Dundee Utd 0 - 1 AEK Athens

Europa League - 3rd Qual. Round 1st Leg
Thursday, August 19th, 2010, 8:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 12,116
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)
Dundee Utd  AEK Athens

None. Rafik Djebbour (11)

Team Managers
Peter Houston
Manolo Jiménez

Starting Eleven
Dušan Perniš
Paul Dixon
Garry Kenneth
Seán Dillon
Keith Watson
Craig Conway
Morgaro Gomis
Prince Buaben
Scott Robertson
Jon Daly
David Goodwillie
Diego Sebastian Saja
Kostas Manolas
Sanel Jahić
Traianos Dellas
Pantelis Kafes
Pereira Leonardo
Panagiotis Lagos
Grigoris Makos
Rafik Djebbour
Nacho Scocco
Nikos Liberopoulos

Steve Banks
Darren Dods
Barry Douglas
Johnny Russell
Andis Shala
Damián Casalinuovo
Danny Cadamarteri
Giannis Arabatzis
Nikolaos Karabelas
Papa Bouba Diop
Nikolaos Georgeas
Éder Luiz Lima de Souza
Nathan Burns
Ismael Blanco

Danny Cadamarteri for Scott Robertson (81)
Nathan Burns for Pereira Leonardo (71)
Papa Bouba Diop for Rafik Djebbour (81)
Éder Luiz Lima de Souza for Nacho Scocco (89)

Craig Conway (18)
Prince Buaben (50)
Garry Kenneth (90)
Nacho Scocco (31)
Nikos Liberopoulos (42)
Grigoris Makos (74)
Traianos Dellas (84)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dušan Perniš (GK) 27 apps -
Seán Dillon 123 apps2 goals
Keith Watson 14 apps -
Paul Dixon 65 apps1 goal
Garry Kenneth 130 apps6 goals
Craig Conway 139 apps13 goals
Morgaro Gomis 140 apps6 goals
Prince Buaben 100 apps8 goals
Scott Robertson 44 apps5 goals
Jon Daly 80 apps25 goals
David Goodwillie 89 apps20 goals
Danny Cadamarteri (sub) 26 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Keith Watson (20 years 283 days)
Oldest Player:Jon Daly (27 years 230 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 123 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Johnny Russell (20 years 138 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (38 years 201 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 176 days
Domestic Players:9 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Prince Buaben played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

A third place league finish and Scottish Cup glory the previous season had clinched European football for Dundee United for the first time in five years. Over 12,000 fans crammed into Tannadice as the Terrors lined up against Greek side AEK Athens in the first leg of their third qualifying round Europa League tie. Peter Houston made one change to his starting line-up from his side's 1-1 draw with St Mirren at the weekend: Keith Watson replacing Darren Dods who dropped to the bench.

AEK took control of the game and looked the more comfortable side from the start. The away side - playing in their blue away strip - were first to get close to the opposition goal after eight minutes when good link-up play between Lymperopoulos and Leonardo allowed Kafes into the six-yard box but the man wearing the number one shirt could only poke a weak shot at Pernis. The Greek side did take the lead two minutes later as they caught United somewhat on the counter-attack down the left. Ignacio Scocco saw his initial shot blocked but retained possession to fire the ball right across goal into the path of Rafic Djebbour who slid in at the backpost to force the ball high into the top corner of the net. United's first chance came when David Goodwillie found himself wide on the right and his cross was met by captain Daly but he could only head it well over the bar. The rest of the half was played out as United failed to put any flowing football together.

It was the second half before United finally gave the crowd something to get out of their seats for after 52 minutes when Conway did well at the corner flag before cutting inside and powering a shot at goal that was blocked by a well-placed defender. United were now playing at a higher tempo and managing to get round the Greek defence but the threat from AEK was always there. Two former Premiership men were introduced with ten minutes to go as Papa Bouba Diop came on for AEK while Peter Houston replaced Scott Robertson with Danny Cadamarteri as he desperately pushed for a vital equaliser. It nearly came seconds later as United had what was to be their best chance of the game. Paul Dixon managed to find Daly unmarked in the box but, perhaps not realising how much time and space he had, the United captain turned quickly and scuffed his left-foot shot harmlessly wide. The Greek side did enough to hold out for a clean sheet and put themselves in pole position going into the second leg in Athens.


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