Match Report : Arsenal vs Olympiakos Piraeus – Arsenal entertain the strength of Olympiakos Pireaus in the second leg of the Europa League round of 32 at the Emirates Stadium on Friday (2/28) early morning hrs.
The Gunners have good capital thanks to a 1-0 win in the first encounter in Greece, where the positive results at that time were determined by Alexandre Lacazette’s goal.
Appearing with full strength in fact does not guarantee Arsenal scored a quick goal in the first round. Trident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, and Alexandre Lacazette still lack opportunities due to lack of supply from the central sector.
Match Report : Arsenal vs Olympiakos Piraeus
Tough walking without any opportunities created, even up to half an hour the game runs there is no shoot on target made by both camps.
Olympiakos threatened Arsenal’s goal through Mady Camara’s movement who made use of the host’s defense inadvertently, fortunately David Luiz and Bernd Leno were able to secure the situation.
The London cannon actually had a goal when the match was 39 minutes old when Bukayo Saka launched a pass that was welcomed by Lacazette in front of goal, but had to be ruled out for offside.
Both teams stepped into the dressing room with score of glasses.
Olympiakos immediately shocked the Emirates public in the 53rd minute after Pape Cisse opened the scoring after receiving a corner kick from Mathieu Valbuena. Bobol Bandar Ceme
The visitors’ attack did not stop, now it was Kostas Tsimikas’s turn to send an accurate shot but was denied by Leno.
The Gunners had to wait until the 76th minute to get a shot towards goal when Pepe sent a curling shot that was still swiftly countered by Jose Sa,
Soon it was Lacazette’s turn to get the chance, unfortunately his shot was still flying from the Olympiakos goal.
Both teams failed to score additional goals in normal time which made the game continue into the extra round.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz, Bukayo Saka; Dani Ceballos, Granite Xhaka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c), Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Pepe; Alexandre Lacazette.
Reserves: Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira, Emiliano Martinez, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Gabriel Martinelli.
OLYMPIAKOS (4-3-3): Jose Sa; Omar Elabdellaoui (c), Ousseynou Ba, Pape Abou Cisse, Kostas Tsimikas; Guilherme, Mady Camara, Andreas Bouchalakis; Lazar Randelovic, Youssef El-Arabi, Mathieu Valbuena.
Reserves: Ilias Karargyris, Bruno Gaspar, Vasilis Torosidis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Maximiliano Lovera, Giorgos Masouras, Emiliano Bullari.