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PSG take charge in Athens

Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 0.30CET
AEK Athens FC 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC Goals from defenders Sammy Traoré and Bernard Mendy put PSG in the driving seat in the Greek capital.

Match statistics

AEKParis

Goals scored0
2
Total attempts9
 
8
on target5
 
4
off target2
 
3
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
14

Standings

Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 0.30CET

PSG take charge in Athens

AEK Athens FC 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC Goals from defenders Sammy Traoré and Bernard Mendy put PSG in the driving seat in the Greek capital.

Goals by defenders Sammy Traoré and Bernard Mendy put Paris Saint-Germain FC in the driving seat after the first leg of their UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie against AEK Athens FC in the Greek capital.

Defensive double
Traoré gave the French side, who languish in 16th place in Ligue 1, the lead on the stroke of half-time before Mendy added a stunning second in the closing moments of a match that was Paul Le Guen's first European game since taking over as PSG coach.

Entertaining half
Both teams hit the woodwork in an entertaining first half - Cristian Rodriguez for PSG with a header from a David Hellebuyck corner and Júlio César for AEK with a curling effort – but it was the hosts who had the better of the opening 45 minutes, Pantelis Kapetanos also going close with a volley. It would be the visitors who went into the break ahead, however, after Traoré rose highest to nod in Hellebuyck's corner.

Kalou chance
Chances were more limited in the second period but buoyed by Traoré's breakthrough, PSG had the better of the early exchanges as Bonaventure Kalou fired straight at a covering defender with the goal gaping following fine play from Amara Diané. AEK still posed a threat themselves, with Kapetanos bringing down a long ball but shooting straight at PSG keeper Mickaël Landreau's legs, yet it was the Parisians who always looked the likelier scorers. Kalou nearly did so when heading narrowly wide from Mamadou Sakho's cross, before Mendy struck at the death with an unstoppable drive into the far corner.

Last updated: 20/02/07 18.37CET

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