UEFA Champions League

October 1, 2002

Full-time

Manchester United

4 - 0

Olympiakos

Group F

18:45 +00:00, October 1, 2002

Old Trafford, England

Referee: G Beissire

  • 90'

    That's the end of the game - a stroll for United, who have seen off a poor Olympiakos side 4-0

  • 90'

    Djordjevic hits a shot from just outside the area - it's very well struck but a little too high

  • 90'

    United playing out time - then Fortune loses the ball with a poor attempted pass to Diego Forlan

  • 90'

    Two minutes of injury time will be added here...

  • 89'

    Olympiakos attack - up goes the offside flag. That's almost it for the night

  • 88'

    Karembeu hits a long-ranger: Barthez can't hold on, but Ferdinand is on hand to tidy things up inside the United area

  • 88'

    The visitors will be glad to see the end of this game - it's been no fun for them at all

  • 87'

    Beckham tumbles under Karembeu's challenge on the edge of the area - but the Olympiakos man got the ball

  • 86'

    One pass too many, and the move breaks down. As Olympiakos launch a forlorn forward move, O'Shea is there to clear

  • 85'

    Veron, in midfield, at walking pace. All the time he could wish for. Now Neville, now Beckham...

  • 84'

    Djordjevic tries a shot as Olympiakos win it again - United block

  • 83'

    Neville is well forward - the ball doesn't reach him but in steps Veron to win it back once more

  • 82'

    Beckham again - this time he crosses towards Fortune, who puts his header too high

  • 81'

    He hits it from distance, but that's over the crossbar

  • 80'

    Silvestre coming forward... Butt finds Beckham in a bit of space

  • 79'

    Towards the last ten minutes, and the home side are revelling in their time and space, just knocking the ball around

  • 78'

    Karembeu lets fly from long range, and O'Shea blocks it. That was well struck by the Frenchman

  • 78'

    Forlan is on and Scholes makes way. Can Forlan finally get his goal from open play tonight?

  • 77'

    And, as you'd expect, the finish is crisp and clean. It's 4-0 to United, and it's been every bit as one-sided as that suggests

  • 77'

    Veron finds Scholes, who nicks the ball through to Solskjaer inside the area...

  • 75'

    It doesn't lead to anything... Diego Forlan could be joining the fray soon. He's warming up

  • 75'

    Fortune perseveres after a poor pass from Silvestre on the left - and he regains possession. Good work from the substitute

  • 74'

    Ferdinand's back on his feet - no cause for alarm for United and their multi-million pound signing

  • 73'

    Ferdinand down after a challenge - a clash of heads. Amanatidis comes off and on comes Christos Patsatzoglou

  • 72'

    Silvestre goes into the area and is challenged by Amanatidis. Vague appeals for a penalty, appeals which leave the referee disdainfully underwhelmed

  • 71'

    Fortune, picked out well by Beckham, drills in a shot which is blocked

  • 70'

    Karembeu gets a low drive in from the edge of the box, but that's not going to pose any problems for Barthez

  • 69'

    Just over 20 minutes to go, the home side sitting pretty

  • 68'

    John O'Shea and Quinten Fortune on, Blanc and Giggs off

  • 68'

    Beckham challenges Djordjevic heavily - it's a bit of a hack, but the England skipper gets away with it

  • 67'

    The deflection left the keeper stranded and the ball bounced low inside his near post

  • 66'

    It clips off a defender and leaves Eleftheropoulos completely helpless. Strange goal - but it's 3-0 to United

  • 66'

    Giggs can cross from the left for the home side now...

  • 65'

    Veron swings the ball wide to Neville, who crosses early but too deep

  • 64'

    A misplaced forward pass from United, who frankly aren't being tested tonight

  • 63'

    No they can't. Silly question, maybe, but you have to ask them. No, honestly. You do

  • 63'

    Can the visitors brighten things up from this free-kick?

