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Olisadebe pegs back Arsenal

Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 0.03CET
Panathinaikos FC 2-2 Arsenal FC Home substitute Emmanuel Olisadebe equalises in the final ten minutes.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosArsenal

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
2
Corners3
 
0
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 21 October 2004, 0.03CET

Olisadebe pegs back Arsenal

Panathinaikos FC 2-2 Arsenal FC Home substitute Emmanuel Olisadebe equalises in the final ten minutes.

By Paris Ayiomamitis at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium

A goal by substitute Emmanuel Olisadebe eight minutes before the end salvaged a draw for Panathinaikos FC in a thrilling Group E encounter against Arsenal FC.

Match swings
The English champions, who were made to fight hard by the determined hosts, took the lead after 18 minutes with Fredrik Ljungberg before Argentinian midfield player Ezequiel González equalised with a spectacular lob just after the hour. Thierry Henry put Arsenal back in the driving seat again on 74 minutes before Olisadebe headed in an Angelos Basinas corner to leave both these sides just behind new leaders PSV Eindhoven.

Scasny caution
Recently-appointed Panathinaikos coach Zdenek Scasny, starting with a cautious 3-6-1 formation, was forced to omit German defender Markus Münch due to injury, with Pantelis Konstantinidis taking his place on the left wing. Leading scorer Dimitrios Papadopoulos was also missing through injury and Scasny entrusted his attack to lone striker Michalis Konstantinou. Olisadabe was on the bench after a long absence due to injury, but Basinas returned to midfield after recovering from a back complaint.

Ljungberg returns
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger had Patrick Vieira, Gilberto and Dennis Bergkamp all unavailable, but welcomed back Ljungberg on the right side of midfield after missing Saturday's English Premiership defeat of Aston Villa FC with a hamstring problem. Robert Pires supported stand-in captain Henry up front, with José Antonio Reyes on the left, and Edu and 17-year-old Francesc Fabregas in the centre of midfield.

Early chance
Panathinaikos got off to a lively start and Basinas shot narrowly wide of Jens Lehmann's left-hand post after two minutes. Konstantinou then broke free on the right side and sent in a low cross which González was unable to turn in.

Arsenal ahead
Basinas was involved again on 15 minutes when he unleashed a blistering long-range shot which Lehmann was well positioned to block. But three minutes later the visitors opened the scoring in clinical fashion as Reyes caught Panathinaikos's defence napping and delivered a brilliant through-ball to Ljungberg, who easily beat Konstantinos Chalkias from close range to the delight of the small contingent of Arsenal fans.

Panathinaikos attack
The visitors seemed content to control the pace of the game thereafter as Panathinaikos fought back. However, headers from Konstantinou on 25 minutes and Sotirios Kyrgiakos 13 minutes later, and a well-struck free-kick by Basinas on the stroke of half-time was the closest they came before the interval.

Skacel advances
Panathinaikos resumed with more purpose after the interval but Arsenal defended well while continuing to threaten on the counterattack. Scasny pushed Rudolf Skácel forward to support the increasingly isolated Konstantinou. Dumitru Mitu almost levelled on 60 minutes when his left-footed shot sailed narrowly off the intended target.

Superb lob
But the determined home team were not seriously troubling the English champions until Olisadebe arrived in place of Konstantinou on 64 minutes. Moments later the capacity crowd was set alight when Lehmann came out to clear but only found González, who lobbed the Arsenal goalkeeper with an audacious long-range effort.

Henry scores
Arsenal restored their lead nine minutes later in their first dangerous foray of the half when Henry - clearly relishing the opportunity to silence a hostile home crowd - turned in a cross from Ashley Cole.

Vital equaliser
However, the visitors' joy was short lived as Olisadebe equalised with a thumping header eight minutes before the end. That goal enlivened the match with action at either end of the pitch and Arsenal were unlucky not to retake the lead three minutes later when Pires was denied by Chalkias from close range as the game ended level.

Last updated: 21/10/04 9.54CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

arsenal

Arsenal

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
5
MorrisNasief Morris
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
Yellow Card75
7
PirèsRobert Pirès
9
GonzálezEzequiel González
Goal65
Substitution90+1
8
LjungbergFredrik Ljungberg
Goal18
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
9
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution64
12
LaurenLauren
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
14
HenryThierry Henry (C)
Goal74
21
MituDumitru Mitu
Substitution77
15
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Yellow Card90+2
17
EduEdu
26
SkácelRudolf Skácel
Yellow Card90
23
CampbellSol Campbell
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
28
K. TouréKolo Touré

Substitutes

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
13
TaylorStuart Taylor (GK)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
3
KotsiosElias Kotsios
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
4
MaricSilvio Maric
18
CyganPascal Cygan
10
EpalléJoël Epallé
Substitution77
20
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
22
SapanisMiltos Sapanis
Substitution90+1
21
PennantJermaine Pennant
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution64
Goal82
39
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson

Coach

Zdenek Scasny (CZE) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Evgueni Volnin (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Egorov (RUS)

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