AEK Athens 1 – RSC Anderlecht 1


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Three-time Belgian Footballer of the Year MBARK BOUSSOUFA (11) of RSC Anderlecht lags behind as AEK Athens’s 32-year-old veteran midfielder and club captain PANTELIS KAFES (1), who has won 34 caps (three goals) for Greece in his career, releases the ball at the Athens Olympic Stadium. (John Kolesidis/AP)
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UEFA Europa League
Group Stage
11/4/2010

1 – AEK Athens (GRE) ——————- Blanco pen 48′
1 – RSC Anderlecht (BEL) ————– Polak 54′

A goal from each side in the opening ten minutes of the second stanza saw to it visiting Belgian side RSC ANDERLECHT and AEK Athens ended in a 1-1 draw in Group G of the UEFA Europa League.

In the third minute of the second half, a disbelieving Hungary international defender ROLAND JUHASZ of RSC Anderlect was judged to have brought down AEK Athens’ Algeria World Cup striker RAFIK DJEBBOUR from behind in side the box.

Argentine striker ISMAEL BLANCO, who has been with AEK Athens since arriving – initially on loan – in August of 2007 from Primera Division club Colon de Santa Fe for what would become a combined fee of 2.35 million Euros, converted the ensuing penalty kick with a rising blast right down the middle.

AEK Athens did not stay ahead for long, however, as RSC Anderlecht soon answered after yeoman’s work along the wing by newly-capped Belgium international midfielder JONATHAN LEGEAR; the 23-year-old threaded a ball across the face of goal for Czech Republic international midfielder JAN POLAK to slide home for his first goal in Europe this season in the 54th minute.

“We missed a lot of chances so I think we could have taken all three points,” stated Juhasz, who stands second for RSC Anderlecht with three goals in Europe this season, after the match. “I’m not as happy as I might have been.”

Nevertheless, RSC Anderlecht remain in second place in Group G tied with AEK Athens on four points but ahead in the standings on the basis of head-to-head record with the 3-0 victory for the Les Mauves et Blancs in Brussels the difference between the two sides.

Zenit St. Petersburg are the runaway leaders with a 100% record after four matches in Group G of the UEFA Europa League while HNK Hadjuk Split of Croatia are last with three points.

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Belgium international midfielder GUILLAUME GILLET (30), who has scored a pair of goals in Europe for the Purple & White this season, is confronted by the AEK Athens duo of sliding club captain PANTELIS KAFES and Uruguay international midfielder CLAUDIO DADOMO (13) at the Athens Olympic Stadium. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
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AEK ATHENS : Saja ; Lagos (Froxilias 73′), Manolas, Nasuti, Patsatzoglu ; Leonardo (Eder 65′), Gentsoglu (Makos 86′), Kafes, Dadomo ; Blanco, Djebbour

RSC ANDERLECHT : Proto ; Lecjaks, Kouyate, Juhasz, Mazuch ; Legear (Badibanga 90′), Kljestan, Polak (Suarez 77′), Gillet, Bousouffa (Kanu 67′) ; Lukaku

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Czech Republic midfielder JAN POLAK (8), who was bought by the Brussels club from German Bundesliga side 1.FC Nuremberg for a fee of 3.5 million Euros in August of 2007, shoots past AEK Athens’ Argentina international goalkeeper SEBASTIAN SAJA (23) to bring RSC Anderlecht level in the 54th minute at the Athens Olympic stadium. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)
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RSC Anderlecht players celebrate Polak’s equalizer against AEK Athens at the seemingly empty Athens Olympic Stadium in Greece. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)
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