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Viola own goal keeps AEK afloat

Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.05CET
AEK Athens FC 1-1 ACF Fiorentina
The Serie A side scored at both ends as they were held to a Group C draw at Athens's OACA Spyro Louis.
Viola own goal keeps AEK afloat
Fiorentina's Federico Balzaretti (left) deflected in a shot by AEK's Júlio César (right) ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AEKFiorentina

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners6
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed15
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 30 November 2007, 0.05CET

Viola own goal keeps AEK afloat

AEK Athens FC 1-1 ACF Fiorentina
The Serie A side scored at both ends as they were held to a Group C draw at Athens's OACA Spyro Louis.

ACF Fiorentina scored at both ends as they were held by AEK Athens FC despite dominating for long spells at the OACA Spyro Louis Stadium.

Osvaldo opener
Fiorentina forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo opened the scoring on 29 minutes only for team-mate Federico Balzaretti to deflect Júlio César's strike into his own net five minutes later. The draw takes the Viola, who needed a win to seal their place in the last 32, top of Group C with five points from three games.

Viola century
The match was Fiorentina's 100th in UEFA club competition but it came during a sad week following the death of the wife of coach Cesare Prandelli after a long illness. AEK, who were chasing their first victory in the group stage, controlled the opening exchanges yet it was the Italian side who could have broken the deadlock when Christian Vieri headed wide from Martin Jørgensen's cross.

Balzaretti mishap
While Dániel Tőzsér's shot forced visiting goalkeeper Sébastien Frey into a fine save midway through the half, Fiorentina took the lead through Osvaldo's right-footed effort from the edge of the area. Manú missed a golden chance to level the scores when failing to beat Frey in a one-on-one yet the Greek team soon got off the mark as Balzaretti diverted César's attempt into his own goal.

Osvaldo opportunities
The Serie A outfit held sway after the restart and should have gone in front only for an unmarked Osvaldo to shoot weakly at goalkeeper Moretto. On the hour, the Argentinian striker wasted another opportunity when failing to control Vieri's clever pass inside the box. With AEK struggling for cohesion, Fiorentina went in search of victory and almost found it. However, Fabio Liverani's free-kick just cleared the crossbar in what was the last opening of the game.

Last updated: 30/11/07 10.59CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

fiorentina

Fiorentina

32
MorettoMoretto (GK)
1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
2
SilvaEdson Ramos Silva
Yellow Card12
2
KrøldrupPer Krøldrup
Yellow Card66
5
DellasTraianos Dellas (C)
17
BalzarettiFederico Balzaretti
Goal33
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
3
DainelliDario Dainelli (C)
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
23
PasqualManuel Pasqual
8
NsaliwaTamandani Nsaliwa
Substitution71
11
LiveraniFabio Liverani
Yellow Card71
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
18
MontolivoRiccardo Montolivo
22
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution54
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution81
20
ManúManú
20
JørgensenMartin Jørgensen
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
Substitution81
9
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Goal29
77
BlancoIsmael Blanco
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution86

Substitutes

50
MachoJürgen Macho (GK)
12
LupatelliCristiano Lupatelli (GK)
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution81
4
DonadelMarco Donadel
11
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution54
29
PazziniGiampaolo Pazzini
Substitution86
16
ZikosAkis Zikos
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution71
5
GamberiniAlessandro Gamberini
27
BourbosChristos Bourbos
13
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
14
AzcárateFrederico Azcárate
19
GobbiMassimo Gobbi
Substitution81

Coach

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP) Gabriele Pin (ITA)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), Tom Murphy (SCO)

Fourth official

Eddie Smith (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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