Wednesday October 20, 2010 Group Stage: Group D Finished Olimpiako Stadio

Panathinaikos 0 - 0 Rubin Kazan

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  1. Panathinaikos labour to draw

    Panathinaikos labour to draw

    Panathinaikos remain bottom of Champions League Group D following a drab 0-0 draw against Rubin Kazan in Athens. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Panathinaikos
    • Rubin Kazan
    • 90+4 And that's it from Greece - an incredible finish.
    • 90+2' Garcia fires a cross into the near post but there's nothing doing there.
    • 90' And the corner flashes just past the post with no one able to connect with it. Incredible late flurry of chances from the home side.
    • 89' Plessis flashes an effort wide of the post via a deflection.
    • 87' Another free-kick for the visitors is aimlessly pumped forward.
    • 85' Rubin do well to contain a later flurry from the home side.
    • 82' Rubin look to have settled for a point following that scare and look happy to see out the draw.
    • 80' Panathinaikos piling on some late pressure from set piece situations - the Rubin defence remains firm.
    • 77' Given their superior possession, Rubin Kazan probably deserve the lead but lacking a genuine goal threat their Champions League campaign was almost dealt a fatal blow when Cisse rose highest to head past Ryzhikov only for his celebrations to be cut short by the assistant referee's flag.
    • 76' Rubin again finishing in the ascendancy but they lack a goal threat.
    • 76' Cisse breaks down the right but his toils are to little avail with no support from his colleagues his cross harmlessly flashes past the goal of Ryzhikov.
    • 74' The resulting free-kick is easily plucked out of the air by Tzorvas.
    • 72' Rubin get a free-kick in a dangerous area down the left, close to the touch line.
    • 71' Just twenty minutes left for either side to kick start their Champions League campaign.
    • 70' Both sides continue to go long in search of that elusive opener.
    • 68' You get the impression this one will be settled by a moment of genius or a horrendous error - this has been a dour game and on this showing neither side deserves to progress to the knock out stages.
    • 66' CHANCE!! Boumsong is again there to deny the visitors but his attempt at a clearance finds it way to Kasaev whose solid strike from a tight angle is just tipped around the post.
    • 64' Thus far, the second half has been lost to midfield war of attrition.
    • 62' Double sub for the home side - Plessis and Christodoulopoulos on!
    • 61' Boumsong, who has been solid throughout, makes another timely interception down the home side's right. Throw.
    • 60' Marinos looks for Cisse but the cross is too close to the keeper.
    • 58' Cisse continues to toil but to little avail with very little support offered from his team mates.
    • 56' Rubin win the ball deep in Pana territory and Karnilenko elects to shoot from distance when he may have been better served finding a colleague.
    • 54' Pana look to Garcia for that creative spark but it is sorely lacking.
    • 53' Karadeniz has an effort charged down on the edge of the box.
    • 52' Rubin drop deep now and invite their hosts onto them.
    • 50' This game has scoreless draw written all over it.
    • 48' The hosts start the second period with a little more purpose than they finished the last.
    • 46' We're back underway in Greece.
    • 45+2 And that's from the first half.
    • 45' Rubin make one last stride forward but Boumsong sweeps clear.
    • 44' But Cisse almost makes the first half performance irrelevant with a powerful header that just flashes the wrong side of the post.
    • 43' Excluding a brief flurry early in the half, the home side have been comprehensively out played here.
    • 42' Another corner for the visitors - they finish the half as they started: on top. But Cisse's pace provides a threat for the home side on the break.
    • 40' Garcia concedes a free-kick in pretty dangerous territory, 25 yards out and right of center. Bocchetti gets it over the wall but it never threatens the goal of Tzorvas and dribbles wide.
    • 38' Kasaev continues to look bright. And he leads the visitors into the break in the ascendancy.
    • 36' Most threatening moment of the half from either side and it comes from the boot of Kasaev from distance. He almost manages to catch Tzorvas unawares but the stopper manages to re-adjust his feet to push over the bar.
