Full-time - 1'
2 - 3
18:45 +00:00, October 23, 2002
Yorgos Karaiskakis Stadium
Referee: P Collina
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Olympiakos showed great spirit to fight back, but in the end it was a losing start for manager Yiannis Kollias.
Three points for United, who top Group F with maximum points and have secured their place in the next phase of the Champions League.
Referee Collina, who made some uncharacteristic poor decisions, blows for fulltime.
....He hits a curling shot over the wall and unfortunately, from a Greek point of view, also over the bar.
Could be the last chance for Olympiakos and Djordjevic, who has already scored one, stands over the freekick.......
Choutos races towards goal again. Collina decides O'Shea blocked the striker and gives a freekick inches outside the box.
Choutos is doing his best to get Olympiakos back into the match, but his throughball is cut out by Blanc.
Richardson is tipped for big things at Old Trafford - Ferguson obviously believes in him.
Richardson drives at subtitiute Niniadis with his first touch and wins a throw deep in Olympiakos' half.
Scratch that. Ferguson is making a sub and number 41 Kieran Richardson makes his first team debut as Veron's replacement.
United back in front. 3-2 and surely a Veron inspired United won't throw it away this time.
...but the power takes it past the sprawling goalkeeper and thunders into the roof of the net. GOAL!!!!!
....the little, ginger midfielder hammers the ball at Eleftheropoulos, who manages to get a hand to the ball.......
Veron combines with Scholes on the left edge of the area. Veron back-heels the ball for Scholes to try another one of his specials......
What a finish to a game that looked all over when Veron scored United's second.
....his thundering strike smacks the post.
Now it's United's turn to attack. Forlan flicks the ball on for Scholes to shhot from distance....
Scholes manages to get possession for United and relieve some late pressure from Olympiakos.
Ofori Quaye finds space on the right of the United area, but his cross is to deep for Choutos.
This is more like Olympiakos at home. 2-2 and the Greek side are really going for it. Hard to believe after United's dominance.
....He drives the ball past Barthez's desperate dive and into the back of the net. GOAL!!!!!
Djordjevic drives at the United defence, who keep backing off, and he opens himself up for the shot.......
Olympiakos make a change and Ofori Quaye replaces Zetterberg. Kollias will be hoping his sub shows more effort than United's, who have looked sloppy.
....The little strike tucks the ball in the corner of the net and Olympiakos have a lifeline. GOAL!!!!!
Fortune is caught dwelling on the ball and Choutos drives inot the box with the United defence trailing in his wake......
Neville drives down the right for United. The defender whips in a cross that's too high for the loan figure of Forlan.
That was Olympiakos' first shot on target....or near the target for the matter.
....Choutos hits his shot on the turn and Barthez collects the ball down low.
The ball spins off Antzas and falls to Choutos in space to shoot.....
Djordjevic urges his teammates forward and spreads the play wide for Giannakopoulos.
Veron takes responsibility. His dipping shot whistles wide of the Eleftheropoulos' right hand post.
He finds Forlan in an advanced position and the striker wins a freekick in Beckham territory - but Golden Balls is off the pitch.
Chadwick will be looking to impress after making comments in the press about wanting to be a first team player.
Giggs is replaced by Fortune and Chadwick is on for Beckham.
Scholes sweeps the ball the full width of the pitch to Veron as United ready a few substitutes.
2-0, United are cruising and it looks like the next round for Ferguson's men.
....Veron hammers a low ball past Eleftheropoulos outstretched arms and into the bottom corner. GOAL!!!!!!!!
United break and Giggs sets up Veron for a 20-yard shot.........
Annoyed by his teammate's poor effort Giannakopoulos tries one himself from 30-yards - with the same results.
Giannakopoulos fools Silvestre and cuts the ball back to Drasena on the edge of the box. The number 15 miss times his shot, spoons the ball in the air and out for a goalkick.
Forlan tries to control a ball into the box, stands on it, falls over and ends up on his backside.
Djordjevic manufactures himself some space on the edge of the box. Veron gets his head to the chipped through ball.
Veron attempts to play a long range one-two with Giggs, but a heavy touch takes the ball away from the Argentina international.
Giannakopoulos manages to keep a cross-field ball in play bu8t his cross drifts out for a goalkick.
...No. He scuffs his rigfht foot shot a little and the keeper catches it with both hands.
Scholes slips the ball to Forlan on the wide left of the area...could this be a Forlan goal.....
Karembeu finds Choutos in front of the United back four. The striker tries through ball and the ball trickles out for a goalkick.
Choutos, on for Brazilian striker Giovanni, gets the second-half underway.
Olympiakos have looked lacklustre and new boss Yiannis Kollias will want at least SOME effort from his players in the second-half.
Unexpected domination from Manchester United, but they only have one goal to show for their efforts and lead 1-0 at the break.
