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AEK hold on to frustrate Elfsborg

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.46CET
IF Elfsborg 1-1 AEK Athens FC AEK survived the loss of an early goal and a barrage of close shaves before leaving Sweden with a Group C point.
AEK hold on to frustrate Elfsborg
The goals were shared in Sweden ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ElfsborgAEK

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.46CET

AEK hold on to frustrate Elfsborg

IF Elfsborg 1-1 AEK Athens FC AEK survived the loss of an early goal and a barrage of close shaves before leaving Sweden with a Group C point.

AEK Athens FC conceded an early goal and survived a barrage of close shaves before escaping their UEFA Cup Group C opener against IF Elfsborg with a point.

Woodwork crucial
The Swedish champions were seemingly strolling to victory at the Borås Arena when Daniel Mobäck headed them ahead after 15 minutes. But, having watched on helplessly as Elfsborg dominated the first half, AEK bounced back with a vengeance and four minutes after the restart substitute Charilaos Pappas drilled an equaliser into the top corner. If AEK thought they were home and dry, however, they were wrong. First Mobäck and then Daniel Alexandersson rattled their woodwork as Elfsborg chased the win, but ultimately had to settle for a point.

Dismal run
AEK had lost their last six European away games coming into this fixture and the early signs offered little optimism to their travelling fans. In fact, Stefan Ishizaki and Mathias Svensson had both had goalkeeper Moretto scrambling before Mobäck headed the opener after quarter of an hour. Alexandersson was the architect, finding space on the right wing before whipping in the cross, and Mobäck was clinical in his execution.

Frustrated
It seemed to instigate something of an AEK revival as both Júlio César and Manú went close, although Moretto was soon denying Ishizaki again on the half-hour. The second half, initially, was a different story. Ismael Blanco set the tone, jinking past a couple of tackles before unleashing from distance and Pappas had also caused confusion in the home defence before rifling the equaliser into the top corner. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Johan Karlsson then traded chances before Mobäck and Alexandersson hit the post and bar respectively - leaving Elfsborg with the greater reason to feel frustrated at the final whistle.

Last updated: 25/10/07 22.47CET

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

aek

AEK

30
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
32
MorettoMoretto (GK)
5
AnderssonMartin Andersson (C)
27
BourbosChristos Bourbos
22
AugustssonAndreas Augustsson
4
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
19
BjörckFredrik Björck
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
4
KarlssonJohan Karlsson
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena (C)
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
Goal15
20
ManúManú
Substitution46
7
IlolaJari Ilola
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
11
ManducaGustavo Manduca
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
Substitution87
8
NsaliwaTamandani Nsaliwa
Substitution63
9
Mathias SvenssonMathias Svensson
Yellow Card60
Substitution78
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Substitution76
6
AlexanderssonDaniel Alexandersson
77
BlancoIsmael Blanco

Substitutes

1
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
50
MachoJürgen Macho (GK)
2
FlorénMathias Florén
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution63
18
Falk-olanderMarcus Falk-olander
2
SilvaEdson Ramos Silva
14
AvdicDenni Avdic
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
17
KeeneJames Keene
Substitution78
Yellow Card90+2
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution46
Goal49
20
BajramiEmir Bajrami
14
AzcárateFrederico Azcárate
33
BerglundFredrik Berglund
Substitution87
22
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution76

Coach

Magnus Haglund (SWE) Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP)

Referee

Peter Sippel (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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