    • 34' Garcia spoils some smart footwork down the right with a poor centre.
    • 33' Cisse has a speculative effort from distance charged down - looked to be going over, anyhow.
    • 32' Neither side seems capable of taking this game by the scruff of the neck.
    • 30' This game is swinging back and forth - Rubin now in the ascendancy.
    • 29' GREAT CHANCE. Vyntra clears off the line from Karnilenko following some confusion in the home side's defence. Karadeniz with the clever headed assist.
    • 27' Garcia is caught again down Rubin's right. He whips in a free-kick that eventually finds it was to Boumsong who spectacularly scissor kicks wide.
    • 25' Garcia gets the ball caught under his feet having been found in a dangerous area by Karagounis - he could have been in there.
    • 24' Karnilenko flashes a header just wide from the resulting corner.
    • 22' Boumsong brings a quick Kasaev break to an end with a timely interception but at the expense of a corner.
    • 20' Simao has taken almost total control of the midfield area.
    • 19' Karagounis finds Cisse early in the box but the Frenchman's half volley is charged down for a corner.
    • 17' And fires a speculative effort into the arms of Ryzhikov.
    • 16' Another free-kick for the home side. Karagounis over it, 40 yards out.
    • 15' Bocchetti does incredibly well to bring a Cisse charge to halt with a timely intervention.
    • 13' Very whistle happy referee from Germany - the slightest of contact meriting a free-kick.
    • 12' It is all very direct from both sides at the moment, meaning a distinct lack of penetration. Pana, following a very shaky start, are having slightly the better of it.
    • 10' When in possession, Pana look threatening but they appear unable - or unwilling - to put pressure on their visitors. Boumsong goes long for Cisse but the French international just can't get the required contact and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Two quick fire chances for the home side but Christodoulopoulos fails to connect and the Rubin stroke the ball around the back again. Pana really need to put some pressure on the ball.
    • 6' The whistles begin again as Rubin stroke the ball around the back.
    • 5' Spyropoulos goes down under the challenge of Natcho but that looks like a dive. Poor start from the home side.
    • 4' The home side are sitting incredibly deep - a fact that has not gone unnoticed by the home supporters, who greet a sustained period of Rubin possession with a cacophony of whistles.
    • 2' Rubin make much of the early running!! First Boumsong and then Sarriegi cut out dangerous looking through balls.
    • 1' The captains exchange handshakes and referee Manuel Grafe of Germany gets the game underway.
    • 19:40 The teams are in the tunnel as the Olimpiako Stadio reaches full voice!
    • 19:35 Keep an eye on all eight Champions League games here!
    • 19:30 The significance of this game to both sides is best revealed by a quick look at the Group D table.
    • 19:25 Some slightly more obscure stats regarding tonight's fixture: only one team (Rangers, 9) has fired in fewer shots than Panathinaikos (11) in this season’s Champions League. Rubin Kazan have attempted fewer crosses (22) than any other team so far and only one team has posted a worse success rate than their 9% completion.
    • 19:20 This will be the first meeting between a Greek side and a Russian team in European Cup history.
    • 19:15 They can retain some hope though, in Panathinaikos’ last Champions League campaign (2008-09), they also lost their first two matches but ended up winning their group.
    • 19:10 Considering Panthinaikos have got off to the worst-ever start to a Champions League Group Stage by a Greek side with zero points and a -6 goal difference; the home support will hoping that Pana can continue their 100% record against Russian teams.
    • 19:05 HEAD TO HEAD: the sides have never met before. In fact, Panathinaikos have only ever played one Russian team and that was in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup group stage where they beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0 at home.
    • 19:00 Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Vyntra, Boumsong, Sarriegi, Spyropoulos, Katsouranis, Simao, Marinos, Karagounis, Luis Garcia, Cisse. Subs: Fernandes, Seitaridis, Ioannidis, Plessis, Christodoulopoulos, Dimoutsos, Mavrias. /// Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Kaleshin, Bocchetti, Cesar Navas, Ansaldi, Kasaev, Noboa, Natcho, Ryazantsev, Karadeniz, Karnilenko Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Bystrov, Sibaya, Orehov, Martins, Carlos Eduardo.
