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Bilyaletdinov ekes out AEK victory

Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.55CET
AEK Athens FC 0-1 Everton
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's early strike gave David Moyes' side all three points as the visitors secured their place in the round of 32 draw.
by Graham Wood
from OACA Spiros Louis

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Match statistics

AEKEverton

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target15
 
6
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
2
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 2 December 2009, 22.55CET

Bilyaletdinov ekes out AEK victory

AEK Athens FC 0-1 Everton
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's early strike gave David Moyes' side all three points as the visitors secured their place in the round of 32 draw.

Everton sealed a place in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League after Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's early strike earned David Moyes' side all three points against AEK Athens FC at the OACA Spiros Louis Stadium.

Early goal
Bilyaletdinov raced on to Jô's brilliant through ball to slot past goalkeeper Sebastián Saja after just six minutes, and the Russian midfielder's goal proved the difference on a rain-soaked Athenian evening. The result, combined with Group I leaders SL Benfica's win at FC BATE Borisov, means the Toffees have qualified for the knockout stage; AEK are out.

Surprises
AEK boss Dušan Bajević, whose team lost 4-0 in the corresponding fixture, sprang a surprise by leaving four regular starters on the bench in Ismael Blanco, Nacho Scocco, Gustavo Manduca and defender Carlos Araujo. His plan backfired when Bilyaletdinov lashed home Everton's first shot on target after great hold-up play by Jô.

Injuries
Everton duo Dan Gosling and Sylvain Distin were both forced off with injuries in the first half, and Jô would also fail to last the distance. AEK desperately tried to regroup but the best they could manage was Panagiotis Tachtsidis's long-range effort which was comfortably saved by Tim Howard. Scocco replaced Leonardo at half-time as Bajević tried to freshen up his attack, but Everton remained in control.

Hibbert landmark
Everton defender Tony Hibbert, who was equalling Colin Harvey and Brian Labone's club record of 19 European appearances, was on hand to block Tachtsidis's shot on the turn from close range after 54 minutes, and the visitors almost conceded just after the hour when Youssouf Hersi's shot skimmed Howard's right post. AEK searched desperately for an equaliser but were denied with 14 minutes left when Jose Baxter cleared Manduca's shot off the line.

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Lineups

aek

AEK

everton

Everton

23
SajaSebastián Saja (GK)
24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
Yellow Card56
1
KafesPantelis Kafes (C)
2
HibbertTony Hibbert
Yellow Card18
3
HersiYoussouf Hersi
3
BainesLeighton Baines
4
Geraldo AlvesGeraldo Alves
Yellow Card75
7
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Goal6
Yellow Card67
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
11
Jô
Substitution73
7
JuanfranJuanfran
15
DistinSylvain Distin
Substitution18
9
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution46
17
CahillTim Cahill (C)
Yellow Card50
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
Substitution30
19
GoslingDan Gosling
Substitution10
21
PavlisMichalis Pavlis
Substitution62
20
PienaarSteven Pienaar
31
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
25
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
34
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
31
ColemanSeamus Coleman

Substitutes

22
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
1
NashCarlo Nash (GK)
2
AraujoCarlos Araujo
8
SahaLouis Saha
11
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution30
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution73
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
34
DuffyShane Duffy
Substitution18
18
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Substitution62
35
AgardKieran Agard
32
ScoccoNacho Scocco
Substitution46
37
BaxterJose Baxter
Substitution10
Yellow Card88
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou
43
MustafiShkodran Mustafi

Coach

Dušan Bajević (SRB) David Moyes (SCO)

Referee

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Beat Hidber (SUI)

Fourth official

Patrick Graf (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Carlo Bertolini (SUI), Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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