Olympiakos SF Piraeus 0-3 Borussia Dortmund


Neven Subotic slammed Dortmund into a 4th-minute lead inside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, and it was a lead that BVB never looked like letting slip. Kostas Katsouranis, making his first start for the club in a ground where he was roundly booed all evening due to his connections with Olympiakos’s fierce rivals AEK Athens and Panathinakos, doubled the lead after quarter of an hour before turning provider for the goal-of-the-game from the right boot of Robert Lewandowski.

PRE-MATCH: After four matches of the domestic season, BVB make their European bow with a UEFA Champions League match at Greek champions Olympiakos. Moritz Leitner and former Panathinaikos and AEK Athens midfieder Kostas Katsouranis both start, while captain Mats Hummels has been passed fit to start from the bench.

Arsenal host Juventus in the other Group H match.

        Olympiakos SF Piraeus 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
                                  Subotic 4
                                  Katsouranis 16
                                  Lewandowski 66

                                       Att: 32,130
        UEFA Champions League Group H (Matchday #1)
   Georgios Karaiskakis. Breezy 21°C. Referee: C.Bertolini


         OLYMPIAKOS            |       BORUSSIA DORTMUND      
14. Oscar Ustari          7.0  |  1. R.Weidenfeller (c)   7.0
 2. Grigoris Spyridakis   6.9  |  2. Andreas Beck         7.5
21. A.Papadopoulos c. [Y] 6.9  | 15. Felipe Santana       8.8
 4. Tomás Hübschman   [Y] 7.0  |  4. Neven Subotic        8.9
 3. Emerson               5.6  |  3. Marcel Schmelzer     8.4
16. Josef Husbauer        6.9  |  6. Sven Bender          7.4
13. Ivan Radovanovic      6.7  | 28. Kostas Katsouranis   8.1³
18. Giannis Fetfatzidis   6.7¹ | 10. Mario Götze          7.0¹
 5. Paulo Machado         6.7³ | 18. Moritz Leitner       6.9²
12. Royston Drenthe   [Y] 6.2² | 24. Ivan Perisic         8.0
11. Kostas Mitroglou      6.9  |  9. Robert Lewandowski   7.7
------------------------------   ----------------------------
 1. Roy Carroll            .   | 20. Mitchell Langerak     .
 6. Fernando Meira         .   |  5. Mats Hummels          .
 7. Ariel Ibagaza          .   |  7. Viktor Fischer        .
19. David Fuster          6.6¹ |  8. Ilkay Gündogan       6.0¹
20. José Holebas           .   | 16. Lasse Sobiech         . 
27. Leandro Greco         6.8² | 19. Kevin Großkreutz     7.0²
93. Djamel Abdoun         6.8³ | 23. Julian Schieber      n/a³

Live match report by @realtimeFM:

“I’m backing Dortmund to triumph tonight. They’ve got some good players and I think they’ll be too strong for the Thylos. Olympiakos’ task will not be made any easier by the absence of Pablo Contreras, captain Vasilis Torosidis, and Rafik Djebbour.” – Panagiotis Kousidis, Greek Messenger.

[00] Moritz Leitner, back in the side after a hat-trick for the reserves at the weekend, and top scorer Robert Lewandowski get us underway!

[02] Royston Drenthe is cautioned after just 90 seconds by the Swiss referee following his late lunge on Andreas Beck inside the BVB box.

[04] Perisic takes the first corner of the match for Dortmund. Half-cleared and he whips the ball back in, Santana heads against the bar.

[04] 1-0 DORTMUND! Neven Subotic arrives at the near post and slams Santana’s rebound header past a stricken Oscar Ustari!

GOAL! Olympiakos 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (Neven Subotic 4′)

[05] Goal timed at 3 minutes 17 seconds, the quickest goal of the Group Stage.

[06] Santana gives away agree kick just outside the 22 yard mark. Mitroglou standing over this.

[07] It’s hammered straight at the wall and BVB clear it up over the halfway line.

[08] In the other Group H match, Fabio Quagliarella has just put Juventus 1-0 up at Arsenal.

[11] Machado tests Weidenfeller for the first time tonight, a 25 yard drive that’s easy for the Dortmund keeper to collect.

[14] Radovanovic curls a free kick over the wall and smashes against the crossbar, Machado is first to the ball but skews his shot wide.

[16] 2-0 DORTMUND! Route One stuff. Bender flicks on the goal kick, Lewandowski to Perisic, squares for Kostas Katsouranis who slots home from 15 yards out to a chorus of boos for the ex-Panathinaikos and AEK Athens man.

GOAL! Olympiakos 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (Kostas Katsouranis 16′)

[16] Elsewhere, Milan are 1-0 up at Basel and Dinamo Zagreb have taken the lead at home to Zenit St Petersburg.

