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Auxerre indebted to cool Kalou

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.33CET
Panathinaikos FC 0-1 AJ Auxerre (agg: 0-1) Bonaventure Kalou strikes to boost resilient Auxerre.

Match statistics

PanathinaikosAuxerre

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.33CET

Auxerre indebted to cool Kalou

Panathinaikos FC 0-1 AJ Auxerre (agg: 0-1) Bonaventure Kalou strikes to boost resilient Auxerre.

AJ Auxerre progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Cup with a single-goal victory against Panathinaikos FC at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium secured by a Bonaventure Kalou strike 18 minutes from time.

Tall order
It was a tall order for the French team to triumph in Greece after the first leg had ended in double disappointment with a 0-0 scoreline and the dismissal of striker Olivier Kapo, who received a red card for violent conduct.

'Strong team spirit'
But they made amends in Athens with a determined defensive display that was applauded by coach Guy Roux. "Our team spirit was very strong and the players were not influenced by the home crowd," he said. "Our defence was also a decisive factor."

Counterattacking threat
The moment that mattered came as Kalou's shot slipped beneath the body of Panathinaikos goalkeeper Costas Chalkias. In contrast, and despite the encouragement of a packed stadium, the home team found it difficult to break down the French defence and found themselves chasing shadows as the visitors unleashed a series of dangerous counterattacks orchestrated by skipper Yann Lachuer and the fleet-footed Djibril Cissé.

Absent stars
"My players did well to pass the ball quickly," Roux said. "Panathinaikos were not the team we expected but we didn't play well either." For that he blamed the absence of key players on either side.

No goals conceded
Another game without the concession of a goal means that Auxerre have now played six matches in the competition and no opponent has been capable of breaching their defence. With a strong home record - before the Panathinaikos tie they had won both their home games - they will prove a tough proposition in the fourth round.

Poor at home
For Panathinaikos the defeat capped a sorry season of European football. They failed to make it past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and with just one draw and three defeats at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium, it is their worst home showing for years.

Not good enough
Coach Itzhak Shum conceded his team didn't play well enough. "Naturally we're disappointed by the result," he said. "But we didn't create any chances."

Busy schedule
The Israeli trainer also bemoaned the absence of key players, including in-form striker Dimitrios Papadopoulos as well as his side's busy schedule of four matches in eleven days. "Our players were very tired, but of course that is no excuse. Injuries were also a problem but we've faced that problem all season."

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

auxerre

Auxerre

12
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
2
RadetJohan Radet
Substitution11
3
MorrisNasief Morris
6
VioleauPhilippe Violeau
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
Substitution78
8
LachuerYann Lachuer (C)
6
MünchMarkus Münch
Yellow Card84
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
14
Raimondas ZutautasRaimondas Zutautas
Substitution73
11
AkaléKanga Akalé
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
12
MignotJean-Pascal Mignot
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas (C)
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
22
SapanisMiltos Sapanis
Yellow Card27
15
KalouBonaventure Kalou
Goal71
Yellow Card84
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Substitution45
26
Perrier DoumbéJean-Joël Perrier Doumbé

Substitutes

1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis (GK)
16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
7
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
Substitution78
3
JaurèsJean-Sébastien Jaurès
Substitution11
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
18
MathisLionel Mathis
10
EpalléJoël Epallé
Substitution45
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
25
RecorbetDavid Recorbet
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
27
SirieixPantxi Sirieix
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution73
28
PoyetRomain Poyet

Coach

Itzhak Shum (ISR) Guy Roux (FRA)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Christian Soltow (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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