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AEK weather Grasshoppers' storm

Published: Wednesday 27 August 2003, 21.58CET
AEK Athens FC 3-1 Grasshopper-Club (Agg: 3-2) AEK hold on despite penalty miss.

Match statistics

AEKGC

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 27 August 2003, 21.58CET

AEK weather Grasshoppers' storm

AEK Athens FC 3-1 Grasshopper-Club (Agg: 3-2) AEK hold on despite penalty miss.

AEK Athens FC overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to qualify for the UEFA Champions League at Grasshopper-Club's expense - although a missed penalty from Nikos Liberopoulos could have cost the Greek side dear.

Headed goals
Two headed goals in five minutes midway through the first half swung the third qualifying round tie in AEK's favour, Costas Katsouranis and Liberopoulos doing the business for the home side. An own goal shortly before the break when Grasshoppers defender Pascal Castillo nodded the ball past his own goalkeeper seemed to put the Greek club in control but the visitors had other ideas.

Nuñez hope
A well-struck 68th-minute free-kick from Richard Nuñez gave the Swiss team hope which could have been short-lived had Liberopoulos converted a penalty moments later. But Grasshoppers were unable to find the goal which would have given them an away-goals victory - and Liberopoulos was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

'Really scared'
AEK coach Dusan Bajevic was under no illusions as to how close his side came to a Champions League exit. "Since I didn't die tonight, I never will," he joked, before adding: "The match was extremely positive for us during the first half, but somehow it got out of hand after the interval. I was really scared - the last 15 minutes were the worst of my life. My players looked too stressed after Grasshoppers' goal and there was nothing I could do from the bench."

Last updated: 28/08/03 1.19CET

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Lineups

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AEK

grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
BorerFabrice Borer (GK) (C)
2
BorbokisVassilios Borbokis
Yellow Card77
2
GamboaFernando Gamboa
Yellow Card17
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Yellow Card90+3
4
MagroFeliciano Magro
Substitution55
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
7
TararacheMihai Tararache
Yellow Card40
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas (C)
Substitution53
8
EduardoEduardo
Substitution45
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
9
PetrićMladen Petrić
19
AmponsahKofi Amponsah
16
CastilloPascal Castillo
Goal39
Red Card75
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal20
17
SpycherChristoph Spycher
31
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
Yellow Card26
Substitution61
23
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Substitution79
32
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
25
NuñezRichard Nuñez
Goal68
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Goal25
Substitution80
26
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski

Substitutes

1
MihailidisChrisostomos Mihailidis (GK)
18
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
Substitution80
5
ShalaRijat Shala
7
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
Substitution53
10
GaneIonel Gane
Substitution79
8
KreekMichel Kreek
19
ChatrucJosé Chatruc
Substitution55
18
MorasVangelis Moras
20
EmbefeAlfred Embefe
Substitution45
Yellow Card70
30
IvićIlija Ivić
21
ZieglerReto Ziegler
88
NalitzisDimitrios Nalitzis
Substitution61
27
OpabunmiFemi Opabunmi

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB) Marcel Koller (SUI)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), Jose Cardinal (POR)

Fourth official

Manuel Martins Santos (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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