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Panathinaikos defeat debutants Motherwell

Published: Tuesday 31 July 2012, 23.34CET
Motherwell FC 0-2 Panathinaikos FC
A goal in each half condemned the debutants to defeat and gave the Greek side the advantage ahead of next week's return in Athens.
by Mark Walker
from Fir Park
Panathinaikos defeat debutants Motherwell
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored the opening goal for Panathinaikos ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MotherwellPanathinaikos

Goals scored0
2
on target5
 
5
off target6
 
9
Corners8
 
7
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 31 July 2012, 23.34CET

Panathinaikos defeat debutants Motherwell

Motherwell FC 0-2 Panathinaikos FC
A goal in each half condemned the debutants to defeat and gave the Greek side the advantage ahead of next week's return in Athens.

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and substitute Charis Mavrias condemned Motherwell FC to defeat on their UEFA Champions League debut and gave Panathinaikos FC a two-goal lead to take into next week's second leg in Athens.

Although the hosts started the third qualifying round tie brightly, Panathinaikos took the lead thanks to Christodoulopoulos's 14th-minute free-kick. Motherwell twice came close to an equaliser but the Greek side doubled their advantage through Mavrias with just under a quarter of an hour remaining.

Spurred on by a vocal home support, who were watching their team in the competition for the first time, Motherwell came close to opening the scoring on ten minutes through Chris Humphrey, whose effort flew just over the crossbar. It did not take long, though, for Jesualdo Ferreira's charges to assert their authority. They were ahead on 14 minutes when Christodoulopoulos's free-kick evaded the wall and Darren Randolph in the Motherwell goal.

Steelmen captain Keith Lasley had a wonderful opportunity to equalise in the 26th minute but failed to convert when one-on-one with goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Nicky Law forced Karnezis into a smart double save 11 minutes into the second half but, as Stuart McCall's men pushed forward, the Greens hit them on the break. Mavrias had been on the pitch less than 60 seconds when he put the finishing touch to a flowing breakaway move.

Ibrahim Sissoko, who was impressive throughout, presented Bruno Fornaroli with a great chance to extend Panathinaikos' lead in the final minute only for the substitute to fire over.

Last updated: 31/07/12 23.47CET

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Lineups

motherwell

Motherwell

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
3
HammellSteven Hammell
3
SissokoIbrahim Sissoko
4
LawNicky Law
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
5
HutchinsonShaun Hutchinson
6
VitoloVitolo
6
HateleyThomas Hateley
9
TochéToché
Substitution76
7
HumphreyChris Humphrey
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Goal14
Substitution85
8
OjamaaHenrik Ojamaa
Substitution79
17
ZecaZeca
Yellow Card74
9
HigdonMichael Higdon
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
Substitution67
11
MurphyJamie Murphy
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra (C)
14
LasleyKeith Lasley (C)
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
15
RamsdenSimon Ramsden
44
VelázquezJosé Manuel Velázquez

Substitutes

12
HollisLee Hollis (GK)
25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
16
McHughRobert McHugh
7
MavriasCharis Mavrias
Substitution76
Goal76
17
Daley                         Omar Daley
Substitution79
14
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
Substitution85
18
CarswellStuart Carswell
16
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
26
Francis-AngolZaine Francis-Angol
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
27
HetheringtonSteven Hetherington
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution67
30
CumminsAdam Cummins
34
FourlanosSpyros Fourlanos

Coach

Stuart Mccall (ENG) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant referees

Berry Simons (NED), Nicky Siebert (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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