  • 62'

    It's a plodding second half... Ferdinand is booked for shoving Djordjevic as he tries to burst down the left

  • 62'

    Throw to United, near the Olympiakos penalty area... Solskjaer is challenged

  • 61'

    The best moment of the second half so far - nothing comes from the corner, however

  • 60'

    Beckham plays the ball in to Solskjaer - he meets it first time and Eleftheropoulos palms it behind

  • 59'

    A change for the visitors: Ofori Quaye is off, and Alekos Alexandris replaces him

  • 58'

    Beckham on the ball. Songs from the away end again - they're keeping their spirits up despite the current scoreline

  • 57'

    ...but Karembeu is there to usher the ball away from the danger zone

  • 57'

    United win possession back and Veron has it. Beckham crosses towards Giggs...

  • 56'

    Olympiakos on the ball - but it's all happening in the middle of the pitch, and there's no telling pass on the end of it

  • 55'

    Neville and Butt combine to free Beckham, whose low cross from the right is scraped away

  • 55'

    At the moment, though, it's hard to see where that would come from

  • 54'

    They need to create something to inject some belief back into their play

  • 53'

    There's a demoralised, dejected look about Olympiakos at the moment

  • 52'

    Scholes makes space for a shot from the edge of the box - it's wide, but only just

  • 51'

    From the short-corner routine, Beckham is fouled by Venetidis. The free-kick is rather flapped away by the keeper

  • 51'

    ...and the Old Trafford fans turn up the volume in response

  • 50'

    Neat play on the left by United - Veron and Beckham involved. Beckham floats the ball in and wins a corner...

  • 49'

    But the delivery, again, is terrible - straight out of play

  • 49'

    Free-kick against Ferdinand, who impedes Ofori Quaye down the Olympiakos left

  • 48'

    Neville gets a yellow card - his challenge on Djordjevic was a little strong

  • 47'

    Silvestre has lots of room down the left, but overhits his cross and the visitors can bring that away

  • 47'

    Giggs takes on Karembeu down the left as the home side look to break away - keeper Eleftheropoulos is smartly off his line to claim

  • 46'

    It's poorly delivered, and Veron is there to head clear for United

  • 46'

    Olympiakos come forward at the start of this second period. They win a free-kick following Butt's challenge...

  • 45'

    Edu Dracena replaces Giannakopoulos for the second half - that's a defender for a midfielder

  • 45'

    That's the end of the first half - United lead 2-0 and it's all pretty easy

  • 45'

    ...and it brings him a straight red card - surely that snuffs out any lingering hopes Olympiakos may have harboured of getting something out of this game

  • 45'

    Ze Elias fouls Veron - it's a late and dangerous challenge...

  • 45'

    A minute of added time to be played

  • 45'

    Giggs floats this one into the area, where it's cleared easily enough

  • 44'

    Karembeu makes it three, bringing down Scholes

  • 44'

    Anatolakis crunches into Veron in midfield and makes himself the second booking of the evening

  • 43'

    Amanatidis on the ball - he passes to Karembeu, but again they can't break through

  • 42'

    Karembeu steps in... Veron fouls Zetterberg in a bid to win the ball back and gets a yellow card for that

  • 41'

    Foul throw by Olympiakos gives United the ball midway inside opposition territory

  • 41'

    Solskjaer wins the ball back for United, but Butt swipes his attempted pass out of play. Far too much power on that one

  • 40'

    He's low on subtelty - it's the big noise school of musicianship

  • 40'

    More songs from the away end, complete with enthusiastic drummer

  • 39'

    Neville gets into the area, but the ball ricochets off him and Olympiakos have the goal-kick

  • 38'

    United's followers, by contrast, seem a little subdued. Maybe it's just a bit too comfortable for their heroes at the moment

  • 37'

    The away fans use that as a cue for a quick sing-song

  • 36'

    Ofori Quaye bursts away on the break, but dithers and allows himself to be dispossessed

  • 36'

    Beckham floats it in, and Zetterberg is back to get it away

  • 35'

    Blanc hits it long: it's cleared as far as Neville, who is fouled by Djordjevic on the right...

  • 35'

    Karembeu fouls Giggs on half-way - free-kick to Fergie's blue-clad outfit

  • 34'

    United are enjoying lots of possession, comfortably in control

  • 33'

    Scholes does superbly to win the ball in midfield, but Antzas gets a crucial touch to keep it away from the lurking Solskjaer

  • 33'

    Meanwhile, back at the plot...

