Leagues & Cups
All Leagues & Cups
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
FIFA Club World Cup
Copa del Rey
WC Qualification Europe
WC Qualification South America
Women's Super League
UEFA Women's Champions League
Football on TV
Pick Your Language
Pick Your English Edition
Other English editions
Other English editions
United Arab Emirates
0 - 1
A. Lacazette (81)
Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki
Olympiakos Piraeus v Arsenal Live Commentary,
Brought to you by
90' + 1'
0 - 1
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target
That brings an end to our coverage of the Europa League last-32 first leg between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium. Thank you very much for joining us. Goodbye!
Before these two sides meet again in a week’s time for the second leg, Olympiacos travel to PAOK for their next domestic fixture, while Arsenal host Everton in the Premier League.
After an end-to-end match, Arsenal will take a one-goal advantage into the second leg. Both sides came close to breaking the deadlock in the first half, with Leno keeping out Valbuena before Lacazette then missed a golden opportunity from close range 18 minutes later. With 15 minutes to play, Lacazette popped up with what proved to be the winner when he turned Saka’s low cross into the bottom left corner to give the Gunners a crucial lead to take back to London.
90' + 6'
FULL TIME: OLYMPIACOS 0-1 ARSENAL
90' + 4'
Arsenal have progressed from 11 of their last 12 two-legged knockout ties in the UEFA Cup/Europa League, falling only at the 2017-18 semi-final in this run.
90' + 2'
Arteta makes his final change of the match as Sokratis, who was struggling a few moments ago, is replaced by Maitland-Niles for the remaining minutes.
90' + 1'
Ba goes in late on Lacazette from behind, and the Gunners are awarded a free-kick a few yards inside the hosts’ half.
There will be five added minutes at the end of this match.
There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as both Mustafi and Sokratis are down and in need of treatment. The two Arsenal defenders are now back to their feet and look fine to continue.
OFF THE BAR! The resulting corner, which is delivered by Ceballos, is nodded against the bar by Sokratis before Mustafi heads the rebound just beyond the far post.
GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Arsenal launch a quick counter attack which results in Aubameyang sliding the ball into the path of Lacazette, but the Frenchman’s shot from the middle of the box is well saved by Sa.
Xhaka is the latest player to receive a yellow card after cynically brining down Valbuena in the centre of the park.
Saka has so often made the difference during this Europa League campaign for Arsenal and he does so again here. Aubameyang deserves real credit for keeping the attack alive, but Saka showed great composure to keep his cool and play in Lacazette who applied the finish. A well-worked goal.
GOAL! Arsenal take the lead! Aubameyang shows incredible desire to keep the ball in play down the left flank before sliding a pass into the box for Saka to chase. The full-back gets his head up and picks out Lacazette in the middle who finds the bottom left corner from close range. 1-0.
Fortounis tries his luck from range, but his tame effort goes wide to the right of Leno’s goal.
Saka has been involved in six Europa League goals this season, more than any other Arsenal player. Can the full-back be the spark in Arsenal breaking the deadlock in the closing stages?
Ceballos impedes Fortounis and the home side are awarded another free-kick. This time Valbuena’s lofted delivery is easily dealt with in the centre of the box by Mustafi.
Olympiacos respond by making a substitution of their own as Masouras is replaced by Lovera.
Arsenal make their second change of the match as Pepe comes onto the field in place of Willock. It remains 0-0.
GOOD SAVE! Leno is down quickly to his right to keep out Valbuena’s well-struck free-kick before winning a set-piece of his own after being caught late by El-Arabi who sought to pounce on the ball after the German initially failed to hold it.
Camara shapes to shoot with his right foot before turning back onto his left and is clipped by Lacazette in the process. Olympiacos have a free-kick in a central position which Valbuena is standing over.
OFFSIDE! The resulting set-piece is swung deep into the box and Ba rises highest to meet it. The Senegalese defender forces a reflex save from Leno, but the flag is up for offside.
El-Arabi knocks the ball away from Mustafi in seeking to drive down the left-hand side of the field, but the German is shown a yellow card for cynically catching the Olympiacos forward. The hosts now have a free-kick in a dangerous area.
Fortounis loses possession cheaply in the middle of the park and Xhaka claims the loose ball before sending Lacazette through down the left side of the box. The Frenchman looks for Aubameyang with a low cross, but Ba is well placed to cut it out.
Guilherme lays a pass off to his left for Valbuena who opts to cut back onto his right foot before sending the ball into the box. With Masouras arriving, Leno is quickly off his line to punch the delivery to safety.
