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    26 year old in New York; Passionate fan of the beautiful game; lover of Argentina (los Albicelestes); long-suffering, devoted supporter of Atlético Madrid (los Rojiblancos) for the past 13 years.
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UEFA: Atlético de Madrid 2 Panathinaikos 1

Posted by atleti on December 20, 2007

Los Colchoneros celebrate the win that sends them to the top of Group B.

TACTICS: Abbiati; Perea, Zé Castro (Reyes 60′), Eller, Antonio López; Raúl García, Cléber (Simao 46′), Luis García, Maxi; Forlán and Kun Agüero (Pablo 90+5).

33′ Salpingidis
73′ Luis García (tremendous bit of skill by Kun & Reyes)
90+3′ Simao (GOLAZO free-kick; happy ending)


It wasn’t the greatest game, but our quality and ‘fighting spirit’ trumped that of the Greeks. We wanted it more, pushed for the win, and got it.  Mission Accomplished.

Panathinaikos proved to be a tougher nut to crack: for the most part, they were a well-organised, defensively-tight team. Oh, it certainly helped them that the German referee was unusually harsh on los rojiblancos– he disallowed two blatantly ONSIDE goals and, according to a few accounts, wrongly sent off Raúl.

What have I learned from this game?

*That Simao is our free kick specialist. OK, I already knew this! This game served as further confirmation.

*That Aguirre clearly wanted to avoid a Champions League loser as all of his substitutions were attacking players– to the point that he, again, sacrificed a defender (this time Zé Castro). Brave move by the Mexican– I wish he’d do this more often in Liga.

*We were OK in defence, but lacked presence in midfield, perhaps largely due to the absence of Maniche?

*That we came out more attack-minded in the second half.

I followed the game via live-text, so if you watched it in person or on live video, I’d be interested to know any specifics comments you had on the overall team performance or specific players. 

Atlético 10

Panathinaikos 9
Aberdeen 4
København 3
Lokomotiv Moskva 2



(Next up: home to ESPANYOL this Sunday.)

(I’LL BE AWAY FROM THE BLOG UNTIL EARLY SATURDAY; New entry will be up for the game against Espanyol.)

4 Responses to “UEFA: Atlético de Madrid 2 Panathinaikos 1”

  1. day1star said

    We’ve drawn Bolton in the next round of the Uefa cup, not bad, we should win first leg is at home. After that we will play either Sporting Lisbon/Basel i would think it will most probably be Sporting Lisbon, either way we should win this one too and become quarter finalists.

  2. day1star said

    Sorry i made a bit of an error the first leg against Bolton is away, it’s the first leg against either Sporting/Basel that is home.

  3. Rubén said

    Pretty good draw. Bolton have been rubbish in the Prem. They could lose key players in January too.


  4. atleti said

    Agreed all round! I like this draw very much. I can see us advancing to the next round.

    Welcome to the blog, Rubén…

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