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Draw enough for AEK

Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET
Stefan Yurukov’s injury-time equaliser could not save PFC Litex Lovech, who exited the UEFA Cup 4-3 on aggregate against AEK Athens.

Match statistics

LitexAEK

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2001, 23.00CET

Draw enough for AEK

Stefan Yurukov’s injury-time equaliser could not save PFC Litex Lovech, who exited the UEFA Cup 4-3 on aggregate against AEK Athens.

PFC Litex Lovech 1-1 AEK Athens FC (Aggregate: 3-4) Stefan Yurukov’s injury-time equaliser was not enough to salvage a UEFA Cup third-round victory for PFC Litex Lovech, who went out 4-3 on aggregate to AEK Athens FC in Bulgaria. Yurokov’s strike cancelled out Carlos Gamarra’s 16th-minute goal for the visitors, who progress to the competition’s last 16.

Leaping Gamarra
Themistoklis Nikolaidis missed a golden chance to open the scoring early on for AEK but they were not to be denied for long. Goalkeeper Vitomir Vutov blocked a Sotirios Konstantinidis shot from close range on the quarter-hour, but from Milen Petkov's ensuing corner Gamarra leapt highest to head the visitors into the lead.

Fine volley
AEK could have doubled their advantage in the next attack but a fine volley by Bulgarian international Milen Petkov was safely handled by Vutov.

Reflex save
After that, Litex's captain Hristo Yovov wasted a succession of free-kicks in good positions before AEK had another great opportunity for a second goal. However, Vutov pulled off a fantastic reflex save to deny Konstantinidis.

Last-ditch clearance
Litex coach Ferario Spasov made two substitutions at the start of the second half, including the addition of striker Yurukov who made an immediate impact. In the 54th minute, Yurukov headed the ball back for Kiril Nikolov, who fired in a powerful shot which was cleared off the line.

Defensive block
The Bulgarian side’s increasingly desperate attacks left Nikolaidis with plenty of space to exploit on the break and he missed a great chance to deliver the decisive blow in the 78th minute when his close-range effort was blocked by a defender.

Too little too late
Yurokov finally found the net for the hosts in injury time, heading home a right-wing cross from Murad Hidioued, but it was too little too late for Litex.

 

Last updated: 15/11/12 21.00CET

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Lineups

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Litex

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AEK

1
VutovVitomir Vutov
1
AtmatsidisElias Atmatsidis
5
PătraşcuAurelian Pătraşcu
Substitution46
4
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
Goal16
Yellow Card32
6
KirilovRosen Kirilov
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou (C)
Yellow Card9
8
BornosuzovAtanas Bornosuzov
Yellow Card44
Substitution46
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
11
YovovHristo Yovov (C)
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution66
13
DimitrovNikolai Dimitrov
Yellow Card90+2
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
17
RachitaValeriu Rachita
Substitution70
14
ZikosAkis Zikos
Yellow Card28
18
HdiouadMourad Hdiouad
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
Substitution59
19
PetrovMarin Petrov
17
KasapisMihalis Kasapis
21
JankovićZoran Janković
20
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
Substitution90
23
JelenkovićNebojša Jelenković
Yellow Card59
28
M. PetkovMilen Petkov

Substitutes

12
StavrevStoyan Stavrev
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis
2
BachevStanislav Bachev
2
MaricaMarica
Substitution59
7
IlievIlia Iliev
7
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
10
PetevIvaylo Petev
Substitution70
19
KolaBledar Kola
Substitution90
9
YurukovStefan Yurukov
Substitution46
Goal90+2
21
KarayannisVaios Karayannis
14
NikolovKiril Nikolov
Substitution46
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution66
30
KrastevTzvetan Krastev
31
TrichiasGeorgios Trichias

Coach

Ferario Spasov (BUL) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Berend Talens (NED), Adrianus Inia (NED)

Fourth official

Peter Oskam (NED)

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