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Luis García leads Barça charge

Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.39CET
Panionios NFC 0-3 FC Barcelona Luis García ensures FC Barcelona coast to victory.

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PanioniosBarcelona

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target0
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 7 November 2003, 0.39CET

Luis García leads Barça charge

Panionios NFC 0-3 FC Barcelona Luis García ensures FC Barcelona coast to victory.

FC Barcelona closed in on a place in the third round of the UEFA Cup after a convincing first-round second-leg victory over Panionios NFC at the Gipedo Neas Smirnis stadium in Athens.

Constant danger
Luis García, Patrick Kluivert and Xavi Hernández got the goals in a match that Frank Rijkaard's side controlled throughout. Barça set the pace from the start against a Panionios side that looked to stifle the midfield with a 3-6-1 formation, but in reality the Greeks were often forced to play with five across the back as they struggled to contain Ronaldinho and, in particular, Luis García, who was a constant danger down the left.

Pino isolated
For Panionios, Cristian Pino provided an attacking outlet, but once Barcelona had imposed themselves in midfield the Argentinian striker cut a lone figure as the Greek side defended in numbers. The Barcelona breakthrough was just a matter of time in coming and it duly arrived on 44 minutes, Luis García beating his marker, Marinho Dos Santos Giuliano, on the left and shooting powerfully beyond Jaroslav Drobny from just outside the area.

Kluivert adds the second
Worse was to follow for the home team shortly after the break. Kluivert, who had just replaced Javier Saviola, quickly made his presence felt, picking up a pass from Luis García on 47 minutes then firing past Drobny. From then on, the outcome was assured. Panionios threatened little and when they did forge a chance on 55 minutes, Arkadiusz Klimek’s header was straight at Rüstu Reçber in the Barça goal.

Xavi completes rout
Only Drobny kept the scoreline respectable, saving well from Xavi, Luis Enrique and Luis García in quick succession as the Catalan side pressed late on. But even the Czech goalkeeper could not keep out Xavi's accurate free-kick in added time to make the score 3-0 and the second leg on 27 November little more than a formality.

Last updated: 07/11/03 9.25CET

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Lineups

panionios

Panionios

barcelona

Barcelona

1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
2
MarinhoMarinho
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
4
TziortziopoulosStavros Tziortziopoulos
Yellow Card15
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
5
VlčekPetr Vlček
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
Goal90+2
6
GiannopoulosPanagiotis Giannopoulos (C)
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution46
7
MajewskiAdam Majewski
Yellow Card45
8
CocuPhillip Cocu (C)
8
PinoCristian Pino
Substitution77
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
Substitution62
13
KlimekArkadiusz Klimek
Yellow Card7
Substitution66
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
17
SmiljanicMico Smiljanic
18
GabriGabri
Yellow Card60
20
KontisChristos Kontis
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution73
28
RaguelAlain Raguel
22
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Goal43

Substitutes

12
KostakisNikolaos Kostakis (GK)
25
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
11
LiolidisApostolos Liolidis
Substitution77
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
18
ChasiotisStylianos Chasiotis
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
Substitution46
Goal47
21
Norbert TóthNorbert Tóth
11
OvermarsMarc Overmars
Substitution73
25
MitrouNikolaos Mitrou
16
MarioMario
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
Substitution66
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique
Substitution62
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
23
Thiago MottaThiago Motta

Coach

Jozef Bubenko (SVK) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Konrad Sapela (POL)

Fourth official

Robert Malek (POL)

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