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Clinical Standard leave Greens envious

Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 23.30CET
Panathinaikos FC 1-3 R. Standard de Liège
Goals from Axel Witsel, Milan Jovanović and, perhaps crucially, Igor De Camargo put the Belgian titleholders firmly in the box seat.
by Graham Wood
from OACA Spiros Louis Stadium
Clinical Standard leave Greens envious
Axel Witsel wheels away after putting Standard ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PanathinaikosStandard

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target14
 
5
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed9
 
16
Yellow cards5
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 23.30CET

Clinical Standard leave Greens envious

Panathinaikos FC 1-3 R. Standard de Liège
Goals from Axel Witsel, Milan Jovanović and, perhaps crucially, Igor De Camargo put the Belgian titleholders firmly in the box seat.

R. Standard de Liège recorded their first European away victory in seven attempts, stunning Panathinaikos FC in Athens to put themselves in the ascendancy in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

Axel Witsel headed home after just eight minutes and Milan Jovanović swiftly added another. Loukas Vintra pulled one back for the hosts with a diving header after half-time, but Igor De Camargo restored the two-goal cushion to put the visitors in the driving seat ahead of next Thursday's second leg at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

Panathinaikos began at a frantic pace, Djibril Cissé's free-kick testing the reflexes of Sinan Bolat in the second minute. The Greens looked full of confidence, like a side that had not conceded in their last three home games against Belgian sides – then Standard struck on their first attack. Jovanović sent Dieudonné Mbokani scampering down the left and his pinpoint cross was nodded in by Witsel.

It was 2-0 on 16 minutes as Steven Defour's superb through ball released Jovanović. The Serbia striker skipped past Panathinaikos goalkeeper Mario Galinović before rolling the ball into the bottom right corner. The hosts, disjointed and lacking creativity, looked a shadow of the team which defeated AS Roma twice in the last 32.

Nikos Nioplias brought on Giorgos Karagounis and Dimitris Salpingidis at half-time, and the latter had an instant impact, providing a free-kick for Vintra to head home at the far post. But any hopes of a comeback were extinguished 16 minutes from time when De Camargo, on the counterattack, slotted past Galinović after being played in by the irrepressible Jovanović.

Panathinaikos' miserable night was to get worse. Forced to play the final 13 minutes with ten players as Filippos Darlas limped off injured after the Greens had made their allotted substitutions, they were down to nine by the end as Simão received a second yellow card in added time.

Last updated: 13/03/10 0.06CET

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Lineups

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Panathinaikos

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Standard Liège

1
GalinovićMario Galinović (GK) (C)
38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
Yellow Card66
3
SarriegiJosu Sarriegi
Yellow Card61
3
Victor RamosVictor Ramos
5
RukavinaAnte Rukavina
Substitution71
8
DefourSteven Defour (C)
Substitution22
7
NinisSotiris Ninis
Substitution46
9
MbokaniDieumerci Mbokani
8
KantéCédric Kanté
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
Goal74
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
17
CamozzatoMarcos Camozzato
11
LetoSebastian Leto
Substitution46
19
SarrMohamed Sarr
Yellow Card47
15
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
23
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Goal16
Yellow Card61
Substitution79
21
DarlasFilippos Darlas
25
GershonRami Gershon
Yellow Card58
23
SimãoSimão
Yellow Card61
Red Card90+4
26
NicaiseBenjamin Nicaise
Substitution67
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
Yellow Card35
Goal48
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Goal8

Substitutes

27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
1
Van HoutKristof Van Hout (GK)
14
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
Substitution46
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
17
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution71
7
DalmatWilfried Dalmat
Substitution79
18
BjärsmyrMattias Bjärsmyr
11
DuferGrégory Dufer
22
MarinosStergos Marinos
20
TraoreMoussa Traore
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution46
Yellow Card61
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Substitution67
38
CleytonCleyton
33
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution22

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Domenico D'Onofrio (ITA)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Tom Murphy (SCO), Francis Andrews (SCO)

Fourth official

Mike Tumilty (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Steve Conroy (SCO)

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