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Panathinaikos secure Sparta double

Published: Wednesday 27 February 2002, 22.58CET
Panathinaikos FC consolidated second place in Group C with a 2-1 win against AC Sparta Praha.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosSparta Praha

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners6
 
3
Offsides8
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 27 February 2002, 22.58CET

Panathinaikos secure Sparta double

Panathinaikos FC consolidated second place in Group C with a 2-1 win against AC Sparta Praha.

Panathinaikos FC consolidated their second place in Group C of the UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 win against AC Sparta Praha on Wednesday night.

A constant threat
Michael Konstantinou was the hero of the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium, his goals on 15 and 47 minutes making Martin Klein's late header little more than a consolation for the visitors. Konstantinou struck first after breaking on to a chipped pass from Angelis Basinas to finish past Petr Cech. The Cypriot international had already threatened the opener when he reacted quickest to the promptings of Nikos Liberopoulos only to have the ball pick-pocketed away from him by the alert Cech. And he scored his second moments after the restart with a thumping header from Jan Michaelsen's right-wing cross.

Business and brilliance
Yet the 24-year-old was not the only difference between the sides. In Liberopoulos and Angelis Basinas, Panathinaikos coach Sergio Markarian had the necessary blend of business and brilliance, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos took the defensive honours for the home side. In fact, up until Klein's 90th-minute intervention, home goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis had made just two saves of note - both from long-range drives from Jiri Jarosik and Lukás Zelenka.

Bringing the house down
While the visitors huffed and puffed, Konstantinou threatened to bring the house down every time he got near the opposition penalty area. He glanced a header narrowly wide from Basinas's free-kick on the stroke of half-time, then passed up the chance of a hat-trick goal shortly before leaving the field to a standing ovation on 80 minutes. It was the least he deserved.

Favourites' tag
Panathinaikos moved four points clear of Sparta with this victory, making them favourites to join leaders Real Madrid CF in the quarter-finals. And who would bet against a team unbeaten in six home games in the competition?

Czechs disappoint
Sparta, meanwhile, had to say goodbye to their unbeaten away record after a disappointing performance from Jaroslav Hrebík's men. Something had to give in Athens, and happily for Panathinaikos and Konstantinou, it was the Sparta defence.

Last updated: 16/11/12 4.37CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

sparta praha

Sparta Praha

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
17
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
5
FlachbartJan Flachbart
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
7
ZelenkaLukáš Zelenka
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Yellow Card48
Substitution62
8
NovotnýJiří Novotný (C)
15
ŠarićDaniel Šarić
9
KinclMarek Kincl
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
10
MichalíkRastislav Michalík
18
PitsosMinas Pitsos
Substitution77
14
SionkoLibor Sionko
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Goal15
Goal47
Yellow Card78
Substitution82
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Yellow Card23
22
ČížekTomáš Čížek
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
27
MynářRadek Mynář
Yellow Card45+1
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
28
ZavadilPavel Zavadil
Substitution38

Substitutes

25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
1
ŠpitMichal Špit (GK)
4
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
13
KleinMartin Klein
Substitution38
Goal90
5
GalettoFernando Galetto
Substitution62
24
AbandaPatrice Abanda
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
25
BabničPeter Babnič
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
Substitution82
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
27
JarniRobert Jarni
Substitution77

Coach

Sergio Markarian (URU) Jaroslav Hřebík (CZE)

Referee

Knud Erik Fisker (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Lars Gerner (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

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