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Maribor secure memorable win against Panathinaikos

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.20CET
NK Maribor 3-0 Panathinaikos FC
The Slovenian side earned their first ever UEFA Europa League group stage win thanks to an impressive display against the visitors.
Maribor secure memorable win against Panathinaikos
Maribor striker Tavares (right) vies for possession against Panathinaikos ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

MariborPanathinaikos

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners8
 
3
Offsides3
 
6
Fouls committed14
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
1

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Last updated: 24/10/2012 01:55 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 23.20CET

Maribor secure memorable win against Panathinaikos

NK Maribor 3-0 Panathinaikos FC
The Slovenian side earned their first ever UEFA Europa League group stage win thanks to an impressive display against the visitors.

NK Maribor claimed their first group stage win in the UEFA Europa League, overcoming Panathinaikos FC thanks to an eye-catching performance at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

Robert Berić's 25th-minute strike put Maribor in the driving seat before an impressive second-half display put paid to the visitors' hopes of a comeback. Further goals from Agim Ibraimi and captain Tavares ensured Maribor made the perfect start to their Group J campaign.

The Slovenian side began positively in front of their home crowd, Ibraimi bringing a smart early save from Orestis Karnezis and Tavares dragging wide from the edge of the area.

The hosts would not have to wait long to open the scoring. Tavares was granted space in front of the Panathinaikos defence and slipped an astute pass to the lurking Berić, who slammed a shot past Karnezis.

With midfielders Vitolo and Kostas Katsouranis occupied with the Maribor threat, Jesualdo Ferreira's side were largely restricted to raids down the right from full-back Loukas Vyntra. As a result, they struggled to provide support to forward Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

Panathinaikos did rally briefly after the interval but were left with a mountain to climb when Maribor doubled their lead just after the hour mark. Tavares was heavily involved once more, his attempted cross falling to Ibraimi, whose quickly-taken shot flashed past Karnezis.

With full time approaching, Tavares got the goal his performance so richly deserved, converting from the penalty spot after being brought down by Ibrahim Sissoko. A second yellow card for Nikos Spyropoulos in added time compounded Panathinaikos's misery.

Last updated: 09/12/12 6.42CET

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Lineups

maribor

Maribor

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

33
J. HandanovićJasmin Handanović (GK)
27
KarnezisOrestis Karnezis (GK)
6
MilecMartin Milec
3
SissokoIbrahim Sissoko
7
MejačAleš Mejač
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Substitution85
6
VitoloVitolo
Yellow Card75
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Goal88
Substitution90+1
10
ChristodoulopoulosLazaros Christodoulopoulos
Substitution55
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Goal62
Yellow Card63
17
ZecaZeca
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
24
VyntraLoukas Vyntra
22
PotokarNejc Potokar
Substitution81
29
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis (C)
26
RajčevićAleksander Rajčević
31
SpyropoulosNikos Spyropoulos
Yellow Card84
Red Card90+3
32
BeričRobert Berič
Goal25
Yellow Card90
44
VelázquezJosé Manuel Velázquez
Yellow Card87
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj
61
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
25
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
4
VidovičJovan Vidovič
Substitution81
5
André PintoAndré Pinto
5
Ž. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
Substitution90+1
7
MavriasCharis Mavrias
Substitution74
21
KomazecNikola Komazec
9
TochéToché
24
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
14
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
Substitution55
27
PlojAlen Ploj
16
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
29
T. DodlekTimotej Dodlek
Substitution85
22
MarinosStergos Marinos

Coach

Darko Milanič (SVN) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Allen Lynch (IRL)

Fourth official

Marc Douglas (IRL)

Additional assistant referees

Neil Doyle (IRL), Padraig Sutton (IRL)

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