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Olympiakos shock Bremen

Greek side net first away win in Champions League

By Lewis Rutledge.   Last Updated: 03/10/07 11:03pm

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Almeida: On target for Bremen

Almeida: On target for Bremen

Olympiakos won their first UEFA Champions League away game at the 32nd attempt as they came from behind to stun Werder Bremen 3-1.

The German side did not look convincing even when Hugo Almeida fired them into a first-half lead, and Olympiakos took advantage with a stunning performance after the break.

Ireoklis Stoltidis, Christos Patsatzoglou and Darko Kovacevic all found the target as Olympiakos moved on to four points in Group C and left Bremen bottom with no points.

Bremen hammered Arminia Bielefeld 8-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday but offered little evidence that they were in form during the early exchanges.

Almeida did force a fine save out of Antonis Nikopolidis after breaking through the Olympiakos backline, but it was the Greek side who showed the greater urgency.

Former Portsmouth striker Tresor Lomana Lua Lua posed problems with his pace, while Luciano Galletti was only denied by an instinctive stop from Champions League debutant Christian Vander.

Almeida breaks the deadlock

One reason why Olympiakos have never had success on their European travels before is their disorganised defence, which was found wanting again on 32 minutes.

Almeida was unmarked at the back post as Daniel Jensen clipped a clever ball over three defenders, and had time to pick his spot and coolly fire Bremen into a 1-0 lead.

Brazilian playmaker Diego started to pull the strings for Bremen as they enjoyed their best spell of the match just before half-time, but Olympiakos survived without further damage as Nikopolidis stood up tall to keep out Jensen.

Nikopolidis also saved Almeida's angled drive at the start of the second half, before Olympiakos mounted their fightback.

Fightback

Predrag Djordjevic and Lua Lua had already had goals disallowed for offside when Kovacevic's shot was spilled by Vander and Stoltidis followed up to equalise in the 72nd minute.

Per Mertesacker had a chance to put Bremen back in front but directed his header straight at Nikopolidis, and Olympiakos went ahead moments later as Patsatzoglou smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner with the help of a deflection off Mertesacker.

Olympiakos refused to sit on their lead and added a third three minutes from time when Vander again failed to hold onto a shot, this time from Raul Bravo, and Kovacevic pounced on the rebound.

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Werder BremenTeam StatisticsOlympiakos 
1Goals3 
11st Half Goals0 
6Shots on Target12 
6Shots off Target3 
4Blocked Shots1 
6Corners3 
11Fouls13 
1Offsides8 
1Yellow Cards1 
0Red Cards0 
82.5Passing Success78.2 
20Tackles25 
75Tackles Success88 
63.1Possession36.9 
57.6Territorial Advantage42.4 
    
    
    
    

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