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Angst for ten-man Auxerre

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.38CET
AJ Auxerre 0-0 Panathinaikos FC Stout defending earns the Greek side a draw against ten-man Auxerre.

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.38CET

Angst for ten-man Auxerre

AJ Auxerre 0-0 Panathinaikos FC Stout defending earns the Greek side a draw against ten-man Auxerre.

AJ Auxerre endured a frustrating night against Greek side Panathinaikos FC as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the home leg of their UEFA Cup third-round tie.

Kapo off
To compound the French side's problems, striker Olivier Kapo was sent off in the second half for violent conduct. Nevertheless, despite his team's underwhelming evening, coach Guy Roux was not overly agitated.

'Good result'
"We played well for an hour but could not score, but we have improved since our last league match [Saturday's draw, also 0-0, with SC Bastia]," said the Auxerre coach. "A goalless draw is still a good result to travel with to Greece. But Kapo's dismissal changed the flow of the match and made our jobs harder."

Defensive tactics
The Greek visitors lined up in a defensive formation, and looked from kick-off as if they would be satisfied with a draw. Polish international striker Emanuel Olisadebe was left on the subsitutes' bench, and Panathinaikos packed men behind the ball at every opportunity.

Perfect record
Auxerre had won both their previous home games in this competition – against Neuchâtel Xamax FC and FC Utrecht – and were yet to concede a goal in four previous European games this season. Roux's team extended the latter record, but were unable to break through their stubborn and well-organised visitors. In their 75th match in European competition, the French side largely dictated the pace of the game, but were denied time and space by their hard-working and durable opponents.

Few chances
The pattern of the game continued into the second half, with clear goalscoring chances hard to come by. Auxerre's task was made even harder after Kapo's dismissal in the 66th minute, the striker being shown the red card following an incident involving Panathinaikos' Danish defender René Henriksen.

All square
Despite their numerical advantage, Panathinaikos were still reluctant to commit more men forward in the final 20 minutes and the match petered out into a goalless draw that leaves next Wednesday's second leg in Athens delicately poised.

'We will qualify'
"Ahead of the match I had a lot of confidence in my team and now after the match I think that we will qualify for the next round," said Panathinaikos coach Itzhak Shum. "My players have given a good performance in France today."

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Lineups

auxerre

Auxerre

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
2
RadetJohan Radet
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
3
MorrisNasief Morris
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
8
LachuerYann Lachuer (C)
6
MünchMarkus Münch
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
11
D. PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos
Substitution63
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
14
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
22
SapanisMiltos Sapanis
Substitution67
23
KapoOlivier Kapo
35
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution85

Substitutes

16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
11
AkaléKanga Akalé
10
EpalléJoël Epallé
Substitution85
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
25
RecorbetDavid Recorbet
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
26
Perrier DoumbéJean-Joël Perrier Doumbé
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution63
27
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
28
PoyetRomain Poyet
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution67

Coach

Guy Roux (FRA) Itzhak Shum (ISR)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

Andy Davis (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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