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Gritty Porto frustrate Panathinaikos

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2001, 23.00CET
FC Porto ended Panathinaikos FC's 100 per cent home record in this season's UEFA Champions League by holding out for a 0-0 draw at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosPorto

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target12
 
1
Corners8
 
2
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
26
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 November 2001, 23.00CET

Gritty Porto frustrate Panathinaikos

FC Porto ended Panathinaikos FC's 100 per cent home record in this season's UEFA Champions League by holding out for a 0-0 draw at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium.

FC Porto ended Panathinaikos FC's 100 per cent home record in this season's UEFA Champions League by holding out for a 0-0 draw at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium.

Points dropped
The Greek side were triumphant in all three of their home games in the first group stage, but found their gritty Group C rivals were just too resilient, particularly during a first-half onslaught. Coach Ioannis Kirastas can take heart from the fact a foreign team is still to score at Panathinaikos this season, but he is fully aware of the importance of winning at home and will regard this result as two points dropped.

Dynamic duo
Panathinaikos dominated the game, especially in the first half when strikers Emmanuel Olisadebe and Michael Konstantinou were at their most threatening. Konstantinou was a constant thorn in the side of the visitors’ defence and came close to breaking the deadlock on 26 minutes when Ricardo Carvalho's sliding challenge denied him a clear shooting opportunity. A minute before the interval, the powerful centre forward flicked the ball into the path of Olisadebe who failed to find the target from eight metres out.

Angled drive
The closest Porto came in the first period was a cheeky effort from Deco whose shot from a tight angle nearly embarrassed Antonios Nikopolidis. However, the goalkeeper reacted in time to make a fine save. In the main, the Portuguese side were on the defensive and they appeared relieved to hear the half-time whistle.

Hitting woodwork
Panathinaikos maintained the momentum in the early exchanges of the second half. Kostantinou flashed a shot across the face of goal before their best opportunity of the match fell to Olisadebe in the 58th minute. The Polish striker’s first-time shot, following good work by Panagiotis Fissas, struck the foot of the post.

Cruise control
That near-miss seemed to deflate the hosts whose efforts were increasingly frustrated by a determined rearguard action led by the flawless Ricardo Carvalho. Porto defended deep inside their own half and chose to play on the break with the Brazilian Clayton always willing to try the unexpected. In the last half an hour, they looked relaxed and in control as they comfortably held out for a point.

Last updated: 15/11/12 19.12CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

porto

Porto

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
24
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
4
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
5
ParedesCarlos Paredes
Yellow Card31
6
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
Substitution80
6
CostinhaCostinha
Yellow Card37
Substitution90+2
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution70
10
DecoDeco
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
13
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
17
IbarraHugo Ibarra
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
21
CapuchoCapucho (C)
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution80
28
ClaytonClayton
Substitution78
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
30
SilvaMário Silva
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
31
PenaPena
Yellow Card86
Substitution88

Substitutes

25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
44
Pedro EspinhaPedro Espinha (GK)
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution80
9
EsnáiderJuan Esnáider
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
Substitution80
11
JúniorRubens Júnior
Substitution90+2
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
14
SöderströmFredrik Söderström
Substitution78
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution70
33
Ricardo SilvaRicardo Silva
Substitution88
10
Derek BoatengDerek Boateng
29
Paulo CostaPaulo Costa
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga

Coach

Ioannis Kyrastas (GRE) Octávio Joaquim Coelho Machado (POR)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Fourth official

Mark Halsey (ENG)

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