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Sánchez takes Málaga through

Published: Thursday 27 February 2003, 23.58CET
AEK Athens FC 0-1 Málaga CF (Agg: 0-1) Antonio Sánchez scores the only goal of a tight tie.

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AEKMálaga

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 February 2003, 23.58CET

Sánchez takes Málaga through

AEK Athens FC 0-1 Málaga CF (Agg: 0-1) Antonio Sánchez scores the only goal of a tight tie.

Málaga CF claimed a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after a 26th-minute strike from Antonio Sánchez saw off AEK Athens FC. The home side always looked lively, but needing to score twice after conceding the away goal they were always chasing the game.

Attacking formations
AEK, who drew 0-0 in Spain, fielded an attacking lineup with Vassilios Tsartas and Grigorios Georgatos both coming into the starting eleven. However, Málaga, who dominated the first leg, made only one change - Sandro replacing the suspended Dário Silva in a formation that allowed the newcomer to combine with Julio Dely Valdes and Kizito Musampa in attack.

Wise move
That seemed a wise move from Málaga coach Joaquín Peiró. First his team were able to crowd AEK out of midfield, dampening their early initiative. Then they were able to come forward and pierce the AEK defence, while the Greek side had to rely on hopeful crosses with lone striker Themistoklis Nikolaidis increasingly isolated.

Sánchez goal
There was a warning for AEK after 18 minutes when Marcelo Romero slipped as he looked to turn and shoot, but the home defence continued to be stretched, and the away goal arrived. AEK goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis was teased out of goal to dive and save Musampa's long-range effort, the advancing Dutchman crossed the ball back in, and Chiotis could only touch on to Sánchez, who tapped it into the empty net.

Best chance
This clearly dampened AEK's spirits, and only right at the end of the half did they really recover, Tsartas setting Vassilios Lakis free for the best chance, but the shot went wide. AEK emerged after the break with lija Ivic on in attack, which allowed them to move deeper into Málaga territory, but clear opportunities rarely emerged.

Musampa effort
Indeed, Málaga looked as likely to score on the break. Dely Valdes slipped on 54 minutes as he lined up a shot, and after the hour Chiotis collected an effort from the same player. Nikolaidis had a shot just wide for AEK, but the half's best chance fell to the visitors with Musampa's well-struck attempt hitting Chiotis's legs, as time eventually ran out for the home side.

Visitors' reward
Málaga's positive play had reaped its reward - a quarter-final against Boavista FC - as they did what Real Madrid CF could not in the UEFA Champions League and beat AEK.

'Wonderful counterattacks'
Peiró explained the success after the game, saying: "My players focused and concentrated throughout the 90 minutes. Because of our excellent defence we were able to mount some wonderful counterattacks. When we began in the [UEFA] Intertoto Cup in the summer it was hard to imagine we would make it to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals."

'Many mistakes'
His opposite number Darko Bajevic was downbeat following elimination. "This was one of our worst games ever in a European competition," the AEK coach said. "We made many mistakes, lost our calm, and we lost the ball at a frightening rate."

Last updated: 28/02/03 10.02CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

málaga

Málaga

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis
13
ContrerasPedro Contreras
2
BorbokisVassilios Borbokis
5
RotetaRoteta (C)
Substitution33
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
Substitution78
7
Dely ValdésJulio Dely Valdés
Substitution72
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
Yellow Card44
11
MusampaKizito Musampa
7
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
12
ValcarceValcarce
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
Substitution68
14
RomeroMarcelo Romero
11
NikolaidisDemis Nikolaidis
15
SanchezAntonio Sanchez
Goal26
17
KasapisMihalis Kasapis (C)
19
Fernando SanzFernando Sanz
Yellow Card13
19
WrightMauricio Wright
20
GerardoGerardo
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
21
JosemiJosemi
31
GeorgatosGrigoris Georgatos
Substitution46
23
SandroSandro
Substitution80

Substitutes

33
MihailidisChrisostomos Mihailidis
1
RafaRafa
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
3
BravoBravo
Substitution33
20
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
Substitution78
6
IznataIznata
28
M. PetkovMilen Petkov
Substitution68
17
Miguel ÁngelMiguel Ángel
Substitution80
Yellow Card87
30
IvićIlija Ivić
Substitution46
18
LekoIvan Leko
32
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
24
CanabalCanabal
Substitution72
37
NalitzisDimitrios Nalitzis
28
KokeSergio Koke

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB) Joaquín Peiró Lucas (ESP)

Referee

Robert Styles (ENG)

Assistant referees

Glenn Turner (ENG), Guy Beale (ENG)

Fourth official

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

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