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Polished Panathinaikos ease past Motherwell

Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 23.30CET
Panathinaikos FC 3-0 Motherwell FC (agg: 5-0)
Always in control, the home side scored three second-half goals to confidently consolidate their place in the play-off round.
by Vassiliki Papantonopoulou
from OAKA Spiros Louis
Polished Panathinaikos ease past Motherwell
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos opened the scoring on 51 minutes ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PanathinaikosMotherwell

Goals scored3
 
0
on target7
 
1
off target6
 
3
Corners6
 
1
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
10
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 8 August 2012, 23.30CET

Polished Panathinaikos ease past Motherwell

Panathinaikos FC 3-0 Motherwell FC (agg: 5-0)
Always in control, the home side scored three second-half goals to confidently consolidate their place in the play-off round.

Rarely troubled, Panathinaikos FC booked their place in Friday's UEFA Champions League play-off draw at the expense of Motherwell FC, thanks to a trio of second-half goals.

In energy-sapping conditions, the home side emerged after the break to pick off their opponents without breaking sweat. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos opened the scoring on 51 minutes, before strikes from Charis Mavrias and Ibrahim Sissoko confirmed an emphatic 5-0 aggregate victory.

Panathinaikos began with optimism and intent but failed to make their vibrancy count when Toché profited from a momentary lapse in Motherwell's defence and fired wide with the goal at his mercy. With temperatures soaring to over 30C inside the stadium, both sides lacked rhythm early on. And with chances at a premium, Nicky Law failed to make the most of time and space on 28 minutes when the midfielder's drive was comfortably held by Orestis Karnezis.

Panathinaikos found their pace after the interval and treated fans to a confident display of short, slick passing. They were soon rewarded for their play when Christodoulopoulos continued his fine form from the first leg and found the net with a curling free-kick, which gave Darren Randolph no chance. Ten minutes later, Randolph pulled off a fine save to deny Toché’s point-blank header.

But there was nothing the Motherwell goalkeeper could do to prevent Panathinaikos extending their lead 15 minutes from time, substitute Mavrias concluding a sweeping counterattack with a smart finish from inside the area. A third followed, Sissoko embarked on a buccaneering run, beguiling defenders and beating Randolph from close range.

Last updated: 09/08/12 0.45CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

motherwell

Motherwell

27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
1
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
3
SissokoIbrahim Sissoko
Goal83
3
HammellSteven Hammell
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
4
LawNicky Law
6
VitoloVitolo
5
HutchinsonShaun Hutchinson
Yellow Card65
9
TochéToché
Substitution71
6
HateleyThomas Hateley
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Goal51
Substitution78
8
OjamaaHenrik Ojamaa
Substitution71
17
ZecaZeca
11
MurphyJamie Murphy
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
Substitution71
14
LasleyKeith Lasley (C)
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra (C)
15
RamsdenSimon Ramsden
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
17
Daley                         Omar Daley
Substitution76
44
VelázquezJosé Manuel Velázquez
30
CumminsAdam Cummins
Yellow Card75
Substitution76

Substitutes

25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
12
HollisLee Hollis (GK)
7
MavriasCharis Mavrias
Substitution71
Goal75
9
HigdonMichael Higdon
Substitution76
14
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
16
McHughRobert McHugh
Substitution71
16
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
18
CarswellStuart Carswell
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Substitution78
20
PageJonathan Page
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution71
26
Francis-AngolZaine Francis-Angol
Substitution76
34
FourlanosSpyros Fourlanos
27
HetheringtonSteven Hetherington

Coach

Jesualdo Ferreira (POR) Stuart Mccall (ENG)

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Sandro Pozzi (SUI), Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)

Fourth official

Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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