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W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Panathinaikos Panathinaikos

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Panathinaikos romp to win

Overdue win is worth the wait for Greeks

Last Updated: 04/11/08 10:42pm

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Ten Cate: First win

Ten Cate: First win

Panathinaikos hammered Werder Bremen 3-0 in Germany to record their first UEFA Champions League win for three years and revive their chances of going through from Group B.

Second half goals from Vangelis Mantzios, Giorgos Karagounis and Alexandros Tziolis gave the Greeks an impressive victory which left Bremen winless and bottom of the group.

All four of Mantzios's goals in the competition have come against Bremen and he continued that run with his third in two games to open the scoring after 58 minutes.

Collecting a pass from Karagounis, Mantzios turned on the edge of the penalty area and fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

Stunning

Karagounis, who had hit the bar with a long-range free-kick in the first half, then scored a stunning second 11 minutes later as he allowed a throw-in to bounce and thumped an angled volley into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Bremen had offered little threat and they went further behind seven minutes from time when Tziolis drilled in a loose ball as the German defence disintegrated.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto almost added a fourth but saw his effort cleared off the line.

Bremen's best spell came just before half-time but they created few real chances against a side managed by former Chelsea assistant Henk Ten Cate.

Markus Rosenberg had a shot saved by Mario Galinovic, who also did well to parry a free-kick from Diego which flicked off the head of Claudio Pizarro.

But Panathinaikos were rarely troubled again as they cruised to a first victory in eight attempts in the competition.

Werder BremenTeam StatisticsPanathinaikos
0Goals3
01st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target4
3Shots off Target6
5Blocked Shots5
8Corners2
16Fouls14
0Offsides6
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
80.2Passing Success76.3
12Tackles14
66.7Tackles Success78.6
58.4Possession41.6
56.9Territorial Advantage43.1

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