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Atlético start defence with Aris defeat

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.45CET
Aris Thessaloniki FC 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid
The holders started the defence of their crown in stuttering fashion, Aris's Spanish forward Javito scoring the only goal in Greece.
Atlético start defence with Aris defeat
Javito scored the only goal of the game ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ArisAtlético

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners6
 
5
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.45CET

Atlético start defence with Aris defeat

Aris Thessaloniki FC 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid
The holders started the defence of their crown in stuttering fashion, Aris's Spanish forward Javito scoring the only goal in Greece.

Club Atlético de Madrid made a stuttering start to their UEFA Europa League defence with a 1-0 loss to Aris Thessaloniki FC.

The Greek side may have won, but it was a Spanish player who made the difference at the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium, Javito's superb strike just before the hour earning Aris the points. It maintains Aris's proud record of never having lost at home in Europe – a run now up to 22 games – and gives them an early advantage in Group B.

In a tetchy first half punctuated by bookings, neither team looked like breaking the deadlock with the hosts coming closest from the odd set piece. Diego Forlán scored Atlético's winning goal in the final, but he was rarely involved, firing wide from long range in the 23rd minute.

Following the lethargy of the opening period, the tempo could only increase and Aris's Ricardo Faty was the first to up the ante, letting fly to get David de Gea scrambling across his goal. Atlético were looking a distinctly more potent proposition too, but in the 59th minute they were behind. Javito gambled on Carlos Ruiz's flick and, running on to the ball at an angle, the 26-year-old took it on his chest before hitting a searing left-footed shot across De Gea and into the corner.

Ten minutes later it could have been two as home captain Sergio Koke hit the post following a mistake from De Gea and Ruiz's follow-up was blocked. Atlético only began to apply serious pressure late on and substitute Diego passed up their best two chances to grab a point – a stooping header beaten away by goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis before he nodded over 60 seconds later.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.14CET

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Lineups

aris

Aris

atlético

Atlético

13
SifakisMichalis Sifakis (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
5
Ronaldo GuiaroRonaldo Guiaro
2
ValeraJuan Valera
10
KokeSergio Koke (C)
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López (C)
Yellow Card47
11
RuizCarlos Ruiz
Yellow Card73
Substitution90+2
5
TiagoTiago
14
FatyRicardo Faty
6
CamachoIgnacio Camacho
Substitution77
16
MichelMichel
7
ForlánDiego Forlán
19
MendrinosKostas Mendrinos
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Yellow Card43
Substitution46
20
JavitoJavito
Goal59
11
MéridaFran Mérida
Yellow Card39
Substitution60
24
LazaridisNikos Lazaridis
15
GodínDiego Godín
32
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
Yellow Card90+2
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
55
PrittasSakis Prittas
Yellow Card45
20
SimãoSimão
Yellow Card76

Substitutes

25
JuanmaJuanma (GK)
27
JoelJoel (GK)
3
OriolOriol
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Substitution77
4
KouloucherisThymios Kouloucheris
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
17
KaznaferisKostas Kaznaferis
Substitution90+2
14
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
33
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
19
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution60
21
PereaLuis Perea
22
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Substitution46

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) Quique Sánchez Flores (ESP)

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