[17] Avraam Papadopoulous is cautioned after he bundles Bender off the ball and breaks up a Dortmund counter attack.

[21] Santana heads Drenthe’s cross behind for Olympiakos’ first corner.

[25] As BVB win a corner here, Bayern have taken the lead at Saint-Eienne.

[26] Drenthe, cautioned earlier, brings down Beck by the touch line. Just a free-kick this time.

[29] Hübschmann pulls off an overhead kick from the hosts’ fifth corner of the game but Weidenfeller is perfectly placed to get behind it.

[30] This is turning into a fascinating game, both sides countering each other. BVB like their two-goal cushion, Olympiakos not wanting to over commit and concede a killer third.

[31] Alonso has been sent off for Real Madrid. They’re currently 0-0 at home to Anderlecht.

[37] Perisic picks out Lewandowski with a great ball, he’s forced wide but his cross-come-shot is too fast for Götze to arrive at far post.

[38] Ivan Radovanovic heads home an Olympiakos corner but the whistle had already gone for his push on Sven Bender.

[42] Santi Cazorla has equalised for Arsenal at home to Juventus, while Javi Martinez has put Bayern Munich two-up at Saint-Etienne.

[43] Cardozo has missed a penalty for Benfica, who are drawing 0-0 at PSV Eindhoven.

HALF TIME: Olympiakos 0-2 Borussia Dortmund


[HT] Change for Dortmund: Ilkay Gündogan replaces Moritz Leitner (6.9).

[HT] Change for Olympiakos: David Fuster has come on for Giannis Fetfatzidis (6.7).

[48] Tomás Hübschmann flies into a challenge on Gündogan 25 yards out and gets a yellow. Dangerous free-kick territory, this.

[48] Ivan Perisic takes it and curls it beautifully to the top right corner. It’s a stunning save from Ustari that tips the ball against the bar and keeps the score at 2-0.

[49] Hulk has equalised for Zenit at Dinamo.

[52] Mario Götze (7.0) has stayed down after a challenge from Emerson, and he won’t be able to continue. Kevin Großkreutz his replacement.

[56] Two goals to report: Agüero puts Man City 1-0 up at Fenerbahçe, and Cristiano Ronaldo gives 10-man Madrid the lead against Anderlecht.

[62] Radovanovic comes through the back of Gündogan as the temperature rises here. The BVB man will need treatment.

[64] Elsewhere: Benzema makes it 2-0 to Real, and Anderlecht are also now down to 10 men. Sow has equalised for Fenerbahçe against Man City.

[65] Weidenfeller and Santana don’t communicate over a clearance, ball drops for Fuster, with the goal open, but his shot is charged down.

[65] Ronaldo has scored his second and Real Madrid’s third in their home game against Anderlecht.

[66] 3-0 DORTMUND! Katsouranis produces a great bit of skill to go past Papadopoulous. Slip the ball to Robert Lewandowski who curls it round a defender and into the top corner from 20 yards.

GOAL! Olympiakos 0-3 Borussia Dortmund (Robert Lewandowski 66′)

[70] Substitution for Olympiakos following the third goal: Leandro Greco is on for Royston Drenthe (6.2).

[72] Pedro has put Arsenal 2-1 up against Juventus in the other Group H match.

[77] Home fans starting to head for the exits as BVB prepare a change. Julian Schieber about to replace the fantastic Katsouranis (8.1).

[78] Olympiakos make their third change too, Djamel Abdoun is coming on for Paulo Machado (6.7).

[82] Robert Lewandowski has burst past the two centre backs twice in the last couple of minutes, hitting dipping volleys agonisingly past the post.

[86] Mario Gómez has made it 3-0 Bayern, while Ronaldo has his hat-trick for Real.

[89] BVB happy to sit back and pounce on break against the tired home defence. Schieber’s pace undoes the back four but Perisic fires wide.

[90] Three minutes will be added on here. Tonight’s attendance is 32,130.

[91] Two huge stoppage time goals: Beciraj puts Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 up over Zenit, and Dirk Kuyt puts Fenerbahçe 2-1 at home to Man City.

FULL TIME: Olympiakos 0-3 Borussia Dortmund


A massive first European win for Dortmund boss Grayson Surman, with his club earning £869,000 after tonight’s positive performance. For a team that attacks with such style, it’s important to give credit to BVB’s centre backs tonight who both had an outstanding game.

Katsouranis pulled all the strings in the centre of the park – at a stadium he’ll be familiar with – scoring BVB’s second and creating the third before being substituted late on. The big news though will be surrounding Mario Götze and his injury, it didn’t look good at the time and we’re expecting to hear reports of a broken ankle and possibly the rest of the year on the sidelines.

In the other Group H match, Arsenal beat Juventus 2-1 in London.