The official website for European football

Warzycha saves Panathinaikos

Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 23.57CET
Panathinaikos FC 2-1 PFC Litex Lovech aet (Agg: 3-1) Greek hosts sneak through.
Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 23.57CET

Warzycha saves Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos FC 2-1 PFC Litex Lovech aet (Agg: 3-1) Greek hosts sneak through.

Panathinaikos FC sneaked through to the UEFA Cup second round thanks to two extra-time goals from Polish striker Krzystof Warzycha. The 2-1 victory over PFC Litex Lovech secured a 3-1 aggregate success for the Greek side.

Last-gasp goal
Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Bulgaria, Panathinaikos failed to impress at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium and were made to pay for their lethargy in front of goal. Litex battled hard throughout the contest and took the game into an additional 30 minutes with a last-gasp goal in normal time.

Graf leveller
Argentinian striker Claudio Graf made the breakthrough to give the visitors hope of pulling off one of the shock results of the night against a team that impressed in last season's UEFA Champions League.

Super sub
However, the shock of going behind on the night proved a wake-up call for Panathinaikos. Veteran forward Warzycha, the club's 37-year-old all-time leading scorer, found the net once in each half of the extra period to save the hosts' blushes. He had only come on the pitch 16 minutes from normal time as a substitute for Michalis Konstantinou.

Last updated: 04/10/02 10.02CET

Related information

Team profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err features

Europe's youngest top-flight goalscorers
  • Europe's youngest top-flight goalscorers
  • Germany, England enjoy historic Wembley date
  • Guingamp showing gall in Group K
  • The famous UEFA Youth League coaches
  • Players who shone for both Inter and Milan
  • No time for losers: Europe's unbeaten league clubs
  • Masterclass: Petr Čech's goalkeeping guide
  • Ten things you never knew about Dinamo Moskva
  • Germany v Spain: their EURO meetings
  • Pick of the Week of Football
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.