  • 33'

    The former boss of Cambridge and a fan of the route one game, in case you didn't know

  • 32'

    Beckham almost latches onto a loose ball outside the Olympiakos area - the clearance is hoofed away in a way John Beck might have appreciated

  • 31'

    ...his hooked effort flies over the crossbar and United build again

  • 31'

    Another free-kick coming up, though - Butt the offender. Almost in the same place, and it leads to a shot from Antzas...

  • 30'

    It's rolled to Zetterberg, who hits a low shot and sees it blocked easily enough

  • 29'

    Free-kick to Olympiakos - this one can be crossed in. Djordjevic taking charge...

  • 28'

    Beckham tries to find Silvestre but doesn't - it's an overhit pass

  • 27'

    Zetterberg on the ball, but his side can't make headway - they're getting crowded out and want too much time to make things happen

  • 27'

    Olympiakos simply ripped apart by the skill and speed of that movement and thinking

  • 26'

    He produces a sublime chip from just outside the area - and, with a touch of real panache, United go 2-0 ahead

  • 26'

    But there's no respite - Beckham links with Veron and the Argentina midfielder is through...

  • 26'

    Beckham tries to pick out Scholes once more... Amanatidis gets there to head back to his keeper

  • 25'

    More bright football from Fergie's men, who have had much the better of proceedings

  • 24'

    Scholes again gets into the Olympiakos area - this time Eleftheropoulos makes a brave and well-timed dive at his feet to end that threat

  • 23'

    More danger for the visitors, and there could well be yet more here...

  • 22'

    He goes to ground, but the referee waves away penalty claims

  • 21'

    Scholes gets into the area and tries to nick the ball away from Eleftheropoulos...

  • 20'

    A perfect morale-booster for Fergie's side, who will be pretty much home and dry with a win tonight

  • 19'

    ...and he makes no mistake, firing a low shot past Eleftheropoulos. The home side lead 1-0 - and they deserve it on the balance of play

  • 19'

    Giggs gets into the area - the ball is blocked but rebounds to the United star...

  • 18'

    Karembeu misplaces a pass, but Giggs is unable to get on the end of it just outside the Olympiakos penalty area

  • 17'

    Not for long - good play from the visitors who string an excellent spell of passing together, ended by an offsie flag against Giannakopoulos

  • 16'

    Amanatidis on the ball as Olympiakos keep it at the back: Silvestre quickly gets in to win it back

  • 15'

    Veron looks wide to Beckham - uncharacteristically, his first touch is poor and United lose possession

  • 15'

    Solskjaer tries to control a difficult bouncing ball down the left but fails, and the visitors have a throw

  • 14'

    A good challenge by Neville, who has made an excellent start to this match

  • 13'

    Olympiakos really struggling to make any sort of headway here - but suddenly Djordjevic gets a cross in and Zetterberg isn't far away from connecting. Dangerous moment, right out of the blue

  • 12'

    Beckham floats another pass forward - offside against Solskjaer

  • 11'

    Butt hooks a long ball forward into Solskjaer's path - he can't quite get there but it's another statement of intent by United

  • 10'

    Karembeu tries to get his team moving forward - but the attempted pass wide is too strong and there's nothing for the home side to worry about there

  • 9'

    Ofori Quaye hits a long-range shot, but it zips wide of Barthez' goal

  • 8'

    Then Veron gets into the area and shoots - defnders do their job as the ball is blocked and then hooked away

  • 7'

    From the flag-kick, there's a huge scramble - Scholes and Solskjaer keep the ball in the danger zone but can't find a way through

  • 6'

    The ball is cleared but Neville gets there to fire in a long-range shot which is tipped away by the keeper. Good effort...

  • 5'

    Veron is brought down after surging onto a Giggs flick just outside the area - free-kick

  • 4'

    Barthez kicks long downfield - Veron tries to find Solskjaer, but the flag goes up for offside

  • 3'

    The United number seven delivers the corner, but it's to high and Olympiakos don't have to worry about that one

  • 2'

    Beckham floats the ball in and keeper Eleftheropoulos concedes a corner, touching it behind

  • 1'

    Silvestre is fouled after a burst down the left - an early and dangerous free-kick to United...

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    Olympiakos enjoy a spell of early possession at Old Trafford, knocking the ball around well. Both sides are in their change kits for some reason

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    The Red Devils can all but secure their progress to the next round with a win over the crack Greek outfit. Join us at 19.45 BST.