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Panathinaikos survive late scare

Published: Friday 28 February 2003, 0.06CET
RSC Anderlecht 2-0 Panathinaikos FC (Agg: 2-3) Nenad Jestrovic double proves too little too late.

Match statistics

AnderlechtPanathinaikos

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
2

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Published: Friday 28 February 2003, 0.06CET

Panathinaikos survive late scare

RSC Anderlecht 2-0 Panathinaikos FC (Agg: 2-3) Nenad Jestrovic double proves too little too late.

Nenad Jestrovic struck twice for RSC Anderlecht in this UEFA Cup fourth round second-leg victory at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium on Thursday. However, it was not enough to see the Belgian side through as Panathinaikos FC survived a late rally to advance 3-2 on aggregate and set up a quarter-final meeting with FC Porto.

Vokolos sent off
First-leg goals from Nikos Lyberopoulos and Emmanuel Olisadebe, who scored twice, proved just enough for Sergio Markarian's side who were forced to dig deep to contain Anderlecht, who went on the offensive after Leonidas Vokolos had been sent off for a second bookable offence just before the break.

Jestrovic double
Jestrovic put Anderlecht ahead on the night on 71 minutes with a fine strike and doubled the lead ten minutes later to set up a grandstand finish. Aleksandar Ilic, Aruna Dindane and Jestrovic all had chances to add to the home side's lead, but Panathinaikos held firm. Visiting numbers were further depleted in the dying stages when Pantelis Konstantinidis was ordered off, but despite their late pressure, Anderlecht were unable to force extra time.

Markarian delight
Markarian was delighted to see Panathinaikos progress through to the quarter-finals, but admitted his side had ridden their luck. "I'm very happy to reach the last eight of the UEFA Cup a year on from reaching the quarter-finals of the [UEFA] Champions League," he said. "I actually feel quite lucky about the result. It was much tougher than I expected, especially because from halfway through the first half we had to play with ten men. The match was completely different before and after the [first] sending off. Up until the red card we were in control but afterwards it was difficult to contain them."

'Pull together'
The Anderlecht coach, Hugo Broos, took solace from the fact that his charges had bowed out on a positive note. "I'm very happy that we produced such a performance after our last two defeats," he said. "There have been so many negative things being said about us and the supposedly bad communication between me and the players. This is the kind of result we can achieve if everybody pulls together.

'So close'
"We were so close to the third goal tonight. Aleksander Ilic and Aruna Dindane both went close and Jestrovic very nearly got the third. We absolutely must finish second in the league to qualify for the Champions League next season."

Last updated: 28/02/03 9.38CET

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Lineups

anderlecht

Anderlecht

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

25
ZítkaDaniel Zítka
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
2
IlićAleksandar Ilić
14
VokolosLeonidas Vokolos
Red Card43
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
Yellow Card73
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
Yellow Card76
5
De BoeckGlen De Boeck
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
8
JeštrovićNenad Ještrović
Goal70
Goal81
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Yellow Card35
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution89
11
KolářMartin Kolář
Yellow Card34
Substitution81
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas
12
DollOlivier Doll
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution78
26
DindaneAruna Dindane
Yellow Card29
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution59
31
LovreGoran Lovre
Substitution52
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas

Substitutes

1
De WildeFilip De Wilde
13
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis
18
Seol Ki HyeonSeol Ki Hyeon
Substitution52
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
19
MornarIvica Mornar
Substitution81
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution78
34
TraoréLamine Traoré
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution59
Red Card86
37
JuniorJunior
15
ŠarićDaniel Šarić
Substitution89
43
MacDonaldSherjill MacDonald
22
SapanisMiltos Sapanis
46
HellingsSergio Hellings
18
PitsosMinas Pitsos

Coach

Hugo Broos (BEL) Sergio Markarian (URU)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Jörg Kessler (GER)

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