    • - Team news: Pana will have to do without vice-captain Gilberto Silva - who serves a suspension following his sending off in the defeat to FC Copenhagen - and former Lyon winger Sidney Govou, who has failed to shrug off a thigh injury. Sebastian Leto and Sotiris Ninis also miss out but Giourkas Seitaridis and Josu Sarriegi are fit again and Djibril Cisse is available to lead the line.
    • - Rubin have an almost full roster of players to select from - with only Roman Sharonov on the injury list. In fact, coach Kurban Berdyev rested several key players during the Russian Premier League match against Rostov at the weekend and took strikers Obafemi Martins and Carlos Eduardo off at half-time.
    • - The home side have lost 5-1 away at Barcelona and 2-0 at home to FC Copenhagen and sit bottom of Group D coming into tonight's fixtures - a place and a point behind their opponents, Rubin Kazan.
    • - Good evening and welcome to a Group D crunch match between Panathinaikos and Rubin Kazan at the OACA Spiros Louis Stadium in Athens - defeat for either side will almost certainly extinguish any harbouring second round aspirations.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Garcia fires a cross into the near post but there's nothing doing there.
    • 89' Plessis flashes an effort wide of the post via a deflection.
    • 77' Given their superior possession, Rubin Kazan probably deserve the lead but lacking a genuine goal threat their Champions League campaign was almost dealt a fatal blow when Cisse rose highest to head past Ryzhikov only for his celebrations to be cut short by the assistant referee's flag.
    • 68' You get the impression this one will be settled by a moment of genius or a horrendous error - this has been a dour game and on this showing neither side deserves to progress to the knock out stages.
    • 66' CHANCE!! Boumsong is again there to deny the visitors but his attempt at a clearance finds it way to Kasaev whose solid strike from a tight angle is just tipped around the post.
    • 56' Rubin win the ball deep in Pana territory and Karnilenko elects to shoot from distance when he may have been better served finding a colleague.
    • 44' But Cisse almost makes the first half performance irrelevant with a powerful header that just flashes the wrong side of the post.
    • 42' Another corner for the visitors - they finish the half as they started: on top. But Cisse's pace provides a threat for the home side on the break.
    • 40' Garcia concedes a free-kick in pretty dangerous territory, 25 yards out and right of center. Bocchetti gets it over the wall but it never threatens the goal of Tzorvas and dribbles wide.
    • 36' Most threatening moment of the half from either side and it comes from the boot of Kasaev from distance. He almost manages to catch Tzorvas unawares but the stopper manages to re-adjust his feet to push over the bar.
    • 29' GREAT CHANCE. Vyntra clears off the line from Karnilenko following some confusion in the home side's defence. Karadeniz with the clever headed assist.
    • 24' Karnilenko flashes a header just wide from the resulting corner.
    • 19' Karagounis finds Cisse early in the box but the Frenchman's half volley is charged down for a corner.
    • 12' It is all very direct from both sides at the moment, meaning a distinct lack of penetration. Pana, following a very shaky start, are having slightly the better of it.
    • 10' When in possession, Pana look threatening but they appear unable - or unwilling - to put pressure on their visitors. Boumsong goes long for Cisse but the French international just can't get the required contact and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 19:00 Panathinaikos: Tzorvas, Vyntra, Boumsong, Sarriegi, Spyropoulos, Katsouranis, Simao, Marinos, Karagounis, Luis Garcia, Cisse. Subs: Fernandes, Seitaridis, Ioannidis, Plessis, Christodoulopoulos, Dimoutsos, Mavrias. /// Rubin Kazan: Ryzhikov, Kaleshin, Bocchetti, Cesar Navas, Ansaldi, Kasaev, Noboa, Natcho, Ryazantsev, Karadeniz, Karnilenko Subs: Arlauskis, Kuzmin, Bystrov, Sibaya, Orehov, Martins, Carlos Eduardo.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Panathinaikos

    Manager: Nikolaos Nioplias

  • Rubin Kazan

    Manager: Kurban Berdyyev

  • Line-up

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