Olympiakos draws 0-0 with AZ Alkmaar

BY foxsports • November 25, 2009

Olympiakos held AZ Akmaar to a 0-0 draw Tuesday and needs just a point in its last game against Arsenal to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Olympiakos would also advance if Standard Liege fails to win its final game.


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Olympiakos is second with seven points in Group H, three ahead of Standard, while AZ are rooted to the bottom of the group with just two points.

Arsenal, which qualified for the knockout round top of the group with 13 points from five games, travels to Olympiakos Dec. 9 while AZ will be at Standard.

AZ were the more dangerous side throughout but struggled to break down a defensively minded Olympiakos side.

AZ captain Stijn Schaars came close to breaking the deadlock in the 13th minute, but narrowly missed with a low shot from 15 yards.

Jeremain Lens also wasted three chances for the home side in the first half, including shooting wide from 10-yards after a weak clearance from Michal Zewlakow.

"We had chances but we didn't make the best out of them," Lens said. "I had three chances and I should have at least scored one so I am feeling sad."

Olympiakos' best opportunity fell to striker Jaouad Zairi, who had a one-on-one with AZ goalkeeper Romero in the 34th, but the Argentine made a fine diving save.

Australia midfielder Brett Holman thought he had scored for the Dutch side in the 62nd after collecting David Mendes da Silva's through ball but his shot curled just wide.

Two minutes later, veteran goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis was forced to save at full-stretch to keep out Pontus Wernbloom's shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Despite mounting few attacks, Olympiakos could have won the match in the 83rd as Dudu tried to beat Romero from a tight angle only for the goalkeeper to make another diving save.


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