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Quick strikes seal Stuttgart success

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.00CET
Panathinaikos FC 1-3 VfB Stuttgart Three goals in ten minutes eliminate Panathinaikos.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosStuttgart

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target9
 
3
Corners4
 
2
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.00CET

Quick strikes seal Stuttgart success

Panathinaikos FC 1-3 VfB Stuttgart Three goals in ten minutes eliminate Panathinaikos.

By Paris Ayiomamitis at the Apostolos Nikolaidis

VfB Stuttgart came from behind to earn a thrilling 3-1 victory at Panathinaikos FC to confirm their status as joint-favourites to advance into the UEFA Champions League knockout stage from Group E along with Manchester United FC.

Stuttgart trio
Second-half strikes from Andreas Hinkel, Kevin Kuranyi and an own goal by Panagiotis Fyssas - all in the space of ten minutes - were enough to cancel out a wonderful effort from Michalis Konstantinou and end Panathinaikos's chances of reaching the last 16.

Early Greek pressure
Panathinaikos enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stages but were frustrated by a tightly packed visiting defence. However, eager to get an early goal, Panathinaikos gradually took control of midfield after ten minutes and their fluid play began to trouble Stuttgart.

Early action
The home side came close on 12 minutes but Cypriot international Konstantinou was unable to connect with a deep cross from Fyssas. Stuttgart bit back a minute later and Pananthinaikos had Giannis Goumas to thank for heading the ball clear before Kuranyi was able to connect in the penalty box.

Hildebrand save
Stuttgart goalkeeper and captain Timo Hildebrand denied the Greek side on 16 minutes after doing well to parry a well-struck shot from Angelos Basinas as, buoyed by the excellent Konstantinou in attack, Panathinaikos showed surprising form to the delight of the home crowd.

Panathinaikos go close
They had the first big chance of the match on 20 minutes after a clever back-heel from Konstantinou darted across the goalmouth but Silvio Maric and Fyssas were unable to nudge the ball past a beaten Hildebrand. Konstantinou was there again a minute later but his diving header went over the crossbar.

Mounting pressure
Croatian midfield player Maric almost got his name on the scoresheet on 26 minutes but his shot narrowly curled over Hildebrand's crossbar as the hosts continued to mount attack after attack. Doubling up front with Konstantinou, Dimitrios Papadopoulos also began to assert himself and came close on 27 minutes when he broke free from midfield only to see his shot go agonisingly wide. Stuttgart increased their ball possession in the dying stages of the half but Panathinaikos remained in control as the interval arrived.

More Greek pressure
There was no let-up after the break as Panathinaikos pushed men forward, while Stuttgart defended passionately. The Greek team came close on 53 minutes after Papadopoulos's shot just fizzed over Hildebrand's bar. And two minutes later Konstantinou's excellent shot inside the area was blocked by the well-positioned German goalkeeper.

Goal apiece
Panathinaikos finally broke the deadlock on the hour after Konstantinou rifled a shot into the net to put his name on the Champions League scoresheet for the first time this season. However, their joy was shortlived as Stuttgart levelled the scores on 67 minutes as Fyssas turned Kuranyi's cross into his own goal.

Stuttgart joy
Stuttgart looked increasingly dangerous as they sought to capitalise on Panathinaikos's confusion and it was not long before Kuranyi silenced the home crowd with an excellent shot 15 minutes before time. The match was then put beyond the home side's reach a minute later when Hinkel threaded through the Panathinaikos defence to slot the ball past Antonios Nikopolidis and cap a memorable comeback.

Last updated: 05/11/03 11.07CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

stuttgart

Stuttgart

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK) (C)
1
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
2
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
Goal77
4
MaricSilvio Maric
Substitution79
3
WenzelTimo Wenzel
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
6
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
8
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution46
11
PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
11
AmanatidisGiannis Amanatidis
Substitution46
14
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
13
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Yellow Card63
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Goal60
Yellow Card87
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
Substitution79
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
20
SoldoZvonimir Soldo (C)
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Goal67
Yellow Card90+2
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm
35
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Yellow Card24
Substitution72
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal75

Substitutes

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
23
HeinenDirk Heinen (GK)
3
MorrisNasief Morris
7
MeissnerSilvio Meissner
Substitution79
6
MünchMarkus Münch
12
GerberHeiko Gerber
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
15
HlebAleksandr Hleb
Substitution46
10
EpalléJoël Epallé
16
HeldtHorst Heldt
Substitution46
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
Substitution72
18
CacauCacau
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution79
35
BrancoSerge Branco

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Felix Magath (GER)

Referee

Massimo De Santis (ITA)

Assistant referees

Vincenzo Mitro (ITA), Paolo Ricci (ITA)

Fourth official

Luca Palanca (ITA)

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