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Madrid in cruise control

Published: Wednesday 5 December 2001
It was one-way traffic at the the Santiago Bernabéu stadium as Real Madrid CF brushed aside Panathinaikos FC 3-0 on Tuesday.

Match statistics

Real MadridPanathinaikos

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners9
 
3
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 5 December 2001

Madrid in cruise control

It was one-way traffic at the the Santiago Bernabéu stadium as Real Madrid CF brushed aside Panathinaikos FC 3-0 on Tuesday.

Real Madrid CF 3-0 Panathinaikos FC. It was one-way traffic at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium as Real Madrid CF brushed aside Panathinaikos FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of UEFA Champions League Group C. Iván Helguera opened the scoring late in the first half and Raúl González confirmed his side’s supremacy with two goals after the break.

Tactics backfire
Panathinaikos coach Yannis Kyrastas decided on a defensive 5-3-2 formation and from the start it was clear his tactics were centred on containment. Madrid were subdued in the opening 20 minutes as they struggled to find a way past a deep-lying Panathinaikos defence but, as the game progressed, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane became increasingly influential.

Flying saves
The hosts nearly opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Raúl got his head to Zidane’s teasing cross only to be denied by a flying save from Antonios Nikopolidis. Then Figo went close with a free-kick but again Nikopolidis was Panathinaikos's saviour.

Intense pressure
The deadlock was finally broken four minutes before the interval when Helguera chested down Zidane’s angled pass and fired a low shot under the scrambling Nikopolidis. The goal proved the catalyst for an intense spell of Madrid pressure. Figo hit the bar with a ferocious stike from distance, while Raúl screwed his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Double change
Panathinaikos offered very little going forward and Kyrastas decided to change things sooner rather than later. Derek Boateng and Giorgios Karagounis were introduced into the midfield at half-time and the impact was almost immediate. Within seconds of the restart, Boateng was clean through on Iker Casillas, but the Spanish goalkeeper rushed off his line to make a crucial block. The Greek side were visibly lifted and their best moment of the match came five minutes later when Emmanuel Olisadebe broke the offside trap only to see his shot deflected wide by Casillas’s boot.

Raúl pounces
These two scares stung Madrid into action and they scored a decisive second in the 66th minute. Roberto Carlos's delicious cross bounced off Fernando Morientes and sat up perfectly for Raúl who headed into the net from five metres. The Spanish international collected his second of the night, and fourth of the competition, six minutes later after Nikopolidis failed to hold Figo’s powerful free-kick.

Three points clear
The win, combined with AC Sparta Praha’s 1-0 victory at FC Porto, leaves Madrid three points clear at the top of the group going into the winter break.

Last updated: 15/11/12 20.42CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
Substitution77
4
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Yellow Card79
4
HierroFernando Hierro (C)
Substitution52
6
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
Substitution46
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Goal41
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution46
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
Goal66
Goal72
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution86
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution70
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
31
PavónPaco Pavón
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Yellow Card39

Substitutes

13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
14
GutiGuti
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution70
15
GeremiGeremi
10
Derek BoatengDerek Boateng
Substitution46
18
KarankaAitor Karanka
Substitution52
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution77
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
23
MunitisPedro Munitis
Substitution86
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
30
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution46

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Ioannis Kyrastas (GRE)

Referee

Gilles Veissiere (FRA)

Assistant referees

Serge Vallin (FRA), Frédéric Arnault (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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