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Consistency key as Panathinaikos prosper

Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET
SK Sturm Graz 0-1 Panathinaikos FC
Kostas Katsouranis's eighth goal of the season earned the visitors a third straight 1-0 win in Group F to move within a point of progress.
Consistency key as Panathinaikos prosper
Kostas Katsouranis is engulfed after making it 1-0 ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SturmPanathinaikos

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target9
 
18
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
7
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed7
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET

Consistency key as Panathinaikos prosper

SK Sturm Graz 0-1 Panathinaikos FC
Kostas Katsouranis's eighth goal of the season earned the visitors a third straight 1-0 win in Group F to move within a point of progress.

Kostas Katsouranis maintained his unprecedented hot streak in front of goal as Panathinaikos FC moved within a point of the round of 32 at the expense of now eliminated SK Sturm Graz.

Repeat prescription
A Dimitris Salpingidis penalty on the hour mark had earned the Greek side victory in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago and it was more of the same in Austria, though Henk ten Cate's charges had to wait ten minutes longer before Katsouranis set them on course for a third successive 1-0 UEFA Europa League win with his eighth goal of the season. There was no way back for Sturm and the highest they can now finish is third in Group F; for Panathinaikos, a point from their final two games will suffice.

Early pressure
There were early chances for both sides with Panathinaikos almost taking the lead after eleven minutes when Giorgios Karagounis raced clear, only to be stopped by Christian Gratzei's last-gasp intervention. Dimitris Salpingidis failed to score from a similar situation shortly afterwards, while Sturm relied on creating opportunities from occasional counterattacks. The hosts' best chance arrived shortly after the half-hour mark, when Daniel Beichler played a fine ball to Jakob Jantscher, who was unable to steer his shot on target.

More chances
Sturm pushed forward after the restart and another chance fell to Jantscher in the 55th minute, though again his off-target effort failed to trouble Panathinaikos keeper Alexandros Tzvorvas, while substitute Klemen Lavrič had an even better opportunity just after coming on but was similarly let down by a lack of finishing. Almost inevitably, Sturm paid the price as Katsouranis received the ball in the penalty area and made no mistake from close range. The Austrian side put in a determined effort in the closing stages but could not prevent their early exit from the competition.

Last updated: 06/11/09 0.56CET

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Lineups

sturm

Sturm

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

1
GratzeiChristian Gratzei (GK)
30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
4
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
6
WeberManuel Weber
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution90+2
8
HölzlAndreas Hölzl (C)
Yellow Card88
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution66
10
MuratovićSamir Muratović
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
13
JantscherJakob Jantscher
19
GabrielGabriel
17
EhrenreichMartin Ehrenreich
Substitution80
23
SimãoSimão
18
KandelakiIlia Kandelaki
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
23
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution40
28
BeichlerDaniel Beichler
Substitution60
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Goal70
29
FodaSandro Foda
Substitution82
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

25
KropfhoferUwe Kropfhofer (GK)
1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
2
LamotteFabian Lamotte
5
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution90+2
5
FeldhoferFerdinand Feldhofer
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution40
9
BukvaHaris Bukva
Substitution80
8
KantéCédric Kanté
26
WeinbergerMarvin Weinberger
Substitution82
11
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution66
27
KlemChristian Klem
18
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
30
LavričKlemen Lavrič
Substitution60
28
PetropoulosAntonis Petropoulos

Coach

Franco Foda (GER) Henk ten Cate (NED)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomas Kocourek (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)

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