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Stalemate frustrates Panathinaikos and Rubin

Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET
Panathinaikos FC 0-0 FC Rubin Kazan
Neither side could muster enough chances to break the deadlock in Athens with a goalless draw doing Group D's bottom two sides no favours.
by Graham Wood
from OACA Spiros Louis

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Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
9
Corners5
 
8
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 20 October 2010, 22.30CET

Stalemate frustrates Panathinaikos and Rubin

Panathinaikos FC 0-0 FC Rubin Kazan
Neither side could muster enough chances to break the deadlock in Athens with a goalless draw doing Group D's bottom two sides no favours.

Panathinaikos FC remain bottom of UEFA Champions League Group D after FC Rubin Kazan held their section rivals to a 0-0 draw in a tight encounter in Athens.

Goalscoring opportunities were at a premium though Kurban Berdyev's visitors posed a greater attacking threat. Sergei Kornilenko went close on several occasions while Djibril Cissé cut an isolated figure up front for the hosts, yet both sides could have won it in a frantic finale uncharacteristic of the contest as a whole. Panathinaikos now have a mountainous task to salvage their campaign after collecting one point from three matches. Rubin remain third with two points, three behind FC København.

Having lost to FC Barcelona and FCK, Panathinaikos were eager to get off the mark in the section and they began brightly, controlling the early possession. Shorn of the suspended Gilberto Silva and injury victims Sidney Govou, Sotiris Ninis and Sebastian Leto, however, the Greens struggled to fashion chances. It was not until the 17th minute that they threatened when Stergos Marinos' dangerous cross was diverted over by a combination of Cissé and César Navas.

Rubin's first opening came seven minutes later when Kornilenko headed Bebars Natcho's corner narrowly wide. Berdyev's team grew in confidence as the half unfolded and Panathinaikos had Loukas Vyntra to thank after he diverted Kornilenko's goal-bound shot behind, with home keeper Alexandros Tzorvas then making a smart save from Alan Kasaev's strike from distance.

Panathinaikos's best hopes of a goal seemed to rest on the right flank, and Cissé missed an opportunity to break the deadlock when he headed Vyntra's inviting centre wide a minute before half-time. Nikos Nioplias sought to inject some pace after the interval, introducing both Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Damien Plessis. But it was the visitors who remained more menacing going forward, Tzorvas again showing excellent reflexes to push a Kasaev shot around the post on 64 minutes.

Cissé thought he had done the trick for the hosts 13 minutes from time but the former Liverpool FC striker was flagged offside when he headed Christodoulopoulos' free-kick beyond Sergei Ryzhikov. Nioplias handed 16-year-old midfielder Charis Mavrias his competition debut – the second youngest player in UEFA Champions League history – but despite late chances for Aleksandr Ryazantsev and Vyntra, the breakthrough did not come. It left the home fans, and both teams, disappointed.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.07CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2011/matches/round=2000118/match=2002855/postmatch/report/index.html#group+d+strugglers+draw

Quotes

  • Nikos Nioplias

    Read more"We could have won, but I think the draw was a fair result. Both teams could have scored"

  • Kurban Berdyev

    Read more"We had the territorial advantage but just couldn't convert our scoring chances"

Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

rubin

Rubin

30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
77
RyzhikovSergei Ryzhikov (GK)
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
3
AnsaldiCristian Ansaldi
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
4
César NavasCésar Navas
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
8
RyazantsevAleksandr Ryazantsev
14
Luis GarcíaLuis García
14
KasaevAlan Kasaev
Substitution86
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
Substitution78
16
NoboaChristian Noboa (C)
Yellow Card78
23
SimãoSimão
Yellow Card90+1
19
KaleshinVitali Kaleshin
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
27
BocchettiSalvatore Bocchetti
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution62
61
Gökdeniz KaradenizGökdeniz Karadeniz
Yellow Card7
Substitution65
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution62
66
NatchoBebras Natcho
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
88
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Substitution90+6

Substitutes

66
FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
44
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
2
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin
8
IoannidisGiorgos Ioannidis
5
BystrovPetr Bystrov
Substitution86
19
PlessisDamien Plessis
Substitution62
6
SibayaMacBeth Sibaya
Substitution90+6
20
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution62
22
OrekhovAleksandr Orekhov
21
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
28
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution65
35
MavriasCharis Mavrias
Substitution78
87
Carlos EduardoCarlos Eduardo

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Kurban Berdyev (RUS)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Markus Häcker (GER)

Fourth official

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Dingert (GER), Marc Seemann (GER)

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