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Incisive AEK bow out with first win at Sturm

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 23.05CET
SK Sturm Graz 1-3 AEK Athens FC
Nikos Kostenoglou's side ended their UEFA Europa League campaign on a high, their first points taking them above Sturm to third in Group L.
Incisive AEK bow out with first win at Sturm
Kostas Manolas sent AEK on their way with the opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SturmAEK

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners7
 
9
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 23.05CET

Incisive AEK bow out with first win at Sturm

SK Sturm Graz 1-3 AEK Athens FC
Nikos Kostenoglou's side ended their UEFA Europa League campaign on a high, their first points taking them above Sturm to third in Group L.

An incisive AEK Athens FC side earned the first points of their UEFA Europa League with a 3-1 win against SK Sturm Graz in an entertaining match in Austria.

Nikos Kostenoglou's men took the lead through Kostas Manolas on ten minutes, and for long periods the swift, incisive AEK dominated. Nathan Burns added a second before half-time, and although Florian Kainz's finish before the hour gave the hosts a lifeline, it was snatched away by Viktor Klonaridis' excellent 77th-minute solo goal.

Both sides were already eliminated and that knowledge liberated AEK, who had a lively, purposeful start, with only the foot of the post preventing Dimitris Sialmas's header from giving them a first-minute lead after Grigoris Makos' back-post cross. It was Manolas who sent them on their way a few minutes later, lashing Thomas Burgstaller's poor clearance past the helpless Silvije Čavlina after the keeper had initially made a remarkable point-blank stop from Cala.

The relentless AEK doubled their advantage before the break, Burns confidently chesting the ball over the line at the back post after a neat dribble and clipped cross from Roger Guerreiro.

Sturm started the second period brighter. Roman Kienast headed narrowly wide from Kainz's corner before the hosts took the lead on 59 minutes when Kainz curled inside the left post from Joachim Standfest's cutback. But the Austrian outfit could not find a second, and AEK restored their two-goal cushion as Roger Guerreiro sent Klonaridis charging down the left flank, the winger outsprinting his markers to reach the area and fire the ball high past Čavlina.

There was time for Dimitris Konstantopoulos to make a stunning save, stretching to palm Haris Bukva's curler around the post as the hosts tried to battle back before the whistle, but AEK held on for a deserved win.

Last updated: 16/12/11 0.22CET

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Lineups

sturm

Sturm

aek

AEK

22
ČavlinaSilvije Čavlina (GK)
23
KonstantopoulosDimitris Konstantopoulos (GK)
2
PopkhadzeGiorgi Popkhadze
2
KontoesGiannis Kontoes
10
MuratovićSamir Muratović
Substitution73
4
ManolasKostas Manolas
Goal10
12
DudićMilan Dudić
Yellow Card68
6
CalaCala
Yellow Card68
13
BurgstallerThomas Burgstaller
7
GuerreiroRoger Guerreiro
14
F. KainzFlorian Kainz
Yellow Card22
Goal59
Substitution84
11
SialmasDimitris Sialmas
18
StandfestJoachim Standfest
14
MakosGrigoris Makos (C)
19
BodulDarko Bodul
24
BurnsNathan Burns
Goal43
Substitution63
20
KochMatthias Koch
47
BougaidisMavroudis Bougaidis
24
KienastRoman Kienast (C)
66
EnglezouNikos Englezou
Substitution54
33
WolfPatrick Wolf
Substitution61
77
KlonaridisViktor Klonaridis
Goal77
Substitution85

Substitutes

34
SchachnerAlexander Schachner (GK)
28
MoschonasThodoris Moschonas (GK)
4
PürcherDominic Pürcher
3
E. HelgasonElfar Freyr Helgason
7
HaasMario Haas
Substitution61
Yellow Card90+1
8
BeleckSteve Leo Beleck
Substitution63
9
BukvaHaris Bukva
Substitution73
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
Substitution54
17
EhrenreichMartin Ehrenreich
Substitution84
92
TsoukalasSokratis Tsoukalas
Substitution85
26
WeinbergerMarvin Weinberger
27
KlemChristian Klem

Coach

Franco Foda (GER) Nikos Kostenoglou (GRE)

Referee

Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Assistant referees

George Adrian Vidan (ROU), Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Fourth official

Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Cristian Balaj (ROU), Augustus Constantin (ROU)

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