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Fyssas strike ends Liberec hopes

Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 22.31CET
Panathinaikos 1-0 Slovan Liberec (Agg: 3-2) Takis Fyssas sends Panathinaikos FC into the last 16.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosLiberec

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 22.31CET

Fyssas strike ends Liberec hopes

Panathinaikos 1-0 Slovan Liberec (Agg: 3-2) Takis Fyssas sends Panathinaikos FC into the last 16.

An early goal from Takis Fyssas was enough for Panathinaikos FC to advance to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup with a 1-0 win over FC Slovan Liberec at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium which secured a 3-2 aggregate success.

Czech victims
A storming start from the hosts saw defender Fyssas lash the ball into the net just two minutes into the game after Zbynek Hauzr could only parry a Yiannis Goumas header. Liberec thereby became Panathinaikos's third Czech victims in their last two seasons after the Greek side knocked both SK Slavia Praha and AC Sparta Praha out of last season's UEFA Champions League.

Liberec dominate possession
Liberec dominated possession as they went in search of an equaliser but a 35th-minute collision between forward Samuel Slovak and goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis was the closest they came to levelling matters. A flying header from Martin Zboncák also forced a smart save from Nikopolidis with 20 minutes remaining but it was a rare sight of goal for the visitors.

Hosts the likelier
The Czech champions even threw on all three substitutes in a bid to change the course of the tie but it was the hosts who always looked more likely to score again. Indeed, the Athens side should have doubled their advantage in the 77th minute but Nikos Liberopoulos blasted wide when well placed.

Vlaovic goes close
Panathinaikos substitute Goran Vlaovic nearly scored with his first touch but his shot rebounded off team-mate Emmanuel Olisadebe. In the end it did not matter though, as Panathinaikos remain extended their unbeaten run in European and domestic football which now stretches back to 15 September.

'Very difficult game'
"It was a very difficult game for us against a team that does not let you play," said Panathinaikos coach Sergio Makarian after the game. "They press so hard, they are very disciplined and their physical condition is excellent. The final result was fair. It was very difficult to bypass their defence. I am satisfied with my players' efforts and with the fact that we did not concede any goals."

Skorpil disappointed
Meanwhile, Liberec coach Ladislav Škorpil was understandably disappointed. "The result of the first game gave us some hope," he said. "Sadly for us our plans went down the drain though because Panathinaikos managed to score in the second minute. Even then we still believed we could get a result. In the end though we lacked the finishing power."

Last updated: 13/12/02 0.42CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

liberec

Liberec

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
30
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
3
GyanBaffour Gyan
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
Yellow Card27
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
6
ZbončákMartin Zbončák
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution78
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution59
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card45
12
PolákJan Polák
Yellow Card29
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
Goal2
14
JohanaPetr Johana
Yellow Card68
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution89
17
JanůTomáš Janů (C)
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
22
PilnyBohuslav Pilny
Yellow Card80
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
24
SlovákSamuel Slovák
Substitution76
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution62
25
LangerDavid Langer
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis
1
KinskýAntonín Kinský
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
2
CapekPavel Capek
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution78
4
AnčicJuraj Ančic
15
ŠarićDaniel Šarić
7
NezmarJan Nezmar
Substitution46
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
16
LukášPetr Lukáš
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
Substitution89
20
BlahaL'ubomír Blaha
Substitution76
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution62
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
Substitution59
Yellow Card90

Coach

Sergio Markarian (URU) Ladislav Škorpil (CZE)

Referee

Eric Poulat (FRA)

Assistant referees

Nelly Viennot (FRA), Eric Ortega (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Ruffray (FRA)

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