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AEK advance despite Villarreal defeat

Published: Friday 21 December 2007, 0.30CET
AEK Athens FC 1-2 Villarreal CF Rio Antonio Mavuba and Jon Dahl Tomasson sealed first place in Group C as AEK qualified thanks to results elsewhere.
AEK advance despite Villarreal defeat
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (left) fights for possession with Bruno ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AEKVillarreal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners7
 
5
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 21 December 2007, 0.30CET

AEK advance despite Villarreal defeat

AEK Athens FC 1-2 Villarreal CF Rio Antonio Mavuba and Jon Dahl Tomasson sealed first place in Group C as AEK qualified thanks to results elsewhere.

AEK Athens FC reached the Round of 32 despite ending their UEFA Cup Group C campaign with a home defeat by section winners Villarreal CF.

Villarreal triumphant
Goals from Rio Antonio Mavuba and Jon Dahl Tomasson confirmed the visitors' place at the top of Group C, while the hosts progressed in third place thanks to FK Mladá Boleslav's 2-1 loss at ACF Fiorentina. Rivaldo had equalised for AEK midway through the second period but events in Italy meant the Greek side qualified for Friday's draw regardless of their own result.

Lively opening
Rivaldo enjoyed the first chance of the match, the Brazilian's volley from the edge of the Villarreal area failing to trouble Diego López, and Giuseppe Rossi then came close for the visitors on 22 minutes, his effort tipped round the post by the diving Jürgen Macho. Javi Venta was next to try his luck from distance for the visitors, for whom Tomasson was unlucky to see his lob drop just over the bar moments later.

Woodwork rattled
Matías Fernández continued the Villarreal dominance with an effort on 38 minutes that brought another block from Macho, but the breakthrough finally arrived five minutes before the interval, Mavuba firing low beyond Macho from inside the area after collecting a Fernández pass. Lorenzo Serra Ferrer's AEK side looked a different proposition after the break, although the Spanish side came close to extending their lead when Fernández rattled the crossbar after Sokratis Papastathopoulos hauled down Tomasson just outside the penalty area.

Quick reply
The game then burst into life midway through the half as AEK restored parity. Fabio Fuentes felled Nikolaos Liberopoulos 20 metres from goal and Rivaldo showed his class with a trademark free-kick into the left corner of the net. However, the home fans' joy was short-lived as the Villarreal restored their lead within 60 seconds, Tomasson supplying a low left-footed finish beyond Macho after being played in by Guillermo Franco – but both sides were celebrating once new from Florence filtered through.

Last updated: 20/12/07 23.42CET

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Lineups

aek

AEK

villarreal

Villarreal

50
MachoJürgen Macho (GK)
13
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
Yellow Card90+4
2
SilvaEdson Ramos Silva
3
JosemiJosemi
Yellow Card90+1
4
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
20
Fabricio FuentesFabricio Fuentes
15
PapastathopoulosSokratis Papastathopoulos
Yellow Card85
12
CyganPascal Cygan
3
ArruabarrenaRodolfo Arruabarrena
17
Javi VentaJavi Venta (C)
Yellow Card68
88
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
8
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution46
8
NsaliwaTamandani Nsaliwa
Substitution46
24
MavubaRio Mavuba
Goal40
22
KonePanagiotis Kone
Substitution60
21
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
10
RivaldoRivaldo
Goal68
Substitution82
14
FernándezMatías Fernández
99
Júlio CésarJúlio César
22
RossiGiuseppe Rossi
Substitution69
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos (C)
11
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal69
Substitution89

Substitutes

32
MorettoMoretto (GK)
1
VieraSebastián Viera (GK)
14
AzcárateFrederico Azcárate
18
Ángel LópezÁngel López
Substitution89
7
PappasCharilaos Pappas
Substitution82
19
SennaMarcos Senna
25
PliatsikasVassilis Pliatsikas
15
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci
1
KafesPantelis Kafes
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+4
10
CaniCani
Substitution46
11
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution60
9
FrancoGuillermo Franco
Substitution69
5
DellasTraianos Dellas
7
PirèsRobert Pirès

Coach

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (ESP) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Gerald Lehner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Bernhard Zauner (AUT), Raimund Buch (AUT)

Fourth official

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

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