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Cissé seals Greens' last-32 spot

Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 23.45CET
Panathinaikos FC 3-0 FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti
Djibril Cissé struck twice late on to confirm Nikolaos Nioplias's side's place in Friday's UEFA Europa League draw as Group F runners-up.
Cissé seals Greens' last-32 spot
Panathinaikos enjoyed a comfortable victory against Dinamo ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PanathinaikosDinamo Bucureşti

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
7
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
11
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 16 December 2009, 23.45CET

Cissé seals Greens' last-32 spot

Panathinaikos FC 3-0 FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti
Djibril Cissé struck twice late on to confirm Nikolaos Nioplias's side's place in Friday's UEFA Europa League draw as Group F runners-up.

Djibril Cissé scored two late goals as Panathinaikos FC beat FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti 3-0 to secure second in Group F, earning Nikolaos Nioplias a charmed introduction to the UEFA Europa League.

Dolha drop
The hosts forged ahead nine minutes after the interval with a goal heavier on significance than style. Loukas Vintra's up-and-under looked hopeful at best but goalkeeper Emilian Dolha contrived to drop it and the lurking Ante Rukavina could not miss. Needing two goals to progress at their opponents' expense Dinamo went on the attack, hitting the crossbar for a second time before Cissé struck twice himself in the last ten minutes to see Panathinaikos through.

Moţi v Cissé
The Greens needed only to avoid defeat to be certain of a place in Friday's round of 32 draw, but with recently-installed coach Nioplias's pre-match talk of victory ringing in their ears, they began with great intensity. Three times Cosmin Moţi denied Cissé with well-timed blocks and tackles, though even when the Frenchman did escape his attentive warden midway through the first period he contrived to lash wastefully into the side-netting.

Stark warning
Yet for all their dominance, the Greek side almost went in at half-time 1-0 down. A free-kick from distance looked innocuous enough, but nobody tracked Marius Niculae's overlapping run and the Dinamo captain's cross found Ousmane N'Doye at the back post, Alexandros Tzorvas tipping his header against the crossbar. It served a stark warning, and Panathinaikos were unsure until Rukavina finally broke the deadlock.

Dinamo fight
Dinamo went down fighting, completely changing tack as solid defence made way for attacking fluidity. Before the hour Tzorvas just did enough to divert Gabriel Tamaş's vicious half-volley against the bar, and Adrian Cristea also tested the keeper from distance. Cissé allayed home fears, however, heading in substitute Sebastian Leto's cross from the left and then, five minutes later, steering in a right-wing centre from another replacement, Dimitris Salpingidis.

Last updated: 17/12/09 8.31CET

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Lineups

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Panathinaikos

dinamo bucureşti

Dinamo Bucureşti

30
TzorvasAlexandros Tzorvas (GK)
12
DolhaEmilian Dolha (GK)
5
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Goal54
Substitution82
2
DiabatéZie Diabaté
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution69
4
MoţiCosmin Moţi
8
KantéCédric Kanté
5
KonéDjakaridja Koné
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal80
Goal85
9
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae (C)
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
14
MolineroFrancisco Molinero
18
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
17
Andrei CristeaAndrei Cristea
Yellow Card56
Substitution67
23
SimãoSimão
22
TorjeGabriel Torje
Substitution60
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
29
N'DoyeOusmane N'Doye
Yellow Card21
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis (C)
Substitution56
30
TamaşGabriel Tamaş
Yellow Card50
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
31
AlexeMarius Alexe
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK)
23
MatacheFlorin Matache (GK)
11
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution69
3
PulhacCristian Pulhac
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution82
7
ZicuIanis Zicu
Substitution60
17
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
18
GoianLucian Goian
19
GabrielGabriel
20
CristeaAdrian Cristea
Substitution46
21
DarlasFilippos Darlas
25
ScarlatacheAdrian Scarlatache
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
Substitution56
99
NiculescuClaudiu Niculescu
Substitution67

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Cornel Talnar (ROU)

Referee

Kevin Blom (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Langkamp (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Liesveld (NED), Raymond van Meenen (NED)

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