Schalke secure CL progress

Schalke qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after a solitary goal from Christian Fuchs guided them to victory over Olympiakos.

Last Updated: 21/11/12 at 22:41 Post Comment

Christian Fuchs: Scored the only goal of the game for Schalke

Christian Fuchs: Scored the only goal of the game for Schalke

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Fuchs struck with 13 minutes remaining as the Bundesliga side finally broke down a stubborn Olympiakos side who had little ambition other than to stifle their hosts. It means Schalke are top of Group B, one point ahead of 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 Olympiakos 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, Olympiakos 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 Olympiakos made a rare foray forward and Carroll was again called upon, this time repelling Teemu Pukki's shot with his feet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Premier League: Tottenham's Kyle Walker undergoes abdominal surgery

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property