Martins now makes his first substitution of the match as Bouchalakis is replaced by Fortounis. There are 25 minutes of normal time left to play.
OPENING! Xhaka creates yard of space just in off the left flank and whips a dangerous cross into the area. Lacazette gets across Ba but cannot get enough on the delivery to steer it towards goal. That was a decent opportunity for the Gunners.
Guilherme goes in late on Ceballos and the Arsenal midfielder wins his side a free-kick just inside the visitors’ half.
None of the eight previous meetings between Olympiacos and Arsenal have finished level, with each side winning four games each. Will either team be able to find a way through in the final 30 minutes?
Arteta opts to make his first change of the match with Ceballos entering the fray in place of Martinelli. It remains 0-0.
Luiz drags a hopeful shot from distance well wide of the near post.
Martinelli attempts to turn away from Semedo after being played in down the left side of the box by Saka, but the Olympiacos defender is too strong for the Brazilian and comes away with the ball.
Valbuena swings a corner into the area from the right which Lacazette easily heads to safety at the near post after Luiz was forced to concede the set-piece.
Camara’s long-range effort takes a slight delfection before falling kindly for Leno to claim in the centre of the goal.
WIDE! Luiz tries one of his trademark free-kicks and it glides across the turf before fizzing just wide to the left of Sa’s goal.
Bouchalakis is the latest player to receive a yellow card after cynically catching Willock in a dangerous central area. Luiz is standing over the free-kick.
Saka slides a throughball into the home side’s box for Lacazette to chase and, after taking a touch to set himself, the Frenchman is dispossessed by Ba who was alert to the danger.
Saka fires a cross right across the box and Aubameyang fails to control it down the far side, allowing Valbuena to reclaim possession for the hosts.
We are back underway! Zwayer, the referee, blows his whistle and Olympiacos get the second half kicked off.
The hosts will be pleased with their first-half display and will look to continue in much the same fashion after the restart. Valbuena and Tsimikas have combined effectively down the left flank on numerous occasions, and that is route that they will continue to explore with Aubameyang not always quick to get back to do his defensive duties. Arteta’s side, meanwhile, will need to improve from an offensive standpoint if they are to secure an away goal with Sa yet to make a meaningful save aside from claiming Xhaka’s deflected free-kick.
Following a tightly-contested opening half, there is nothing to separate the two sides at the break. Olympiacos almost broke the deadlock after just two minutes when El-Arabi set Valbuena away in the box, but Leno was quickly down to deny the Frenchman’s left-footed strike. Arsenal’s best chance of the half came after 20 minutes when Lacazette somehow fired Martinelli’s low cross wide of Sa’s goal from close range as neither team could get the breakthrough.
45' + 3'
HALF TIME: OLYMPIACOS 0-0 ARSENAL
45' + 2'
Lacazette barges Bouchalakis to the ground and the hosts win a free-kick in their own half.
There will be two added minutes at the end of the first half.
Olympiacos fail to clear their lines on the edge of their own area which results in Willock wining a corner after lashing a right-footed strike against Ba. Once again, the set-piece comes to nothing as the hosts easily nod the ball to safety.
Guendouzi has now returned to the field and is fine to continue following that earlier collision with Guilherme.
Guendouzi is down in the centre of the pitch after a coming together with Guilherme. There is going to be a momentary stoppage in play as the Frenchman receives treatment on his heel.
Ba concedes a corner to the right after cutting out Willock’s cross. The resulting delivery, however, is overhit and runs out for a throw-in down the far side of the pitch.
Saka chips an inviting ball into the centre of the Olympiacos area from the left flank. Willock beats Ba to the delivery, although the Englishman is adjudged to have fouled the Senegalese defender by pushing him in the back.
Semedo launches a long, searching ball towards Valbuena who handles it in his efforts to take it down. Arsenal win a free-kick in their own half.
The hosts are knocking the ball around comfortably at present as they attempt to force an opening from deep. Tsimikas looks for a one-two with Camara, but the midfielder’s return pass runs straight through to Leno.
Martins’ side have enjoyed 59 per cent of the possession thus far in the match.
Tsimikas brings down Willock and Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous central position. Xhaka’s well-struck effort takes a slight deflection on the way through but Sa is equal to the strike.
Semedo is the latest player to go into the book after cynically bringing down Lacazette on the halfway line as Arsenal looked to break.
SMART SAVE! Masouras gets away down the right flank and sends a low cross into the area. The delivery takes a slight deflection off Luiz’s studs and Leno is alert to make a clever reaction save.
Saka drives at the heart of the Olympiacos defence from full-back and spies the run of Martinelli to his left. The pass to his teammate, however, was delivered too late and the flag was up for offside.
