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Barça favour sends Bremen through

Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 0.46CET
Werder Bremen 5-1 Panathinaikos FC
A handsome home victory took on greater significance as FC Barcelona won at Udinese Calcio.
by Andreas Alf
from Weserstadion

Match statistics

BremenPanathinaikos

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners3
 
5
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed25
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 December 2005

E Milan
3-2
Schalke
E PSV
2-0
Fenerbahçe
F Lyon
2-1
Rosenborg
F Olympiacos
2-1
Real Madrid
G Chelsea
0-0
Liverpool
G Betis
0-1
Anderlecht
H Rangers
1-1
Internazionale
H Artmedia
0-0
Porto

7 December 2005

A Rapid Wien
1-3
Juventus
A Brugge
1-1
Bayern
B Sparta Praha
0-0
Thun
B Arsenal
0-0
Ajax
C Udinese
0-2
Barcelona
C Werder
5-1
Panathinaikos
D Villarreal
1-0
Lille
D Benfica
2-1
Man. United
 
Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 0.46CET

Barça favour sends Bremen through

Werder Bremen 5-1 Panathinaikos FC
A handsome home victory took on greater significance as FC Barcelona won at Udinese Calcio.

Werder Bremen may have scored five goals of their own to comfortably defeat Panathinaikos FC, but it was a telling strike hundreds of kilometres away in Italy which ultimately sealed their passage to the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League.

Packed house
Bremen entered Matchday 6 at the foot of Group C, yet knew they would advance with a win should FC Barcelona do likewise at Udinese Calcio. An early Johan Micoud penalty, two Nelson Valdez goals and further efforts from Miroslav Klose and Torsten Frings enabled Bremen to keep their half of the bargain, although supporters at the packed Weserstadion were only able to celebrate when news filtered through of Barça's late success.

Defensive rock
With Ivan Klasnić failing to recover from his appendix operation and Tim Borowski missing with a groin injury, the Bundesliga side paired Valdez and Klose - playing with the aid of a protective mask - in attack to great effect. Jurica Vranješ deputised for Borowski while defensive rock Naldo was benched for the first time this season, sidelined literally by a pain in the neck. In came Leon Andreasen.

Defensive team
Needing a draw to reach the UEFA Cup ahead of their hosts, Alberto Malesani plumped for a defensive selection featuring Sándor Torghelle as the lone striker in front of a five-man midfield. That quintet was supposed to act as a shield as well as counterattacking when the opportunity arose, but failed to do either as Bremen made a blistering start. With less than two minutes gone, Frings slipped a beautiful low ball through to Klose who was sent crashing to the turf by goalkeeper Mario Galinović.

Converted penalty
Having been shown a yellow card, Galinović's next act was to pick the ball out of the net after Micoud cheekily sent him the wrong way with his penalty. Opposition playmaker Ezequiel González was again his team's most creative performer, playing in Dimitrios Papadopoulos whose shot from a sharp angle flew the wrong side of the post.

Excellent goals
Within minutes, though, Panathinaikos were 3-0 down as the German club registered two excellent goals. The first owed much to fine teamwork and composure as Micoud brilliantly headed a Christian Schulz free-kick from the right into the path of Valdez. The Paraguayan had time to stoop and control before turning the ball in from five metres.

Perfect pass
He struck his second three minutes later with Micoud again involved. He found space in an advanced position before playing another perfect pass to Valdez who comfortably touched it beyond Galinović from close range. The Greek visitors had every right to be crestfallen as they trudged off at half-time, yet they were surprisingly sprightly as play resumed, González doing his best to trouble home goalkeeper Andreas Reinke.

Klose composed
When the fourth goal of the evening arrived, however, it went Bremen's way as Micoud sprayed a long ball forward for Klose to chase. The German international outstripped the last defender and had the nous to tempt Galinović to ground before calmly slotting into an empty net. With the match over, as well as their European ambitions, Panathinaikos reduced arrears as Nasief Morris outjumped Valdez to nod in a Loukas Vintra corner.

Handsome victory
Valdez could have made amends soon after, only to head Klose's cross wide. Yet it was to have no bearing on the game, as the crowd rose as one to salute Santiago Ezquerro's 85th-minute strike for Barcelona. The Catalans had time to add another, as did Bremen as Frings capped a momentous night in added time.

Last updated: 08/12/05 10.59CET

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Lineups

bremen

Bremen

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
Yellow Card2
2
FahrenhorstFrank Fahrenhorst
5
MorrisNasief Morris
Goal53
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
Substitution75
6
ConceiçãoFlavio Conceição
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
Yellow Card72
10
GonzálezEzequiel González (C)
Yellow Card87
9
ValdezNelson Valdez
Goal28
Goal31
Substitution79
11
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
Goal2
22
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal51
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Yellow Card66
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
29
NilssonMikael Nilsson
Substitution78
22
FringsTorsten Frings
Goal90+1
31
DarlasFilippos Darlas
Substitution71
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
Substitution50
40
TorghelleSándor Torghelle
Yellow Card38
Substitution73

Substitutes

33
VanderChristian Vander (GK)
12
EbedePierre Ebede (GK)
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
Substitution50
4
KotsiosElias Kotsios
Substitution78
4
NaldoNaldo
7
GekasFanis Gekas
14
HuntAaron Hunt
Substitution79
14
WooterNordin Wooter
Substitution71
19
LagerblomPekka Lagerblom
21
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution75
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
Substitution73
27
LeontiouSotirios Leontiou

Coach

Thomas Schaaf (GER) Alberto Malesani (ITA)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Stefan Wittberg (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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