La Rosaleda - Malaga 22/08/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Play-offs, First leg

Málaga - Panathinaikos
2-0

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Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos

Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.50CET
Málaga CF 2-0 Panathinaikos FC
A vibrant performance, crowned by goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu, put the Spanish side in sight of a first group stage appearance.
by Paul Bryan
from La Rosaleda

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Match statistics

Málaga
Panathinaikos

2

Goals scored

0

61

Possession (%)

39

22

Total attempts

5

7

Attempts on target

3

15

Attempts off target

2

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

5

Offsides

5

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

12

11

Fouls suffered

14

Lineups

málaga

Málaga

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

13Willy (GK)27Karnezis (GK)
2Gámez
Yellow Card9
3Sissoko
3Weligton (C)4Boumsong
Substitution64
5Demichelis
Goal17
6Vitolo
7Joaquín7Mavrias
8Toulalan14Fornaroli
Substitution69
15Monreal17Zeca
Yellow Card18
Substitution39
16Maresca
Substitution70
24Vyntra
Yellow Card72
18Eliseu
Goal34
Substitution78
29Katsouranis (C)
22Isco
Yellow Card47
31Spyropoulos
45Fabrice
Substitution70
44Velázquez

Substitutes

1Kameni (GK)25Kotsolis (GK)
6Camacho
Substitution70
5André Pinto
Substitution64
17Duda
Substitution78
Yellow Card90+4
9Toché
Substitution69
20Buonanotte
Substitution70
10Christodoulopoulos
Substitution39
21Sergio Sánchez22Marinos
26Juanmi23Lagos
27Portillo28Petropoulos

Coaches

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Standings

Matches

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.50CET

Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos

Málaga CF 2-0 Panathinaikos FC
A vibrant performance, crowned by goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu, put the Spanish side in sight of a first group stage appearance.

Málaga CF's dream of a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage is closer to realisation after a dominant display against Panathinaikos FC earned a two-goal cushion to take to Greece.

Seemingly unaffected by the summer departure of several players who were instrumental in helping the team to a fourth-placed Liga finish last term, Los Boquerones attacked former coach Jesualdo Ferreira's side throughout. They were rewarded by first-half goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu.

Prior to the encounter, both coaches made reference to Panathinaikos's greater European experience yet in the early stages it appeared to count for little as Ferreira's men started on the back foot against a Málaga side roared on by a vociferous home crowd.

Marauding Portuguese midfielder Eliseu raked a shot from distance wide of Orestis Karnezis's upright before a fine move involving Joaquín and the 16-year-old Fábrice led to Eliseu drawing a flying stop from the Panathinaikos No1.

A collection of Málaga fans had greeted the players' entry to the pitch with a giant banner that read, "What our grandparents never witnessed, our children are about to see." The inspirational message appeared to have registered as Manuel Pellegrini's charges edged ahead in the 17th minute, Demichelis flicking in from close range after Welington had headed Joaquín's corner goalwards.

Panathinaikos had failed to win in 12 previous encounters in Spain, losing 11, and the chances of improving on those statistics receded approaching the break. Isco played a one-two with Joaquín before chipping a clever pass back for the unmarked Eliseu who calmly struck a low volley past Karnezis. 

Ferreira introduced Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, scorer of two goals against Motherwell FC in the previous round, yet the change failed to prove effective as Málaga continued to flow forward after the restart.

Knowing their hopes of reaching the group stage for a tenth time were diminishing, the visitors pressed with a Bruno Fornaroli shot from inside the area was well held by Willy. Charis Mavrias then skied an Ibrahim Sissoko cut-back before Toché found the legs of the Málaga goalkeeper when put through. Failure to take those chances leaves Panathinaikos with plenty to do in Tuesday's second leg.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.45CET

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