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Rampant AEK end Maccabi dreams

Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.04CET
Maccabi Haifa FC 1-4 AEK Athens FC(Agg:1-8) Another big win meant AEK stormed past Maccabi on aggregate.

Match statistics

M. HaifaAEK

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 12 December 2002, 21.04CET

Rampant AEK end Maccabi dreams

Maccabi Haifa FC 1-4 AEK Athens FC(Agg:1-8) Another big win meant AEK stormed past Maccabi on aggregate.

AEK Athens FC cruised into the fourth round of the UEFA Cup with a crushing 8-1 aggregate win against Maccabi Haifa.

Resounding result
Both sides came into this competition having been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, but the gulf between the teams was apparent as AEK won the second leg 4-1 in the GSP stadium in Cyprus - where Maccabi have been forced to play their European home games this season - to add to their 4-0 win in Greece two weeks ago.

Maccabi begin brightly
Maccabi actually started the brighter, and their early pressure paid off in the sixth minute when Nikolaos Georgeas brought down Adoram Keise inside the AEK penalty area. Walid Badir easily tucked away the penalty, sending Dionisios Chiotis the wrong way.

AEK on the attack
AEK took some time to get back into the game, with their first real chance arriving two minutes past the half-hour, as Vassilios Lakis saw his effort cleared off the line by Eric Ejiofor. Lakis then headed just wide from a great cross by Grigorios Georgatos, but AEK were always in danger of conceding a second goal, as Yaniv Katan and Nenad Pralija consistently threatened on the counter-attack.

Second-half equaliser
AEK took control after half-time and drew level after 56 minutes when Lakis found Konstantinos Katsouranis unmarked in the Maccabi area. From then on it was all AEK, although Maccabi substitute Eran Levy missed a glorious chance to restore his side’s lead as he put the ball wide from right in front of goal.

Late goals
As Maccabi pushed forward, AEK exploited the spaces and deservedly took the lead in the 80th minute, when Georgatos’ tantalising cross found Lakis in the area. He made no mistake. The goal demoralised Maccabi, and it was AEK who poured forward as substitute Dimitrios Nalitzis, Georgatos and Lakis all missed glorious chances within the space of three minutes. AEK eventually made their pressure count, with substitute Walter Centeno creating two late goals for Lakis and Dimitrios Nalitzis.

'It was easy'
“We already were in a good position after the first leg, and after we equalised things were very easy for us. I hope this game gives us confidence for our upcoming league games, and hopefully we can get back on track,” said AEK's Dutch defender Michel Kreek.

Last updated: 13/12/02 0.43CET

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Lineups

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M. Haifa

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AEK

22
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis
3
HaraziAlon Harazi
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
4
BenadoArik Benado (C)
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Substitution80
5
BadierWalid Badier
Goal5
7
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
Substitution70
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
8
KreekMichel Kreek
10
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution72
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis (C)
Substitution66
13
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution72
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
19
EjioforEric Ejiofor
19
WrightMauricio Wright
16
ZanoAvishay Zano
Yellow Card11
Substitution59
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal56
20
KatanYaniv Katan
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Goal80
Goal90
28
PralijaNenad Pralija
Yellow Card70
31
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
Yellow Card21

Substitutes

44
AwatDudu Aouate
1
AtmatsidisElias Atmatsidis
7
LevyEran Levy
Substitution59
2
BorbokisVassilios Borbokis
8
SiviliaNir Sivilia
Substitution72
15
PrietoLivio Prieto
9
CohenRafi Cohen
18
CentenoWalter Centeno
Substitution80
18
IsrailevichGuillermo Israilevich
Substitution72
20
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
23
NagarYossi Nagar
28
M. PetkovMilen Petkov
Substitution70
26
AlmoshninoEyal Almoshnino
37
NalitzisDimitrios Nalitzis
Substitution66
Goal90+3

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Dušan Bajević (SRB)

Referee

Knud Erik Fisker (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Bill René Hansen (DEN)

Fourth official

Johnny Røn (DEN)

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