Real Madrid 3 - Panathinaikos 0
Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro (Karanka 52'), Pavón, Roberto
Carlos (Solari 77'); Celades, Iván Helguera; Figo, Zidane, Raúl;
Morientes (Munitis 85'). 4-2-3-1.
Real Madrid recorded a comfortable victory against Panathinaikos in the second match of phase two to move clear at the top of group C. Del Bosque was missing only the injured Makelele from his first choice line up, and Celades came in to the side alongside Iván Helguera. The Spanish side started strongly, and could have taken an early lead when Nikopolidis saved well from a Raúl header and then a Figo free kick. The pressure paid off however when Helguera chested down a long flighted pass from Zidane on the right of the area to drive a low shot into the net through the legs of the unfortunate keeper, his first goal of the season. Figo almost added a second before half time with a shot which rattled the crossbar as Madrid kept up their attack.
Panathinaikos had not managed a decent shot on target in the first half, but Olisadebe finally brought a good save out of Casillas after the restart. However Raúl put the home fans at ease scoring Madrid's second from a diving header from close up after the ball bobbled up from Morientes's boot, and quickly got another after Nikolpolidis could only push Figo's free kick against the post. Casillas saved well from a Boateng header as the Greek side came out looking for a consolation goal, but Madrid were not going to let anything spoil their night and they ended the day with a maximum six points. Sparta Prague won at Oporto to move on to three points, with Panathinaikos and Oporto on one.