Giannakopoulos switches play from right to left as the ref blows for half-time.
Djordjevic wins a freekick and will take it himself. He curls his 25-yard shot round the wall and over Barthez's goal.
....he does, and drives at the Olympiakos defence before blasting a 20-yard shot over the bar.
The United players have so much space. Veron stands in the middle of the pitch with his foot on the ball pointing for P.Neville to get forward.......
Djordjevic breaks down the left. He plays the ball in field for Karambeu, who loses possession.
Forlan motors into the box and gets sandwiched by two Olympiakos defenders - no penalty says Collina.
Olympiakos build an attack and Silvestre makes an ariel challenge with Giannakopoulos at the back post - Blanc mops up.
.....he snatches his shot in it ends up in row Z.
Giovanni looks to provide a spark and sucks in three United defender before passing the ball to Zetterberg on the edge of the box........
The crowd are silent apart form the odd whistle. A drummer tries to get them behind their team.
Forlan flicks on a cross for Veron, arriving late in the box, but Venetidis gets to the ball first.
Zetterberg hits the freekick, from the left corner of the box, and it dips over the bar.
Olympiakos can't get the ball until a poor touch from Silvestre gifts the ball to Venetidis and G.Neville drags him down on the edge of the box.
United are making it look easy, with Veron in top form again in Europe......shame about his domestic performances.
Scholes picks up the ball in an acre of space and finds Giggs on the edge of the box. The Welshman procrastinates and three defenders tackle him.
Patsatzoglou spreads the play to the left, but Olympiakos can't penetrate the United defence.
Forlan looks to be growing in confidence as the game wears on.....but still no goal for the under-fire striker.
....O'Shea heads the ball into the back of Antzas' head and the ball loops over the bar.
Giggs chinks into the box and floats the ball to the back post for O'Shea.....
Forlan chases a lost cause and then lays the ball off to Veron. The midfielder sweeps the ball across the pitch to Giggs, Silvestre wins a corner.
Olympiakos haven't played domestic football for a month, due to a player strike, and you can tell.
.....Giggs tries to pick out Forlan, when he should have shot, and the chance goes begging.
Veron plays the ball along the floor to Giggs, who drives into the box and looks up......
The Greeks are annoyed. Venetidis decides it's a good idea to be mouthy to the ref and gets booked.
Beckham puts the ball in the box, Blanc rises and heads home thanks to some terrible defending. GOAL!!!!!
Beckham's delivery from the freekick sails over everybody. The keeper decides to touch it for some reason and United have a corner.
Forlan sprints down the left wing and knicks the ball past Anatolakis, who drags him down and gets booked.
The game has gone a little flat but a Scholes handball urges the fans into action.
Neville decides he has had enough of Zetterburg's trickery and fouls him. Freekick.
Scholes chases Antzas into a corner. Under pressure the defender hoofs the ball up the pitch and United have it.
The atmosphere has died in the stadium.
Olympiakos break, but Djordjevic swings a leg at a cross form the left and the ball spoons over the bar. The word composure springs to mind.
United look comfortable after an early flurry in front of goal as Forlan, a lone figure in attack, loses possession.
United are probing the Olympiakos defence and Patsatzoglou eventually pounces on a pass for Silvestre down the left flank.
Karembeu cuts out a Giggs pass and twists and turns away from Forlan, nipping at his heels, to the applause of the fans.
Giovanni tackles Veron and skips past Silvestre but his cross is poor.
....he hits his shot just over the bar.
Becks delivers the resulting corner to the edge of the box, where Scholes is waiting......
Beckham whips one in, Blanc heads the ball down and Eleftheropoulos claws the ball around the post.
....The keeper spills it and United have a corner.
Scholes shrugs off a challenge and has a go from the half-way......
Giggs clips the ball into the box for Forlan, but his first touch is poor and the return pass is wayward.
Zetterberg slides in to tackle Blanc and P.Neville, covering for the absent Silvestre, hoofs the ball clear.
Giannakopoulos swung an arm at Silvestre as they both challenged for a header.
Olympiakos have moved to a smaller stadium for their home games and the atmosphere is excellent as Silvestre hits the deck clutching his face.
Referee Collina blows the whistle and Manchester United get the game underway on a balmy night in Greece.
The kick-off is being delayed. There appears to be a problem with the nets.
It will not be an easy task for the Red Devils with Olympiakos only losing once at home in the Champions League.........to Manchester United.
Even stranger then that Diego Forlan starts up front ahead of Solksjaer, who is on the bench.
A draw will do but United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said his side will be going for a win in the Yorgos Karaiskakis Stadium.
A point in Greece would be enough to reach the next round for United. But can Olympiakos recover from that 4-0 thrashing to beat what will be an understrength Red Devils?