Panathinaikos beats Wisla Krakow

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Greek football club Panathinaikos have advanced to the group stage of the Champions League.

Athens:

Greek football club Panathinaikos have advanced to the group stage of the Champions League after beating Wisla Krakow 4-1 and 5-4 on aggregate. Throwing everyone into attack, Illias Kotsios headed in a corner kick from Costas Haralambides in the 113th minute. The late strike earned Panathinaikos its fourth straight appearance in the group stage of the Champions League. After a scoreless first half, Panathinaikos started taking risks and South Africa defender Nasief Morris got the first goal in the 62nd minute with a header off a looping free kick from Haralambides. In the 65th, Panathinaikos doubled its lead - enough to put them through on away goals - when Wisla goalkeeper Radoslaw Majdan was unable to hold a blistering free kick from Anthony Seric. Poland international Emmanuel Olisadebe calmly headed into an empty goal. Stunning goal However, the visitors silenced the 60,000-crowd at the Olympic Stadium in the 78th minute. Surrounded by four Panathinaikos defenders on the edge of the area, Radoslaw Sobolewski curled in a stunning shot, leaving Panathinaikos 'keeper Mario Galinovic no chance. Substitute Dimitris Papadopoulos leveled the match on aggregate in the 87th after a surging run and a shot which hit Arkadiusz Glowacki's knee before finding the net. (AP)

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