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Manchester United FC 3 - 1 Panathinaikos FC
Tue 21 November 20:45
Old Trafford, Manchester
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Two goals from Paul Scholes in the final ten minutes came as a great relief to Manchester United FC who, when Giorgios Karagounis equlaised just past the hour, feared that they would be dropping home points to Panathinaikos FC at the start of the UEFA Champions League Second Group Stage.
The Greek side proved formidable opposition and should have been at least two goals clear at half-time.  Fabien Barthez kept the 1999 champions in it at that stage and it was his long kick that paved the way for Teddy Sheringham's opener three minutes into the second-half.  Scholes second goal, in the 90th minute, was a delightful chip and typified a match of high-quality.

Teddy Sheringham is congratulated after scoring United's opener
(© Reuters)
Slick passing
The quality was mostly the preserve of Panathinaikos at the start as they put together a number of slick passing moves that frightened the life out of Alex Ferguson's side.  The visitors had qualified from Group E - ahead of Juventus FC - despite only firing six goals in their first six matches and Old Trafford could see why they are not prolific scorers.
In particular Nikolaos Liberopoulos had two outstanding opportunities in the opening period but could not make them count and continues his search for a goal in the competition which has extended all the way from the qualifying rounds.  Early on he forced Barthez to save with his feet.  Then on the stroke of half-time he was poised to pull the trigger again at the climax of a sweeping move that began after Nicky Butt was hustled out of possession.

Barthez to the rescue again
Liberopoulos made room by nutmegging a defender but again couldn't find a way past Barthez. At this stage United had only a couple of long-range efforts from Butt and David Beckham to their name.  With Ryan Giggs unable to shake off his hamstring injury it was to Beckham that they looked to spart something off.
At half-time Panathinaikos could feel well satisfied with life.  Yet this United team, looking to stretch their winning sequence in all competitions to seven matches, are always capable of producing something special to turn a game.  It was a route-one approach with which they put their noses in front however; Barthez's long punt helped on by Dwight Yorke and there was Sheringham striding away from his marker to bury a shot and maintain his record of scoring in every Champions League home fixture this season.

Super Scholes
Panathinaikos equalised in the 64th-minute from a free-kick. The ball was touched off to the influential Karagounis who beat Barthez with a delightfully-floated drive. The scores were still tied as the game went into the final ten minute phase and how United needed another shaft of inspiration.
It came from full-back Mikael Silvestre who justified his inclusion ahead of Denis Irwin with a storming run that took him past a couple of defenders. His shot came back off the keeper and Scholes tucked the loose ball away.  Then in the 90th-minute a sweeping move ended with Scholes in possession to the right of goal.  A deft chip did the rest and United were home though once more they had not been entirely convincing.


Matches
First Half  0 - 0
Extra 3"
Second Half  3 - 1
48'  10 Sheringham  MU
64'  26 Karagounis  PN
67'  26 Karagounis (out)
7 Vlaovic (in)
PN
75'  9 Warzycha (out)
31 Kiassos (in)
PN
79'  13 Sypniewski (out)
3 Olivares (in)
PN
81'  18 Scholes  MU
90'  18 Scholes  MU
Extra 2'09"
Full Time Statistics
13 Shots on goal 4
3 Wide shots 4
7 Fouls committed 8
8 Corners 0
7 Off sides 4
30'41" Ball Possession (time) 32'19"
48% Ball Possession (%) 52%
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Lineups
Man United
1 Barthez 
2 G Neville 
7 Beckham 
8 Butt 
10 Sheringham 
12 P Neville 
16 Keane (C)
18 Scholes 
19 Yorke 
24 Brown 
27 Silvestre 
Substitutes
17 Van Der Gouw 
3 Irwin 
5 Johnsen 
22 Wallwork 
25 Fortune 
34 Greening 
35 Healy 
Coach
FERGUSON Sir Alex
Panathinaikos
1 Nikopolidis 
2 Henriksen 
5 Galetto 
8 Goumas (C)
9 Warzycha 
13 Sypniewski 
14 Vokolos 
20 Basinas 
21 Liberopoulos 
26 Karagounis 
30 Fissas 
Substitutes
12 Kotsolis 
3 Olivares 
7 Vlaovic 
17 Nasiopoulos 
18 Koutsoures 
19 Kola 
31 Kiassos 
Coach
ANASTASIADIS Angelos
Officials
Referee
MESSINA Domenico (ITA)
Assistant Referee
BABINI Fabrizio (ITA)
CONSOLO Andrea (ITA)
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