Panathinaikos 2 - Mallorca 0
Nikopolidis; Seitaridis, Henriksen, Kyrgiakos, Fissas; Sousa, Michaelsen,
Basinas, Karagounis (Kolkka 80'); Vlaovic (Vokolos 83'), Konstantinou
(Olisadebe 80'). 4-4-2.
Mallorca were well beaten by a Panathinaikos side who were unlucky not to end the game with a hat-full of goals. The Balearic Isles side were sadly missing their talented play-maker Ibagaza, and without him they were unable to carve out any chances until Eto'o finally got a shot on target eight minutes from the end. The Greek side took the lead halfway through the first half through ex Valencia striker Vlaovic who incisively lobbed Leo Franco after a defence splitting pass from Denmark's Michaelsen. And only three minutes later they made it two when Konstantinou's half-struck shot hit Fatih on the knee and deflected in to the net. It was another bad luck blow for the unsettled Turkish international who was only just back in the side replacing the suspended Olaizola after scoring in his own net against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly. Mallorca did not respond though, and soon afterwards Leo Franco was called upon to make two saves in a minute from Vlaovic and then Fissas to stop his side from falling further behind.
Krauss made a tactical change at half time, switching Paunovic to the centre and Marcos out to the left, but even when Carlos and then Novo came on there was still no sign of life in the Balearic side. Only poor marksmanship prevented Konstantinou from scoring on three separate occasions, so much so that the Spanish television commentators were upset when the striker was finally taken off. In the end though Mallorca were grateful in the end when the final whistle went, and they will now have to get a result at Schalke next week, and that without Fernando Niño who will be suspended, if they realistically want to reach the next stage. Panathinaikos record their first win ever against a Spanish side in 34 years of European competition, and they move top of the group on six points, with Mallorca and Arsenal on three and Schalke yet to get off the mark.