Panathinaikos sends Roma out of Europe

BY foxsports • February 25, 2010

Panathinaikos beat AS Roma 3-2 on Wednesday to progress to the round of 16 in the Europa League with a 6-4 aggregate win.

John Arne Risse gave Roma the lead early on with a deflected freekick, but two goals from Djibril Cisse and one from Sotiris Ninis gave the Greeks a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime.

After the break Daniele De Rossi scored a second for Roma but Claudio Ranieri's team failed to create further chances despite Kostas Katsouranis being sent off late on.

"This is a big day for the club," coach Nikos Nioplias said. "I hope we can keep this good run going. We went with a plan and it worked for us. We beat a big team, Roma, a team that is in great form."

After Risse had given the Italian side the lead in the 11th minute, Panathinaikos hit back with three goals in the last five minutes of the first half to take control.

Cisse scored a penalty in the 40th after De Rossi fouled Ninis, who scored the second with a long range shot three minutes later. Ninis then set up Cisse for his second in first half injury time.

"It was a really good game from all the team," Cisse said. "Ninis is a great player and that was a great pass he gave me. I'm happy he scored a goal and I hope we can go much further in this competition."

De Rossi gave Roma hope in the 67th when he scored from a rebound after Panathinaikos goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas saved Alessio Cerci's shot, but it failed to spark a Roma comeback.


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