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AEK hail Julio Cesar

Published: Thursday 24 August 2006, 0.30CET
AEK Athens FC 3-0 Heart of Midlothian FC (agg: 5-1) Brazilian striker Julio Cesar scored twice as AEK saw off nine-man Hearts.

Match statistics

AEKHearts

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target13
 
0
Corners7
 
0
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
2

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 24 August 2006, 0.30CET

AEK hail Julio Cesar

AEK Athens FC 3-0 Heart of Midlothian FC (agg: 5-1) Brazilian striker Julio Cesar scored twice as AEK saw off nine-man Hearts.

Led by the inspired Brazilian striker Julio Cesar, who scored twice, AEK Athens FC sealed qualification to the UEFA Champions League group stage with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Heart of Midlothian FC, who finished the match with only nine men.

Two red cards
Playing in front of 48,000 fans in the Olympic Stadium in Athens, the venue for this season's UEFA Champions League final next May, AEK started brightly and their cause was helped in the 30th minute when Hearts midfielder Julien Brellier was sent off for a second yellow card. However, the first goal was not forthcoming until another Hearts player, Neil McCann, was also sent off just after the hour, this time after a foul on Vladimir Ivić.

Penalty opener
From that moment on, it was just a matter of time before AEK found the breakthrough and it came in the 79th minute from the penalty spot after substitute Vassilios Lakis was brought down by Deividas Cesnauskis and Julio Cesar converted the spot kick. Three minutes later, a header by Nikolaos Lyberopoulos doubled the lead on the night and the third goal came from Julio Cesar, who dribbled past two Hearts players before firing past Craig Gordon.

Hearts' comfort
Hearts, who went close with early attempts by Jamie Mole and Paul Hartley, failed to secure their first-ever berth in the UEFA Champions League, but they still have the security of European football this season in the form of the UEFA Cup, with the draw being held in Monaco on Friday.

Last updated: 24/08/06 9.38CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

hearts

Hearts

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
5
CirilloBruno Cirillo
2
NeilsonRobbie Neilson
Yellow Card6
13
PautassoMartin Pautasso
Substitution73
3
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Yellow Card58
17
IvićVladimir Ivić
4
PressleySteven Pressley (C)
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
Substitution55
7
McCannNeil McCann
Red Card64
25
EmersonEmerson
10
HartleyPaul Hartley
Substitution63
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
Yellow Card74
16
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
Yellow Card40
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Yellow Card16
Goal81
Substitution83
18
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution80
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
20
BerraChristophe Berra
55
DellasTraianos Dellas (C)
28
BrellierJulien Brellier
Red/Yellow Card29
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Goal78
Goal85
Yellow Card89
35
MoleJamie Mole
Substitution86

Substitutes

84
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
13
BanksSteven Banks (GK)
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution55
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution63
79
KampadaisLeonidas Kampadais
Substitution83
19
PinillaMauricio Pinilla
Substitution86
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
Substitution73
23
WallaceLee Wallace
Substitution80
4
MorasVangelis Moras
14
BešlijaMirsad Bešlija
7
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
22
ElliotCalum Elliot
14
TziortziopoulosStavros Tziortziopoulos
25
KaripidisChristos Karipidis

Coach

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP) Valdas-Augustinas Ivanauskas (LTU)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

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