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AEK on the rise after defeating Hajduk

Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 20.45CET
HNK Hajduk Split 1-3 AEK Athens FC
Second-half goals from Nacho Scocco, Kostas Manolas and Ismael Blanco put the Greek side within a point of the knockout stages.
AEK on the rise after defeating Hajduk
Hajduk goalkeeper Božidar Radošević rues his luck after Nacho Scocco's opener for AEK ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
8
Corners8
 
3
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
13
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 1 December 2010, 20.45CET

AEK on the rise after defeating Hajduk

HNK Hajduk Split 1-3 AEK Athens FC
Second-half goals from Nacho Scocco, Kostas Manolas and Ismael Blanco put the Greek side within a point of the knockout stages.

AEK Athens FC rose to second in Group G after a 3-1 win at HNK Hajduk Split which eliminated the Croatian club with one match to play.

AEK triumphed thanks to second-half goals from Nacho Scocco, a penalty, Kostas Manolas and substitute Ismael Blanco, Jurica Buljat's strike in the last minute coming too late for Hajduk. The win lifts the Greek club on to seven points and needing just a draw at home to unbeaten section winners FC Zenit St Petersburg on 16 December to enter the following day's draw for the last 32.

Despite the sticky pitch, both teams were full of attacking intent early on. In the third minute, Ante Vukušić did superbly to intercept a pass and free Anas Sharbini, whose left-footed shot across goalkeeper Sebastián Saja ricocheted back into the area off the base of the post. Marin Tomasov fired the loose ball over.

Sharbini and Tomasov were each then denied opportunities by last-ditch challenges, while AEK captain Nikos Liberopoulos failed to convert two half-chances. Scocco perhaps should have scored in first-half added time after Nathan Burns had danced around Mario Maloča and teed him up six metres from goal, but made amends by drawing a foul from Maloča in the 50th minute and converting his spot kick with ease.

Manolas doubled the advantage when rising to head a Liberopoulos corner high into the Hajduk net 11 minutes later. The skipper made way for Blanco in the 80th minute, and four minutes later the Argentinian – fresh from a weekend winner against city rivals Olympiacos FC − caught Božidar Radošević unawares and swept the ball in first time from the edge of the area. Buljat's late reply would have done little to dampen the visitors' enthusiasm.

Last updated: 09/12/12 10.53CET

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Lineups

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Hajduk Split

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AEK

25
RadoševićBožidar Radošević (GK)
23
SajaSebastián Saja (GK)
4
M. LjubičićMarin Ljubičić
Yellow Card36
Substitution53
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Goal61
5
BuljatJurica Buljat
Yellow Card30
Goal90
8
JahićSanel Jahić
10
IbričićSenijad Ibričić (C)
Yellow Card88
14
MakosGrigoris Makos
13
VukušićAnte Vukušić
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
14
Tomasov Marin Tomasov
Substitution53
21
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
16
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
Yellow Card53
24
BurnsNathan Burns
Substitution70
17
StrinićIvan Strinić
32
ScoccoNacho Scocco
Goal50
Substitution77
18
OremušMirko Oremuš
33
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos (C)
Substitution80
22
MaločaMario Maloča
Yellow Card11
55
DellasTraianos Dellas
99
SharbiniAnas Sharbini
90
GentzoglouSavvas Gentzoglou
Yellow Card31

Substitutes

12
L. KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
22
ArabatzisGiannis Arabatzis (GK)
7
VejićHrvoje Vejić
3
NasutiCristian Nasuti
9
Ahmad SharbiniAhmad Sharbini
9
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution77
11
AndrićSrdjan Andrić
Substitution53
13
DadomoClaudio Dadomo
21
BrkljačaMario Brkljača
17
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
30
TrebotićDinko Trebotić
18
BlancoIsmael Blanco
Substitution80
Goal84
90
ČopDuje Čop
Substitution53
19
LagosPanagiotis Lagos
Substitution70

Coach

Goran Vučević (CRO) Manuel Jiménez (ESP)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Richardson (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

Lee Probert (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Lee Mason (ENG), Kevin Friend (ENG)

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