The British media reacted badly to our win last night. Here's one such report (Daily Mail) :-
HUMILIATED! United in need of yet another miracle after Moyes' men slip up in Greece... with an Arsenal loan star sticking boot in.
Passionate Olympiacos fans created a heated atmosphere inside the Karaiskaki Stadium.
United brought a good following, but the atmosphere was dominated by the hosts.
We improved to 4-2 in Top 16 Group E by thrashing Anadolou Efes 78-60 in SEF. We grabbed our third consecutive win, with Spanoulis taking 16 points. Lojeski and Dunston each added 13, while Begic had 10.
Spanoulis led a 10-1 Olympiacos run and soon added an off-balance basket that gave us a 24-10 lead late in the first quarter.
Dunston, who got plenty of help from Spanoulis and Petway to break the game open, made the score 62-43, at the end of the third quarter. We boosted our margin to 70-46 midway through the fourth quarter and never looked back.
Olympiakos 78-60 Anadolou Efes
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 24-12 Anadolou Efes
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 36-29 Anadolou Efes
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 62-43 Anadolou Efes
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 78-60 Anadolou Efes
Olympiakos : Petway 9, Dunston 13, Spanoulis 16, Perperoglou 6, Sloukas 5, Collins 2, Simmons 2 Begic 10, Printezis 2, Mantzaris, Katsivelis, Lojeski 13.
Late last night we confirmed the signing of Abdisalam Ibrahim from Manchester City.
Ibrahim is a young Norwegian (born Somalia) midfielder who has signed a contract for the next three and a half years.
He has been on loan at various clubs (most recently at Stromsgodset in Norway) and will now go on loan to Ergotelis until the end of the season.
We beat Fenerbahce last night with a good display and performance. The kings of Europe played terrific basketball and both Spanoulis and Perperoglou made sensational appearances.
We led from the outset of the game and put a strangehold on the score almost straightaway, leading 8 points at the end of the first quarter, 7 at halftime and 6 at the end of the third quarter. We went onto a 13 point lead at the end of the final quarter and as mentioned before, it was a superb performance from our team which won us the match.
1st Quarter : Olympiacos 27-19 Fenerbahce
2nd Quarter : Olympiacos 47-40 Fenerbahce
3rd Quarter : Olympiacos 62-56 Fenerbahce
4th Quarter : Olympiacos 95-82 Fenerbahce
Olympiacos (Bartzokas): Dunston 4, Spanoulis 28, Perperoglou 21, Sloukas 2 Simmons 5, Begic, Printezis 12, Agravanis, Mantzaris 9, Lojeski 14.
Vasillis Torosidis has left Olympiakos and joined Roma in a deal worth only half a million euros to our club. Torosidis had decided to leave the club recently and try his luck abroad after refusing to sign a new contract with the club.
The small amount for our captain is all we could manage after facing the possibility of the player leaving on a Bosman move in the summer.
A final announcement from the weekend. Olympiakos FC have announced that our Captain, Vasilis Torosidis, will not be renewing his contract with the club. After six years with the club, he has decided to move abroad to continue his career overseas.
I woke today in Singapore to the happy news that we had beaten the French by 3 goals to 1 in last nights Champions League match. Regards to my friend who texted me the result and I dedicate the picture of her G7 club to her. I will be back for the AEK game so normal service returns then...
Olympiacos scorers get just desserts
Goalscorers Paulo Machado and Leandro Greco gave Olympiacos FC credit for accomplishing their mission to beat Montpellier SC 3-1, with the exit beckoning for the French side.
Paulo Machado was voted UEFA.com Player Rater winner and was beaming after Olympiacos FC's 3-1 win against Montpellier Hérault SC "because we did everything we had to do". As for Montpellier, penalty-scorer Younes Belhanda was left to rue the errors that led to Olympiacos's victory in Piraeus, acknowledging "the first mistake was mine".
Paulo Machado, Olympiacos midfielder
I am very satisfied because, first of all, we deserved to win. We did everything we had to. This victory was a must if we were to entertain a realistic hope of making it to the next round – and we did it. The match was a bit complicated – Saturday's league encounter was very intense and tonight we were a bit tired. Since joining Olympiacos, I have had chances to score but I didn't convert them. Now I am off the mark and I want to make the most of this momentum. After the two victories over Montpellier we intend to go to Schalke to get at least a point, and then defeat Arsenal here.
Leandro Greco, Olympiacos midfielder
I am very happy with everything today, because we won a very important match and because I scored – so it is doubly satisfying for me. We played a complete match – we defended, attacked and fought together as a squad and in the end deserved the win. The main thing was to win today – now, we’ll see what we can achieve in the last two matches. One never knows what can happen in football. Of course, our aim is to qualify and to give it our all. As for me, the more I play, the better my physical condition is. I am satisfied with my game today, but even more happy with this important win.
Younes Belhanda, Montpellier midfielder
We are somewhat frustrated to lose this match, because we managed to equalise. Two small errors cost us. The first mistake was mine – I kicked the ball away but it went into the path of the guy that took the shot. Olympiacos's third goal was the end of us. It was very difficult afterwards to turn around a two-goal deficit. Now, the most important thing is to forget tonight's match and then focus on what we can do against Arsenal and Schalke. There is a very slim chance to qualify for the Europa League but, if that's not possible, we will concentrate on our league.
