Atlético Madrid 2 - Panathinaikos 1
Abbiati; Perea, Eller, Zé Castro (Reyes 60'), Antonio López;
Maxi, Cléber Santana (Simao 46'), Raúl García, Luis
García; Agüero (Pablo 95'), Diego Forlán. 4-4-2.
Atlético Madrid came back from a goal down to beat Panathinaikos 2-1 in the last minute of their group B match. Javier Aguirre's side needed to beat their closest rivals to finish top of their group and avoid being drawn against a Champions League side, and the coach put out a strong line up. But they took some time to get going, and fell behind when Salpingidis cut through the defence to fire an angled shot past Abbiati late in the first half.
With nothing to lose Aguirre brought on Simao and then Reyes, and with a quarter of an hour to go Luis García picked up an assist from Agüero to equalise. Soon afterwards Raúl García was sent off for insulting the referee, but even so Simao won it with an injury time free kick.