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|Panathinaikos FC and Hamburger SV played out a disappointing draw in the Spiros Louis stadium in Athens on Matchday Four of the First Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. |
Neither side had many goalscoring chances although the Greeks in front of their own fans can claim to have come closest to scoring, especially through their Croatian striker Goran Vlaovic.
However the visitors could ultimately have snatched victory at the very end of the game.
Hamburg appeared to have settled for a draw before the game kicked off although they always looked comfortable in possession as did the Greeks. And it was the Greeks who needed to win this game more than the Germans if they wanted to progress to the Second Group Stage.
The home team’s most dangerous player was Nikolaos Liberopoulos but he failed to receive much of the ball and Hamburg’s strikers Anthony Yeboah and Marek Heinz suffered the same fate.
And the home team’s first chance fell to Vlaovic, who has also played his club football in Italy and Spain. After 35 minutes a corner was swung in and Vlaovic volleyed over from close range.
The Croatian then had arguably the best chance of the whole game after 39 minutes.
The ball was slipped to him and he went around the goalkeeper only to hit his shot into the side-netting from 10 metres out.
A minute later and Hamburg had their first good chance, when a Yeboah shot was charged down and Niko Kovac blasted over.
Six minutes after the re-start Liberopoulos was in with a good chance on the counter-attack but although he was inside the penalty area he shot wide of the goal.
And a minute later Giorgios Karagounis then sent a low free-kick just wide of the goal from 25 metres.
Both sides tried to change the course of the game with substitutions but they failed to carve out any more serious opportunities.
One of those substitutes, Krzysztof Warzycha, a local hero for the Athens fans, came close after 74 minutes but sent a shot over the bar.
But in the final minutes of this encounter Hamburg, through Marek Heinz, could have won the game for the visitors but he put his shot wide of the post from five metres out to round off the game.