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Galatasaray stroll to victory in Athens

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET
Panathinaikos FC 1-3 Galatasaray AŞ
Brazilian forward Elano scored two goals and set up another for Milan Baroš as Frank Rijkaard's men made a fine start in Group F.
by Graham Wood
from OACA Spiros Louis

Match statistics

PanathinaikosGalatasaray

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target13
 
6
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides9
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET

Galatasaray stroll to victory in Athens

Panathinaikos FC 1-3 Galatasaray AŞ
Brazilian forward Elano scored two goals and set up another for Milan Baroš as Frank Rijkaard's men made a fine start in Group F.

Galatasaray AŞ began their UEFA Europa League campaign in impressive fashion with a superb 3-1 victory away to Panathinaikos FC in Group F.

Clinical finishing
Brazilian forward Elano scored two goals and set up another for Milan Baroš as Frank Rijkaard's side gave their hosts a masterclass in clinical finishing. The Greens struggled to make an impression until Dimitris Salpingidis struck in the 78th minute, scant consolation for Henk ten Cate's men.

Early strike
Galatasaray gave an indication of what was to come in the fifth minute, Baroš showing great skill to turn Josu Sarriegi and send over a low cross. There looked little danger when Panathinaikos debutant Marinos, on his birthday, slid in to intercept but the ball fell to Elano who tapped in from close range.

No spark
The pace and movement of Elano and Baroš caused constant problems for the home rearguard, typified by the second goal three minutes after the break when the Czech international collected a precise pass from his team-mate, rounded Mario Galinović and rolled the ball into the empty net. Two became three on 58, Elano's low free-kick from range deflecting off Sarriegi and into Galinović's bottom-right corner.

Consolation
The hosts mounted a late assault on the visiting defence with substitute Sotiris Ninis a key figure, the Greek international winger testing the reflexes of Leo Franco in the visiting goal on several occasions. The goalkeeper was finally beaten with 12 minutes to play when Salpingidis raced on to Giorgos Karagounis's pass and slotted the ball in.

Next games
Panathinaikos will need to improve when they travel to Romania to tackle FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti – 1-0 winners away to SK Sturm Graz – in two weeks' time, when Galatasaray AŞ take on the Austrian team in Istanbul.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.20CET

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Lineups

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Panathinaikos

galatasaray

Galatasaray

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
25
Leo FrancoLeo Franco (GK)
Yellow Card44
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
Yellow Card19
Goal58
2
Emre GüngörEmre Güngör
Substitution24
11
LetoSebastian Leto
9
ElanoElano
Goal5
Substitution62
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Goal78
11
KeïtaKader Keïta
Substitution72
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
14
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
17
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution50
15
BarošMilan Baroš
Goal48
18
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
16
Mustafa SarpMustafa Sarp
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
19
KewellHarry Kewell
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
21
Emre AşıkEmre Aşık (C)
Yellow Card70
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution50
22
Hakan BaltaHakan Balta
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Yellow Card56
55
Sabri SarıoğluSabri Sarıoğlu

Substitutes

30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
1
Aykut ErçetinAykut Erçetin (GK)
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution50
3
Uğur UçarUğur Uçar
Substitution24
Yellow Card76
8
KantéCédric Kanté
8
Barış ÖzbekBarış Özbek
Substitution72
19
GabrielGabriel
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution62
23
SimãoSimão
20
NondaShabani Nonda
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
60
Alparslan ErdemAlparslan Erdem
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos
Substitution50
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin

Coach

Henk ten Cate (NED) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Andrea De Marco (ITA), Emidio Morganti (ITA)

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