The Champions League is a competition for the big clubs. We are not quite ready for this kind of competition. Olympiacos are a big team and have proved themselves in the Europa League and Champions League. It's our first time – we are debutants facing big clubs.
Anthony Mounier, Montpellier forward
We came here in search of a positive result that could revive our qualification hopes, but we missed our chance and it's a pity that we couldn't do more. We conceded very early. We managed to create some chances but failed to make the most of them. We are just getting started in the Champions League and we have some young players. Olympiacos may not be among Europe's greats, but they are used to this competition – they know how to handle these matches, better than us for sure, as witnessed in both encounters.
In France, we conceded in the last minute, while today we managed to equalise but then conceded two goals, one immediately after the other – that hurt us. Now we must apply ourselves to the maximum. There is a slight chance to qualify for the Europa League if we win both our remaining matches. In football everything is possible, even if that is a tall order. And even if we go out, we want to leave the competition with our heads held high.
On Wednesday we have our third Champions League match, this time against Montpellier (away). We have fans travelling to the game from all over europe, road trips from Athens, Belgium and Germany will be making the journey whilst other groups will be flying to the game as well.
As for the game, we have a good chance to get a result here. If we can perform and grab the three points then we have a good chance to progress further in Europe. We then also have to get results at Montpellier at home along with Arsenal but a victory in France will set us up for advancing further.
We won our opening game in the Euroleague group stage with a victory over Spanish team Caja Laboral. We won the game after falling behind in the third quarter by 85 points to 81. Our top scorer was Printezis with 17 points ably assisted with Spanoulis with 16.
The game was a real to-and-fro match with ourselves being behind at the end of the first quarter, taking the lead at halftime, falling behind at the end of the third quarter before finally surging ahead in the final quarter.
Mantzouris and Spanoulis were our best players in the opening of the game with Sloukas and Printezis being good in the second quarter. Dorsey and Hines dominated the third quarter whilst the final period was marked by good performances by Perperoglou and Spanoulis.
The final scores were :-
Olympiakos 85-81 Caja Laboral
1st Quarter : Olympiakos 18-23 Caja Laboral
2nd Quarter : Olympiakos 48-37 Caja Laboral
3rd Quarter : Olympiakos 65-66 Caja Laboral
4th Quarter : Olympiakos 85-81 Caja Laboral
Olympiakos : Hines 6, Low 4, Antic 9, Spanoulis 16, Perperoglou 14, Dorsey 7, Sloukas 6, Mavroeidis 1, Printezis 17, Papanikolaou 5, Mantzaris
Matchday 1 of our champions league campaign saw us face Schalke in the Karaiskaki stadium. The atmosphere was electric as we faced off against the Germans and when the teams came onto the pitch the coreos were displayed over both ends and we got ready to meet our destiny in the group.
After a nervy few minutes we made our first chances on goal with a chipped shot from Machado, cleared from the line and a follow up into the side of the net. After these opening shots we slipped back and kept the ball in possession. Schalke came forward on a couple of occasions but without any real success and we closed them down easily enough.
Further attempts on goal included a free kick from Holebas and a header from Djebbour which went the wrong side of goal. The Germans had their own chances with the ball but apart from possessing the ball, there was little in the way of chances from them. When it came to the defence we were still holding our own and restricting the Schalke chances on goal.
The very cagey style of play continued from both sides as the game progressed towards the halftime break with both sides struggling to get chances on goal. Schalke did manage to get the ball into the net but only by infringing Megyeri and their effort was instantly ruled out by the referees. Unfortunately it was the Germans who managed to score first when Howedes headed into the net following a corner and so we ended the half trailing in the scoreline.
Following the restart we had real trouble getting the ball out of our half and almost conceded again in the 52nd minute when Megyeri spilled a shot on the line. Luckily the Schalke player going for the follow up scooped the ball over, sparing our blushes. We eventually got ourselves sorted and get forward before finally Abdoun had his chance scraped off the line. Abdoun was not to be denied however and managed to get the ball into the net a minute later to equalise the scoreline.
Immediately after the game was restarted Schalke scored again after our defence was found lacking and straight afterwards they were gifted a penalty when Manolas tripped one of their players in the box. Luckily they shot the penalty against the post and we escaped for the minute. It wasn't all one way traffic and we got forward again allowing Ibagasa to make a shot on goal.
Our final two changes of the match gave us more of an attacking flair but although we were getting further up the pitch we were having trouble in creating chances on goal. We were also suffering from some of the challenges coming our way and Holebas in particular had to leave the field for a while to recover from some of the tackles.
As the game came to a close we couldn't manage to make any effective headway up the pitch and were being forced onto the defensive too often to make any decent chances on goal. Djebbour did have a final solo run on goal from the corner flag but this was the final act of the game. We ended up losing the match and the crowd sounded its annoyance as the game ended.
Olympiakos 1-2 Schalke
Olympiakos : Megyeri, Torosidis, Contreras, Manolas, Holebas, Maniatis, Modesto (68' Greco), Machado, Abdoun (68' Mitroglou), Fuster (56' Ibagasa), Djebbour