Christian Fuchs (77 mins)
UEFA Champions League Group B
, Nov 21, 2012
Ground: Veltins Arena , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 52,000
Stevens: We'll bounce back Manager Huub Stevens does not expect Schalke's weekend defeat by Bayer Leverkusen to have any influence on their crucial Champions League clash with Olympiacos.
The Gelsenkirchen side found themselves subjected to stiff criticism after Saturday's 2-0 loss at the BayArena, where goals from Andre Schurrle and Stefan Kiessling sent Stevens' side home with nothing.
It was hardly the ideal preparation for a match where victory would ensure the Bundesliga side's progress to the next stage, but Stevens is unconcerned.
"We have written off the Leverkusen game and the only thing we are focusing on now is to get to the next round," he told reporters.
"We accept the criticism for our performance against Leverkusen but what is more important is the entire picture after 34 league matches." Stevens' bullish attitude came despite a series of injury concerns that are likely to see him denied the services of Ibrahim Afellay (thigh), Christoph Metzelder (groin) and Atsuto Uchida (thigh).
"Afellay is unlikely to play," he added. "It would be too dangerous to play him. Metzelder and Uchida are still building up intensity in training and it would be a risk to play them at this point.
"We still have to decide about that." Their Greek opponents, who are two points behind their hosts on six and still have their own hopes of qualifying, warmed up for the contest with a regulation 2-0 win over minnows Kerkyra.
Boss Leonardo Jardim rang the changes for that game in a bid to keep his first-choice players fresh, meaning the likes of Kostan Manolas, Giannis Maniatis and Kostas Mitroglu should return.
Jardim was confident about his side's ability to progress in the competition, boldly targeting back to back victories over Schalke and Arsenal.
"There are still more six points to win and we intend on doing just that," he said.
Schalke 04 vs Olympiacos
Last modified 22:18 21/11/12
Fuchs seals Schalke's safe passage Schalke qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League after a solitary goal from Christian Fuchs guided them to a 1-0 victory over Olympiacos.
Fuchs struck with 13 minutes remaining as the Bundesliga side finally broke down a stubborn Olympiacos side who had little ambition other than to stifle their hosts.
It means Schalke are top of Group B, one point ahead of English Premier League side Arsenal, with one game remaining.
It was Schalke who made the better start on the attacking front, Klaas Jan Huntelaar firing over from close range.
They were inches away from going ahead in the 10th minute when Lewis Holtby fired in a shot from 25 yards which rattled the bar but went to safety.
Djamel Abdoun fired over as Olympiacos showed as an attacking force but again it was the hosts who came closest to making the breakthrough.
Leandro Greco fouled Huntelaar on the right and from the resulting free-kick, 25 yards out, Fuchs forced visiting goalkeeper Roy Carroll to tip the ball round the post.
Julian Draxler, Roman Neustadter and Jefferson Farfan all had shots blocked as Schalke dominated while Huntelaar volleyed wide.
The Greek side had shown next to nothing as an attacking entity but somehow they made it to half-time without their defence having breached and in reality were quite comfortable.
The second half started much the same as the first, Olympiacos containing Schalke with Carroll comfortably gathering headers from Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Huntelaar.
Home goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall had been a virtual bystander for the game but finally, with a little under 20 minutes to go, he was called upon, tipping Ricardo Paulo Machado's shot from the right around the post.
However, that did not herald more attacking from the Greek side but instead the hosts finally made the breakthrough 13 minutes from time, Fuchs firing home from 30 yards into the bottom right-hand corner of the goal.
Draxler's shot was blocked by Carroll with the keeper then thwarting Huntelaar with his feet.
Machado's curling shot failed to test Unnerstall as Olympiacos made a rare foray forward and Carroll was again called upon, this time repelling Teemu Pukki's shot with his feet.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|10||Lewis Holtby(sub 70)||7/10|
|31||Julian Draxler(sub 87)||7/10|
|25||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar(sub 90)||7/10|
|8||Ciprian Marica(sub 90)||6/10|
|20||Teemu Pukki(sub 70)||6/10|
|27||Tranquillo Barnetta(sub 87)||5/10|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|3||Francois Modesto(sub 80)||5/10|
|27||Leandro Greco(sub 64)||5/10|
|11||Kostas Mitroglou(sub 73)||6/10|
|5||Ricardo Paulo Machado||7/10|
|7||Ariel Ibagaza(sub 80)||6/10|
|10||Rafik Djebbour(sub 73)||6/10|
|19||Torrijos David Fuster(sub 64)||5/10|