Willock looks to take on Semedo down the left side of the box before striking towards goal, but the midfielder’s left-footed shot is sliced well wide.
HOW HAS HE MISSED?! Some neat interplay on the edge of the box sees Lacazette combine with Willock before sending it across goal for Martinelli. The Brazilian is unable to control the initial pass, but does pick out Lacazette with a return ball, and somehow the Frenchman fires wide from close range despite being unmarked. He should have done better there.
El-Arabi is given the first yellow card of the match for catching Guendouzi’s foot with a late tackle on the edge of the visitors’ box. He can have no complaints with that decision.
Valbuena slides the ball down the left-hand side of the field for the overlapping Tsimikas who clips a cross into the box. Luiz nods the delivery to the edge of the area, where Camara lashes a wild effort high into the air.
Willock handles the ball after receiving possession from Sokratis down the right flank and Olympiacos are given another free-kick deep inside their own half.
Martinelli catches Bouchalakis’ heels and the referee awards the home side a free-kick on the edge of their own box.
Guilherme loses possession on the halfway line and Bouchalakis dives in to cleverly intercept Martinelli’s backheel pass as the Brazilian attempted to send Lacazette through one-on-one with Sa.
There is going to be a brief stoppage in play as both Semedo and Mustafi are down following a clash of heads during an Olympiacos corner. Both are now back to their feet and should be fine to continue.
CLOSE! Arteta’s side launch a quick counter after Willock latches onto the loose ball in the middle of the pitch. The play gets spread over to the right for Aubameyang, and his low cross just evades Lacazette on the penalty spot.
Willock cheaply gives away possession in the centre of the park which allows Guilherme to pick out Masouras. The Greek forward tries his luck from range, but Luiz stands tall to make the block.
Elabdellaoui is penalised for a handball and Arsenal win a free-kick inside their own half.
OFFSIDE! Valbuena floats a glorious cross into the far post which Masouras somehow heads over from close range. The referee’s assistant, however, had his flag up for offside.
GREAT CHANCE! Elabdellaoui swings a dangerous cross into the centre of the area which El-Arabi controls before picking out Valbuena. The Frenchman latches onto the throughball and sees his low, driven effort clawed away by Leno when it looked destined for the bottom right corner.
Mustafi gives away an early free-kick after clattering into El-Arabi from behind. Valbuena takes the set-piece from the left flank, but there’s too much on it and it runs behind for a goal-kick.
Kick off! The referee, Felix Zwayer, blows his whistle and Arsenal get the game underway.
The teams are out, and kick-off will soon be upon us here at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.
This will be Arsenal’s ninth meeting with Olympiacos – they’ve only ever faced Bayern Munich more often in all European competitions.
Domestically, the hosts have enjoyed a strong campaign having gone 24 consecutive matches without defeat. On the other hand, in Europe, Martins’ team have struggled, winning only one game in their Champions League group campaign. Despite that, confidence will be high coming into this clash with Arsenal as Olympiacos are currently unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions. However, since Mikel Arteta became the head coach of the Gunners, the visitors have lost just once in their previous 10 matches, keeping four clean sheets in that time.
The hosts make five changes from their team that beat Panionios last time out with Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Tsimikas, Guilherme and Masouras starting in place of Randjelovic, Cisse, Gaspar, Fortounis and Ahmed Hassan. Arsenal, meanwhile, also make five alterations following their recent Premier League victory over Newcastle. Sokratis, Guendouzi, Willock, Martinelli and Lacazette come into the team ahead of Hector Bellerin, Ceballos, Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Nketiah.
ARSENAL SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah.
OLYMPIACOS SUBS: Bobby Allain, Avraam Papadopoulos, Pape Abou Cisse, Bruno Gaspar, Konstantinos Fortounis, Lazar Randjelovic, Maximiliano Lovera.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Bukayo Saka; Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.
OLYMPIACOS (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Omar Elabdellaoui, Ruben Semedo, Ousseynou Ba, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Andreas Bouchalakis, Mohamed Camara, Guilherme; Giorgos Masouras, Mathieu Valbuena, Youssef El-Arabi.
The home side have dropped into the Europa League after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Tottenham in Group B in the Champions League. Olympiacos, however, come into this match full of confidence after beating Panionios 4-0 in their most recent league match. Arsenal, meanwhile, have set up this knock-out clash with Pedro Martins’ side after topping their Europa League group following a 2-2 draw in their last European outing against Standard Liege.
Hello and welcome to live match coverage of the Europa League last-32 first leg between Olympiacos and Arsenal at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.