right. He's fouled by Modesto and wins a free kick for the hosts.
Farfan delivers, but Olympiakos soak up the pressure and win a goal kick.
Fuchs' free-kick is lofted over the wall, but Carroll gets across well and tips around the post for a corner.
Huntelaar is caught by Greco and wins Schalke a free-kick just outside the 18-yard box.
Draxler attempts to take on Torosidis and he gets his shot away. Carroll gathers comfortably, however.
Abdoun and Holebas link up well on the left, but the latter can't find a way past Howedes.
Abdoun helps the ball onto Mitroglou, who attempts a speculative effort from 35 yards out. His shot is blocked and rolls through to Unnerstall, however.
Holtby floats a ball into the box, by Carroll easily gathers.
The Greek side counter and front-man Mitroglou is picked out by Torosidis. The ball is fed back to Abdoun, who blasts over. Should've done better in his position.
Olympiakos have certainly settled well this evening. Very disciplined when they need to be.
Machado does well to skip past a challenge and instigate an Olympiakos attack, but his pass inside is weak and easily gathered.
Papadopoulos has been a rock at the back for Schalke thus far.
End-to-end stuff in Germany at the moment, but it's Schalke who have come closest to opening the score - Holtby's strike crashing against the bar before Carroll alleviates the pressure for the visitors.
Holtby crashes an effort against the bar. The youngster receives the ball in the middle of the park and is given the time and space to fire his shot away. Stunning strike.
After early pressure from Olympiakos, it's Schalke that appear comfortable on the ball as they look to test the Greek side.
Second successive corner is headed away by Papadopoulous and it finds Farfan. However, he can't find a way through the Olympiakos midfield and the visitors continue to press the Schalke goal.
Papadopoulous heads behind for a corner, but Schalke are able to clear and the ball finds its way back to Carroll.
Farfan receives the ball and the right and holds up well. He plays into the centre for Jones, but opens his body too much and curls around the post for a goal kick.
Meanwhile, at the other end Huntelaar fluffs an easy opportunity over the ball. All he had to do was connect and it would've been 1-0 to the hosts. Roy Carroll is, understandably, furious at his defence with that one. Huge let off for Olympiakos.
A hopeful punt up field for Mitroglou is flagged offside for the visitors.
Metroglou tries to break through for Olympiakos, but is shut down by compatriot Papadopoulos.
Greek side controlling the ball and knocking around the backline comfortably early on.
And it's Olympiakos who get us underway in Germany.
Both teams are now on their way out at the Veltins-Arena
A win tonight for the hosts will guarantee them qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Olympiakos left-back Holebas was actually born in Germany, but opted to represent Greece at international level.
A few pre-match facts for y'all: Huntelaar is the only player to have scored in every Champions League group stage match day thus far.
Tonight's visitors are the in form team heading into the encounter, having won five of their last six games in all competitions. Meanwhile, Schalke have won just three, losing two.
Meanwhile, Olympiakos look like this: Carroll, Maniatis, Modesto, Machado, Holebas, Manolas, Torossidis, Siovas, Greco, Abdoun, Mitroglou.
Some pre-match team news on the way. First up is the hosts, who line up: Unnerstall, Howedes, Papadopoulos, Fuchs, Matip, Holtby, Jones, Draxler, Neustadter, Farfan, Huntelaar.
Good evening all, I'm Ben McAleer and I'll be elegantly guiding you through the Champions League Group B encounter between FC Schalke 04 and Olympiakos.
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