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German minnows make the cut

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.30CET
AEK Athens FC 0-2 TSV Alemannia Aachen Eric Meijer and Daniel Gomez score to keep Aachen's adventure alive.

Match statistics

AEKAachen

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2004, 23.30CET

German minnows make the cut

AEK Athens FC 0-2 TSV Alemannia Aachen Eric Meijer and Daniel Gomez score to keep Aachen's adventure alive.

Second-half goals from captain Erik Meijer and substitute Daniel Gomez saw 2. Bundesliga side TSV Alemannia Aachen reach the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with a superb Group H victory over AEK Athens FC.

Victory needed
The German side went into the match knowing only a victory would be good enough to see them progress to the next stage, with any other result meaning Russian side FC Zenit St. Peterburg would join LOSC Lille Métropole and Sevilla FC in qualifying.

Quiet start
The match began quietly with both sides failing to stamp their authority on proceedings. AEK, who were bidding to avoid losing all four of their group matches, had the first real effort on goal, with Leonidas Kampantais forcing Stephan Straub to make a fine fingertip save in the 16th minute.

Blank miss
Aachen responded well to that scare with midfield player Kai Michalke at the heart of most of their attacking play. In the 26th minute his floated free-kick found the head of left-back Stefan Blank, whose glancing effort flew inches wide. Then, just two minutes later, a scramble in the AEK area resulted in Michalke firing a shot towards goal that was cleared off the line.

Double substitution
In front of a sparse home crowd, AEK coach Fernando Santos freshened up his attack at half-time with a double substitution, and his decision almost paid off in the 48th minute. AEK's best move of the match saw a long ball from Christos Bourmpos find the head of Brazilian substitute Alessandro Soares. His knockdown for Konstantinos Katsouranis was perfect, but the midfield player put his shot just wide under pressure from a visiting defender.

Aachen goal
With AEK pressing for the lead, Aachen went ahead against the run of play in the 56th minute. A superb through ball from Jens Scharping found Reiner Plasshenrich in an onside position in the area. His shot from an acute angle hit the post, but Meijer was on hand to follow up with the easiest of finishes from a metre out.

Bourmpos delivers
AEK could have levelled matters ten minutes later, when a run on the right wing from Bourmpos saw him deliver a ball to the edge of the area to where Nikos Lyberopoulos was running in at speed. His well-struck shot flew just wide of the Aachen goal.

Doubling up
But AEK were leaving gaps at the back, and Aachen sealed their passage with six minutes remaining when a break down the left from Blank saw him deliver a perfect cross into the area, for Frenchman Gomez to fire in. There was still time for Meijer to waste the easiest chance of the game to make it 3-0, mis-kicking from close range after more good work on the left from Michalke.

Lille take top spot
With Lille beating Sevilla 1-0 in the other match to top the group, the German side qualify in third. AEK will be disappointed as they finished bottom after losing all four of their matches.

Last updated: 16/12/04 17.36CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

aachen

Aachen

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
StraubStephan Straub (GK)
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
3
KlitzperaAlexander Klitzpera
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
6
LandgrafWilfried Landgraf
Substitution86
18
MorasVangelis Moras
7
PlasshenrichReiner Plasshenrich
24
KontisChristos Kontis
8
RolfesSimon Rolfes
39
ToskasGrigorios Toskas
Yellow Card28
11
MeijerErik Meijer (C)
Goal57
30
KrassasAsimakis Krassas
12
SichoneMoses Sichone
Yellow Card47
28
BourbosChristos Bourbos
Substitution68
20
ScharpingJens Scharping
Substitution76
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
21
FielCristian Fiel
Yellow Card18
Substitution66
77
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
Substitution46
22
MichalkeKai Michalke
11
KampantaisLeonidas Kampantais
Substitution46
33
BlankStefan Blank
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

1
MihailidisChrisostomos Mihailidis (GK)
24
NichtKristian Nicht (GK)
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
2
PaulusFranck Paulus
Substitution86
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution46
9
GomezDaniel Gomez
Substitution76
Goal84
7
SoaresAlessandro Soares
Substitution46
13
BrunsFlorian Bruns
10
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
16
IwelumoChris Iwelumo
8
RusevIvan Rusev
Substitution68
17
StehleThomas Stehle
Substitution66
9
M. PetkovMilen Petkov
27
NollEmil Noll

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Dieter Hecking (GER)

Referee

Sergey Shebek (UKR)

Assistant referees

Taras Klym (UKR), Aleksandr Zhurba (UKR)

Fourth official

Sergiy Berezka (UKR)

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