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Udinese undone by plucky Panionios

Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.05CET
Panionios NFC 3-1 Udinese Calcio Panagiotis Giannopoulos scores twice as Italian side are stunned.

Match statistics

PanioniosUdinese

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 17 September 2004, 0.05CET

Udinese undone by plucky Panionios

Panionios NFC 3-1 Udinese Calcio Panagiotis Giannopoulos scores twice as Italian side are stunned.

Ten-man Panionios NFC pulled off a stirring UEFA Cup first round first-leg victory to leave high-profile opponents Udinese Calcio with a mountain to climb in the return leg.

Late red
Three headers, one either side of the break from defender Panagiotis Giannopoulos and another from Travis Dodd, proved more than enough to beat a disappointing Udinese side who could only reply with a low Giampiero Pinzi effort before the home side's Alexandros Tziolis was sent off at the death.

Double denial
Panionios started off well and forged the first effort through Lubomir Meszaros but he could only shoot over the top from distance. Uruguayan Juan Martín Parodi then went close for the home side with a curling free-kick that goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis did well to palm over the top and from the subsequent corner the keeper pulled off another tremendous save from a close-range header.

Quick reply
However, De Sanctis was unable to deny Panionios a 27th-minute lead. A deep cross from the left by Lubomir Meszaros found Travis unmarked at the back post and his downward header was helped in by the former Juventus FC shot-stopper. However, Udinese took less than 60 seconds to respond, levelling almost immediately with a low skidding effort from Pinzi after a clever dummy by Dino Fava.

Unmarked header
Seconds before the break, Panagiotis Giannopoulos rose unmarked to head into the net from a Juan Martín Parodi corner and restore the home side's advantage and Panionios extended their lead still further just short of the hour mark. Giannopoulos converted his second header of the game with Parodi once again the provider, whipping in a left-wing cross that the Greek centre-back nodded in at the back post.

No way back
It was nearly a hat-trick for the former Kavala man as he went centimetres wide with an almost identical far-post header a minute later. But despite a series of substitutions there was no way back for Udinese and with Panionios forward Mário Breška causing the Italian defence problems, it always looked as if the home side could go even further ahead, even when Tziolis was sent off for two bookings in the closing stages.

Greek hope
The final whistle was blown to the sound of raucous celebrations from the Greek players and fans, who will now hold out great hope for progress into the group stage.

Last updated: 17/09/04 1.32CET

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Lineups

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Panionios

udinese

Udinese

1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
3
DoddTravis Dodd
Goal27
Substitution81
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
5
VlčekPetr Vlček (C)
3
CribariEmilson Cribari
6
GiannopoulosPanagiotis Giannopoulos
Goal44
Goal59
Yellow Card75
4
BertottoValerio Bertotto (C)
Yellow Card78
7
MeszarosLubomir Meszaros
6
JankulovskiMarek Jankulovski
8
ZimonjicSaša Zimonjic
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
10
ParodiJuan Martín Parodi
Substitution84
11
FavaDino Fava
Substitution61
15
DomoraudGilles Domoraud
13
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Goal28
Yellow Card57
21
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
17
Di MicheleDavid Di Michele
Substitution56
28
BreškaMário Breška
Substitution87
23
MauriStefano Mauri
Yellow Card46
Substitution76
30
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Red/Yellow Card88
77
BelleriManuel Belleri

Substitutes

35
ColceagSorin Colceag (GK)
37
BonaiutiAdriano Bonaiuti (GK)
11
LagonikakisAndreas Lagonikakis
Substitution81
9
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Substitution61
20
MarcoraKarlos Marcora
Substitution84
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution56
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
Substitution87
18
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution76
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
19
FelipeFelipe
18
TsiolisEvagelos Tsiolis
21
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
24
ExouzidisSavas Exouzidis
22
AlbertoAlberto

Coach

Karol Pecze (SVK) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Fernando Carmona Mendez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP), Julian Gonzalez Rayo (ESP)

Fourth official

Rafael Ramirez Dominguez (ESP)

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