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Simão strike leaves Atlético at summit

Published: Thursday 20 December 2007, 23.30CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1 Panathinaikos FC
A last-gasp Simão free-kick meant the Spanish side pipped their visitors to claim first place in Group B.
Simão strike leaves Atlético at summit
Simão (centre) is congratulated by fellow goalscorer Luis García on his winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AtléticoPanathinaikos

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners6
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed18
 
21
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 20 December 2007, 23.30CET

Simão strike leaves Atlético at summit

Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1 Panathinaikos FC
A last-gasp Simão free-kick meant the Spanish side pipped their visitors to claim first place in Group B.

A last-gasp Simão free-kick gave Club Atlético de Madrid first place in UEFA Cup Group B at the expense of Panathinaikos FC although both teams were already through to the Round of 32.

Atlético comeback
Panathinaikos had not dropped a point before tonight and looked on course for a fourth win when Dimitrios Salpingidis put them ahead in the first half. But Luis García equalised with 16 minutes left and despite Raúl García's dismissal, Simão struck deep into added time for one of two teams surviving from the summer's UEFA Intertoto Cup in this competition. The victory means Atlético will be paired with a team finishing third in a UEFA Cup group in Friday's draw, while Panathinaikos must play a team who ended in that position in the UEFA Champions League.

Visitors ahead
Salpingidis had an early shot blocked by Christian Abbiati while Maxi Rodríguez and Diego Forlán were denied for the home side. Raúl García forced Arkadiusz Malarz to save his long-range shot and at the other end Mattos curled a free-kick over the bar. Luis García did similar for Atlético but the away side broke the deadlock when Marcelo Mattos found Salpingidis who shot in from just inside the box. Mattos also threatened not long before the break.

Turnaround
Panathinaikos midfielder Simão – not to be confused with his Portuguese namesake brought on at half-time by Atlético - came mightily close to doubling the lead while Loukas Vintra shot over. It was not to be as Forlán's pass was turned in by Luis García and, although Raúl García was then dismissed for foul and abusive language, Malarz was forced to save from Agüero before the forward was fouled outside the box by Nasief Morris and Simão stepped up to devastating effect.

Last updated: 21/12/07 10.10CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

13
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
18
MalarzArkadiusz Malarz (GK)
21
PereaLuis Perea
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
14
Zé CastroZé Castro
Yellow Card45
Substitution61
5
MorrisNasief Morris
12
EllerFabiano Eller
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
15
FyssasTakis Fyssas
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Goal74
Yellow Card83
23
SimãoSimão
Substitution85
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Red Card81
22
TziolisAlexandros Tziolis
Yellow Card22
6
Cléber SantanaCléber Santana
Substitution46
4
MattosMarcelo Mattos
11
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez (C)
Yellow Card73
9
RomeroSebastian Romero
Yellow Card56
Substitution68
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Goal34
Substitution79
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution90+6
11
PapadopoulosDimitris Papadopoulos (C)

Substitutes

1
FalcónIsmael Falcón (GK)
33
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
Substitution90+6
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
4
PerníaMariano Pernía
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
19
De las CuevasMiguel de las Cuevas
27
IvanschitzAndreas Ivanschitz
Substitution68
Yellow Card81
24
SimãoSimão
Substitution46
Goal90+6
29
NilssonMikael Nilsson
17
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution61
30
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Substitution85
20
MistaMista
26
MantziosVangelis Mantzios
Substitution79

Coach

Javier Aguirre (MEX) José Peseiro (POR)

Referee

Knut Kircher (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Michael Kempter (GER)

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