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Hello and welcome everybody to the final matchday of the Champions League Group phase.
In Group A only Atheletic Bilbao is already qualified for the Knockout rounds and the three other Teams are all in the hunt for the second place or at least the third, which would qualify them for the Europe League Knockout Rounds.
With 7 points in second place there is Benfica with the best chances to qualify for the next round and they only need a draw to secure the second place.
Unfortunatly they need to travel to Bilbao and are outsiders for this clash.
Anderlecht and Olympiakos are heading against each other and both teams have 5 points on their list. The first clash from these two teams won Anderlecht and therefore they're slight favourites.
Now lets move on and see the starting line-ups from the teams.
Proto - N'Sakala, Boyata, Chancel Mbemba, Colin - Hiljemark - Tielemans, Praet - Kawaya, Conte - Mitrovic
Roberto - Masuaku, Abidal, Botia, Salino - Maniatis, Kasami - Afellay, Dominguez, Durmaz - Benitez
The Fans already are cheering for their team and wait for the Kick-off
The Teams are standing on the pitch and the kick-off can only be seconds away
The Referees whistle had gone and the game is underway
Looks like a bad injury for Alberto Botia
, he is lying on the pitch and seems to have hurt his knee
Botia already needs to leave the field and he's out. His replacement is Dimitris Siovas
Not much is going on right now as both teams are fighting around the middle circle for possesion.
First Chance of the game, as Ibrahim Affelay
plays a lovely ball to Benitez, but he missed only by inches.
Another Chance for Olympiakos. Again Affelay
has outdribbled his opponent, but the angle wasn't good and Proto
saved the ball
This time it is Andy Kawaya
, who launches an attack over the left side and has the first shot at target for Anderlecht
Vicious tackle from Siovas
against Aleksandar Mitrovic
, but the refree didn't saw that
35 Eric Abidal
with a header after a corner, but his header was inches over the crossbar, Anderlecht were really lucky there
44 Silvio Proto
with a really bad goal kick, luckily Dominguez
weren't able to seize on this chance
The half time whistle had gone and it is a 0:0 here in Piräus.
The game is really intense, but the big chances hadn't been there for any of the teams. Olympiakos were the marginally better team and with a little bit more luck, they could've led by now.
We now hope that the second half will be an improvement and that we see a couple of goals.
No changes at any of the teams, as they are heading to the pitch.
Second half kicks off...
...and what a start by Olympiakos! Not even 30 seconds into the match and Dominguet hits the woodwork with a good shoot from approximatly 33 meters.
It seems that this shoot awakend Anderlecht and they start to launch a few offensive attacks, but nothing dangerous has happend by now
52 Youri Tielemans
played a lovely ball to Mitrovic
and the serbian striker is unable to score
with a world-class safe! Again it was Mitrovic
who outplayed is defender and he missed the goal only by inches.
Olympiakos are really struggeling now. The team looks really tired now.
Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal for...
... Anderlecht. Frank Acheampong
scored a goal after an amazing team move.
was only subbed in, 5 minutes earlier and was really keen to show, that his form over the past weeks was poor and he is about to step up his game
Anderlecht is now about to defend their lead, this could go wrong!
Anderlecht is only defending and Olympiakos seem to be to tired to launch some last attacks, will there be a final offense?
It's not looking like it and we should settle for a 0:1 win for Anderlecht. The last question will be, is that enough to qualify for the Knockout rounds in the Champions League or will it only be the Europe League?
What a tackle! Dedryck Boyata
cleared the ball from the line, as Silvio Proto
was already beaten by Ibrahim Affelay
That was it. Anderlecht beats Olympiakos and will remain in a european competition over the holidays.
Thanks to a 2:2 from Athletic Bilbao against Benfica Lisboa, Anderlecht hadn't qualified for the Champions League Knockout rounds and they move down to the Europe League.
Thanks everyone for joining us tonight and we'll happy to see you once again in the next matches.