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Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos

Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.50CET
Málaga CF 2-0 Panathinaikos FC
A vibrant performance, crowned by goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu, put the Spanish side in sight of a first group stage appearance.
by Paul Bryan
from La Rosaleda

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Match statistics

MálagaPanathinaikos

Goals scored2
 
0
on target7
 
3
off target15
 
2
Corners8
 
2
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 22.50CET

Málaga prove too strong for Panathinaikos

Málaga CF 2-0 Panathinaikos FC
A vibrant performance, crowned by goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu, put the Spanish side in sight of a first group stage appearance.

Málaga CF's dream of a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage is closer to realisation after a dominant display against Panathinaikos FC earned a two-goal cushion to take to Greece.

Seemingly unaffected by the summer departure of several players who were instrumental in helping the team to a fourth-placed Liga finish last term, Los Boquerones attacked former coach Jesualdo Ferreira's side throughout. They were rewarded by first-half goals from Martín Demichelis and Eliseu.

Prior to the encounter, both coaches made reference to Panathinaikos's greater European experience yet in the early stages it appeared to count for little as Ferreira's men started on the back foot against a Málaga side roared on by a vociferous home crowd.

Marauding Portuguese midfielder Eliseu raked a shot from distance wide of Orestis Karnezis's upright before a fine move involving Joaquín and the 16-year-old Fábrice led to Eliseu drawing a flying stop from the Panathinaikos No1.

A collection of Málaga fans had greeted the players' entry to the pitch with a giant banner that read, "What our grandparents never witnessed, our children are about to see." The inspirational message appeared to have registered as Manuel Pellegrini's charges edged ahead in the 17th minute, Demichelis flicking in from close range after Welington had headed Joaquín's corner goalwards.

Panathinaikos had failed to win in 12 previous encounters in Spain, losing 11, and the chances of improving on those statistics receded approaching the break. Isco played a one-two with Joaquín before chipping a clever pass back for the unmarked Eliseu who calmly struck a low volley past Karnezis. 

Ferreira introduced Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, scorer of two goals against Motherwell FC in the previous round, yet the change failed to prove effective as Málaga continued to flow forward after the restart.

Knowing their hopes of reaching the group stage for a tenth time were diminishing, the visitors pressed with a Bruno Fornaroli shot from inside the area was well held by Willy. Charis Mavrias then skied an Ibrahim Sissoko cut-back before Toché found the legs of the Málaga goalkeeper when put through. Failure to take those chances leaves Panathinaikos with plenty to do in Tuesday's second leg.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.45CET

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Lineups

málaga

Málaga

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
2
GámezJesús Gámez
Yellow Card9
3
SissokoIbrahim Sissoko
3
WeligtonWeligton (C)
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
Substitution64
5
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
Goal17
6
VitoloVitolo
7
JoaquínJoaquín
7
MavriasCharis Mavrias
8
ToulalanJérémy Toulalan
14
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
Substitution69
15
MonrealNacho Monreal
17
ZecaZeca
Yellow Card18
Substitution39
16
MarescaEnzo Maresca
Substitution70
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Yellow Card72
18
EliseuEliseu
Goal34
Substitution78
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
22
IscoIsco
Yellow Card47
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
45
FabriceFabrice
Substitution70
44
VelázquezJosé Manuel Velázquez

Substitutes

1
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution70
5
André PintoAndré Pinto
Substitution64
17
DudaDuda
Substitution78
Yellow Card90+4
9
TochéToché
Substitution69
20
BuonanotteDiego Buonanotte
Substitution70
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution39
21
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
26
JuanmiJuanmi
23
LagosTassos Lagos
27
PortilloFrancisco Portillo
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fredji Harchay (FRA), Huseyin Ocak (FRA)

Fourth official

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Olivier Thual (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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