Greeks leave it late
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: 03/11/04 9:35pm
Olympiakos left it late to top Group A with a 1-0 win over Monaco.
A largely lifeless encounter in Athens had 0-0 written all over it until Argentinian Gabriel Schurrer popped up to knock in the winner six minutes from time.
Rivaldo volleyed an early effort just over that had all the hallmarks of his spectacular shooting ability.
The Brazilian then ghosted into the box after 20 minutes but could not bring down a difficult high ball and could only manage a weak flick goalwards.
Emmanuel Adebayor had been unfairly adjudged offside when looking clean through, but there was no flag on 22 minutes when he arrived at the far post only to fire his volley well over from close range.
Rivaldo had a good chance from a 33rd-minute free kick, but the former Barcelona man only found goalkeeper Flavio Roma's chest.
A quiet game showed little signs of livening up until the hour mark when Giovanni produced a superb free kick.
The Brazilian did well to wrestle the ball off Rivaldo to take the kick and his right-footed curler beat Roma all ends up but came back off the crossbar.
Rivaldo wasted another good chance after 75 minutes when he pulled off his marker at the back post, but opted to try and find a team-mate with his header instead of going for goal.
With a patchy encounter looking a nailed-on goalless draw, Schurrer popped up in the 84th minute to put the hosts ahead, when he ghosted in at the far post to knock in Grigorios Georgatos' free kick.
The result puts the Greek side top of Group A, level on points with Liverpool but ahead due to beating The Reds in Athens.
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Bay Munich0 - 1Juventus
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Olympiakos1 - 0Monaco
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