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Hajduk and AEK look to keep the dream alive

Published: Saturday 6 November 2010, 10.14CET
Time is running out for Group G back markers HNK Hajduk Split and AEK Athens FC, with both sides in danger of UEFA Europa League elimination as they reconvene in Croatia.
Hajduk and AEK look to keep the dream alive
Senijad Ibričić celebrates a goal for Hajduk ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

Hajduk SplitAEK

Goals scored5
 
9
Attempts on target31
 
28
Attempts off target32
 
28
Corners30
 
31
Offsides5
 
17
Fouls committed93
 
67
Yellow cards14
 
11
Red cards0
1

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Published: Saturday 6 November 2010, 10.14CET

Hajduk and AEK look to keep the dream alive

Time is running out for Group G back markers HNK Hajduk Split and AEK Athens FC, with both sides in danger of UEFA Europa League elimination as they reconvene in Croatia.

Time is running out for Group G back markers HNK Hajduk Split and AEK Athens FC, with both sides in danger of UEFA Europa League elimination as they reconvene in Croatia.

• No scenario will see either side qualify on Matchday 5. Either team would be eliminated if they lose and RSC Anderlecht win at FC Zenit St Petersburg. A draw would keep both sides in the running for a last-32 place.

Previous meetings
• Goals from Rafik Djebbour, Nikos Liberopoulos and Nacho Scocco helped AEK win 3-1 when the sides met for the first time on Matchday 1, with Djebbour also missing a penalty for the home side.

• Hajduk's record in five games against Greek clubs reads W1 D2 L2 (W1 D1 L0 at home).

• AEK's five games against Croatian sides ended W4 D0 L1 (W1 D0 L1 in Croatia).

Match background
• A 3-2 defeat by Zenit on Matchday 4 ended Hajduk's three-game winning streak at home in Europe.

• AEK have not won in three European games since their Matchday 1 victory against Hajduk. They have won just once in their last nine European away games – 1-0 at Dundee United FC in this season's UEFA Europa League play-offs – and only one of their 21 UEFA club competition group stage away games has ended in victory; they beat FK Mladá Boleslav 1-0 in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage.

Team facts
• Hajduk dismissed coach Stanko Poklepović on 28 October. Youth coach Goran Vučević – formerly a midfielder with the club – has come in as a temporary replacement while the Split side seek a new boss, but insisted: "I will be going back to the youth teams."

• AEK coach Dušan Bajević resigned before Matchday 2 in the wake of a 3-1 loss at promoted Olympiacos Volou FC, bringing to an end his third spell as the club's boss.

• Former Sevilla FC coach Manolo Jiménez was named as his replacement on 8 October. Capped 15 times by Spain, he represented Sevilla as a left-back from 1984 to 1997, returning as youth coach after retiring and then taking charge of the first team from October 2007 until his dismissal in March this year.

Last updated: 05/04/11 18.17CET

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