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Jemaa double sends Lens on way

Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 23.30CET
RC Lens 3-1 Panathinaikos FC Two goals from Issam Jemaa helped give the French club a clear edge with a first-leg win in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Match statistics

LensPanathinaikos

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target1
 
2
Corners7
 
1
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 23.30CET

Jemaa double sends Lens on way

RC Lens 3-1 Panathinaikos FC Two goals from Issam Jemaa helped give the French club a clear edge with a first-leg win in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Two goals from Issam Jemaa helped give in-form RC Lens a clear edge with a first-leg victory in this UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie, though Panathinaikos FC will take heart from their away goal in France.

Jemaa opener
The game effectively came to life in the second half with Jemaa's superbly taken first-time effort shortly after the interval. Dimitrios Salpingidis brought Panathinaikos level but Jemaa wasted little time in restoring the hosts' lead and Aruna Dindane made it 3-1 for Lens from the penalty spot in the last minute.

Wasted chances
Both sides spurned chances to go in front in a scrappy first half and when battle recommenced after the break, it did not take long for Lens to edge ahead. Daniel Cousin's flick set up Jemaa, whose left-footed shot found the net from outside the area in the 49th minute. Mario Galinović's smart save prevented Cousin from making it 2-0 and the busy goalkeeper next thwarted Dindane.

Salpigidis equaliser
His heroics were rewarded at the other end in the 65th minute when Salpingidis took possession and equalised for the visitors from Greece with another effort from outside the box. Parity lasted only five minutes as Dindane teed up Jemaa to strike from close range and the Ivory Coast international got on the scoresheet himself with a late penalty after Yohan Demont was upended in the area.

Last updated: 16/02/07 12.15CET

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