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Vintra vital in Athens

Published: Wednesday 16 February 2005, 23.59CET
Panathinaikos FC 1-0 Sevilla FC A solitary Loukas Vintra goal earns the Greek side a slender lead.

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 16 February 2005, 23.59CET

Vintra vital in Athens

Panathinaikos FC 1-0 Sevilla FC A solitary Loukas Vintra goal earns the Greek side a slender lead.

By Vassiliki Papantonopoulou

Panathinaikos FC continued their superb home record against Spanish sides with a hard-earned victory against Sevilla FC, thanks to a solitary goal from defender Loukas Vintra.

Fylakouris decision
With new coach Alberto Malesani watching from the stands, Panathinaikos's caretaker manager Panagiotis Fylakouris opted for a 3-5-2 formation, in order to keep a close eye on the Sevilla attacking duo of Julio Baptista and Ariza Makukula. The visitors went with their usual 4-4-2 formation with the purpose of keeping a clean sheet.

Early control
Panathinaikos took control of proceedings from the start and went close as early as the fourth minute, when Theofanis Gekas's shot from the right was well saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Esteban Suárez. Sevilla had their first sight of goal three minutes later, however Jordi López's fine header went just wide of Mario Galinovic's right-hand post.

Gekas chance
That was to be Sevilla's only worthwhile opportunity of the first half. By contrast, Panathinaikos were constantly pressing and, in the eleventh minute, Gekas missed a glorious one-on-one as his shot was blocked by Esteban.

Panathinaikos dominant
The Greek team continued to dominate, their attacks coming mainly down the left-hand side through Markus Münch and Rudolf Skácel. That kept the usually pacy Daniel Alves subdued and prevented Sevilla from charging forward down the right.

Triple miss
In the 35th minute, Panathinaikos squandered a triple chance to take the lead. Gekas's initial shot was well saved by Esteban and the rebound from Michalis Konstantinou was charged down by the visiting defence. The ball then broke to Ezequiel González, but his header was cleared off the line to safety.

Sevilla substitutions
Sevilla began the second half with more speed and purpose, introducing Fernando Sales for López and Antoñito for Makukula, while new signing Adriano Correia started getting forward down the left flank, creating chances for both Baptista and himself.

Goumas injury
In the 56th minute, Panathinaikos had to substitute inspirational captain Ioannis Goumas because of a groin injury, causing them to concede more ground and possession to Sevilla. Yet it was the hosts who broke the deadlock against the run of play. The goal came in the 76th minute when Vintra's long-range drive found the net.

Open game
From that moment, the game opened up with both sides looking dangerous in attack. Sevilla nearly equalised in the 81st minute when Aitor Ocio went close with a back-heel, then two minutes later Konstantinou's header from close range was instinctively saved by Esteban.

Sales close
Panathinaikos survived a late scare when Fernando Sales's powerful long-range effort flew just wide in added time, but they held on to maintain their unbeaten record of three wins and four draws in seven home matches against Spanish opposition.

Last updated: 17/02/05 12.08CET

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Lineups

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

sevilla

Sevilla

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
1
EstebanSuárez Esteban (GK)
3
KotsiosElias Kotsios
3
DavidCastedo David
5
MorrisNasief Morris
6
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
6
MünchMarkus Münch
9
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Substitution62
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas (C)
Substitution55
10
Júlio BaptistaJúlio Baptista
9
GonzálezEzequiel González
Yellow Card41
11
RenatoRenato
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution87
16
AdrianoAdriano
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Goal75
20
Aitor OcioAitor Ocio
26
SkácelRudolf Skácel
Substitution52
23
JordiLópez Jordi
Yellow Card20
Substitution46
44
GekasFanis Gekas
24
Pablo AlfaroPablo Alfaro (C)

Substitutes

33
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
13
NotarioAntonio Notario (GK)
4
MaricSilvio Maric
Substitution87
8
Fernando SalesFernando Sales
Substitution46
15
AndrićSrdjan Andrić
Substitution55
14
AntoñitoAntoñito
Substitution62
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
15
RedondoJuan Redondo
27
KonstantinidisPantelis Konstantinidis
Substitution52
19
ArandaCarlos Aranda
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
22
CasqueroJavier Casquero
40
WooterNordin Wooter
35
David PrietoDavid Prieto

Coach

Panagiotis Filakouris (GRE) Joaquín Caparrós (ESP)

Referee

Claude Colombo (FRA)

Assistant referees

Jean-Philippe Izzo (FRA), Alain Taxil (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

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