Tonight saw our first match of the season at Karaiskaki with ourselves facing Malaga. Malaga had made quite an impression in La Liga last season due to their spending so they would be a good test for our team and a taster for proper european football this year. As for our team, we were using the final cut of players in the match and although we were using a mixture of first and second team, we were almost at full strength for the game.
Unfortunately despite starting the game off quite well, we ended up conceding in only the third minute of the match. Malaga had managed to grab a corner in their first attack of the game, the ball was crossed into the box only for Papazoglou to cleanly head it into his own net (!) and open the scoring for the Spaniards. The early goal didn't seem to dampen our spirits though and we were soon on the attack again, winning a couple of headers and having a number of chances on goal.
Malaga also had chances of their own and won a second corner in the 18th minute which was successfully defended this time. They were getting more ball possession but this could be expected. In our favour, we continued to apply pressure to the Spaniards and won more corners through the half but couldn't convert them successfully. When we did attack, we did it with a lot of flair and plenty of dribbling. We just couldn't get the ball into the box though...!
At the back end of the first half, Malaga made another couple of attacks but they were closed down and dealt with by our defence easily enough. At the other end we had better chances through Torosidis, Mitroglou and Siovas but still no equaliser. We seemed to have thrown a considerable amount at their goal but just couldn't get the ball on target. As the half ended we left the field one goal down, a pretty undeserved scoreline all things considered.
After two quick changes at the restart, we began the second half with the same attacking outlook that we saw in the first half. In the event though it was the Spaniards who came close to scoring first in the second half. The ball needed be cleared off the line on one occassion and Malaga had a couple of corners consecutively with a direct shot on goal needing to be pushed behind by Megyeri. We did get the qualiser though in the 56th minute when Lykogiannis made a low pass from the left and Mitroglou fired the ball in from close range. The equaliser pushed Malaga back into life and they started to come at us more from this point. They did manage to get the ball in the net but this was quickly ruled out as offside.
At the other end of the pitch we took the lead through a beautifully worked counter attack. Abdoun on the right, sliding the ball through to Mitroglou who knocked it on the run past the keeper and low into the net to claim his second of the match. More attacking moves followed the restart of the game and urged on by the crowd it appeared that we were in control of the game. We didn't have it all our way, Malaga having a shot on goal in the 76th minute but we were playing well at this point.
With the game in the last fifteen minutes, we had a shot on goal deflected from the post (Lykogiannis) and the ball shot against the keeper (Modesto) before Manolas scored the fourth goal of the game. Malaga replied with a goal of their own almost instantly and so with the score at 3-2 the match was set for an exciting final 10 minutes. One of the better moments was when Panetlic beat the defence, passed to Djebbour - who rounded the keeper and then promptly missed the open net (poor sod!). Ten seconds before the end of the extra time we conceded a final goal to draw the game - the defence were left flailing after coping with a shot on goal and didn't deal with the follow up header from Fernandez.
The game ended 3-3 then and it was... an interesting match. A stupid mistake for the opening goal, we then seemed to miss 50 chances to finally take the lead in the second half to end up throwing it away with a final piece of sloppy defending.
Olympiakos 3-3 Malaga
3' Papazoglou (og)
Olympiakos :- Megyeri, Torosidis (63' Manolas), Papazoglou (74' Modesto), Siovas, Holebas (90+3' Zaradoukas), Fejsa (89' Karagounis), Maniatis (63' Ibagasa), Tatos (46' Djebbour), Abdoun (79' Pantelic), Fetfatzidis (46' Lykogiannis), Mitroglou (79' Vlachodimos)
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