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Panathinaikos keep dream alive

Published: Wednesday 20 March 2002, 23.01CET
Panathinaikos FC 2-2 Real Madrid CF Panathinaikos FC are through to the quarter-finals after a memorable draw against Real Madrid CF.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners7
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
20
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 20 March 2002, 23.01CET

Panathinaikos keep dream alive

Panathinaikos FC 2-2 Real Madrid CF Panathinaikos FC are through to the quarter-finals after a memorable draw against Real Madrid CF.

Panathinaikos FC 2-2 Real Madrid CF
Panathinaikos FC reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid CF on Wednesday.

A superb display
The crowd at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium rose to meet coach Sergio Markarian's side as they earned a place in the last eight after a genuinely superb game against Group C winners Madrid. For long periods of the game, the Ethniki Katigoria side threatened to totally overwhelm Vicente del Bosque's young Madrid side but in the end, the fringe players who travelled to Athens proved they had enough class to hold their hosts.

Early pressure
In the early stages, it looked like Madrid would cave in entirely as Panathinaikos set about their task with incredible passion and the Madrid defence, which included teenagers Raúl Bravo and Rubén González Rocha, looked ill prepared for their task. Just three minutes into the game Iker Casillas was forced to make an excellent save from Jan Michaelsen as Panathinaikos poured forward in search of an early goal, and they took the lead just six minutes later.

Ninth-minute strike
Georgios Seitaridis' cross from the right was headed clear by a Madrid defender, but only as far as Nikos Liberopoulos who smashed the ball past Casillas from the edge of the penalty area.

Surprise equaliser
At this stage, it looked like Madrid would collapse altogether, but instead they equalised just two minutes later. Absolute silence greeted their goal as Steve McManaman's left-wing cross found Fernando Morientes unmarked in the penalty area and he had the simple task of heading over Antonios Nikopolidis to make it 1-1.

Renewed enthusiasm
In fairness, the goal did little to dampen the home side's spirits and Casillas was called into action again after 14 minutes to deflect Michael Konstantinou's toe-poke from a through-ball to safety. He did even better to deny Michaelsen again after 25 minutes as he clawed another fierce long-range shot to safety, and the goalkeeper repeated the same feat in controversial style after 36 minutes.

Controversial save
Michaelsen received the ball inside the penalty area and appeared to take the ball around the goalkeeper before tripping and screwing his shot wide of Casillas' right-hand post. The goalkeeper will claim it as a save but Panathinaikos thought it was a penalty kick.

Cheeky back-heel
However, as half-time approached, it was Panathinaikos who were living dangerously. Firstly Geremi's angled drive from a free-kick in the final minute of normal time just cleared the crossbar. A minute later, Albert Celades's cross was cheekily back-heeled towards goal by Morientes but Nikopolidis did well to save.

Madrid take charge
The second half began at the same relentless pace as the first, but as the minutes ticked by and Panathinaikos began to tire, Madrid began to stamp their authority on the game. Slick passing in midfield saw them deny their opponents possession for long spells in the second half and it was a total surprise when Panathinaikos snatched the lead again.

Panathinaikos strike
This time, Madrid failed to deal with a free-kick from the edge of their penalty area. Giorgios Karagounis flicked the ball across and Ioannis Goumas lost his marker and headed firmly past Casillas to send the crowd in Athens into rapture. Once more, the home side rediscovered their aggression and it was only a superb flying save from Casillas after 71 minutes that stopped them taking a 3-1 lead. As the ball bobbled clear from a corner, Michaelsen struck a stinging shot from 25 metres which Casillas acrobatically pushed around his left-hand post.

Stunning goal
It was a superb shot, but perhaps no as good as the one that earned Madrid their share of the points nine minutes later. Teenager Javier Garcia Portillo, who had been brought on as a substitute for Morientes 20 minutes earlier, marked his Champions League debut with a terrific strike. With the Panathinaikos defence retreating before him, young Garcia Portillo smashed an unstoppable 25-metre shot which flew past Nikopolidis' outstretched left hand and into the net.

A happy ending
It was a goal worthy of settling any game, and with news filtering through that Panathinaikos' only contenders for the runners-up spot in Group C, FC Porto, were losing 2-0 at AC Sparta Praha, that was how it proved. As the final whistle blew, Madrid were pushing for a winning goal, but this was a game that neither side deserved to lose. Both sides are now in the quarter-finals and on this evidence, they will grace the final stage of the Champions League.

Last updated: 16/11/12 7.42CET

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Lineups

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Panathinaikos

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
8
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution80
4
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
9
MorientesFernando Morientes (C)
Goal11
Substitution60
5
GalettoFernando Galetto
11
SávioSávio
Substitution74
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution86
12
Iván CampoIván Campo
Yellow Card45
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
Goal64
15
GeremiGeremi
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
16
ConceiçãoFlavio Conceição
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution71
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Goal9
Substitution77
26
MiñambresOscar Miñambres
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card30
30
Raúl BravoRaúl Bravo
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
33
Rubén GonzálezRubén González

Substitutes

25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
Substitution86
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution80
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
29
Borja FernándezBorja Fernández
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
Substitution77
32
ValdoValdo
Substitution74
15
ŠarićDaniel Šarić
34
SousaSousa
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution71
39
PortilloJavier Portillo
Substitution60
Goal80
27
JarniRobert Jarni
40
César NavasCésar Navas

Coach

Sergio Markarian (URU) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Domenico Messina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Fabrizio Babini (ITA), Silvio Gemignani (ITA)

Fourth official

Daniele Tombolini (ITA)

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