30 October 2001
SCHALKE 3-1 ARSENAL
Sand flicked on Bohme's cross and Mulder tapped in. Luzhny was sent off for elbowing Bohme. Matellan caught the £12 million flop Wiltord in possession and sent the ball to Mulder who let it run under him with one of the most awesome dummies I have ever seen, it was so good even half the fans fell out of their seats, Vermant was left with a tap-in. The best 'invisible' assist of all time! Moller added a third on the break. Wiltord scored at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked.
Wenger gave his usual excuses, blaming the sending off. Amazing how he managed to forget Arsenal's almost 100% away record in Europe prior to this match that is 100% lost.
24 OCTOBER 2001
ARSENAL 3-1 MALLORCA
Pires made up for an earlier miss by giving Arsenal a long overdue lead from Ljungberg's cross. Bergkamp got tremendous air time as he leapt to head home Van Bronckhorst's cross. Campbell got caught ball watching as Campano picked out Novo with a simple pass, he dummied Wright and passed the ball into an empty net. Van Bronckhorst's quickly taken free kick released Henry to race downfield and slot the ball into the corner.
Assists : Ljungberg, Van Bronckhorst (x2)
PANATHINAIKOS 2-0 SCHALKE
Karagounis swung a stunning cross into the box and Olisadebe timed his leap to perfection as he climbed between two defenders to head in. Konstantinou dribbled past a few players before unleashing a shot into the corner, great goal.
Karagounis is absolutely class.
Assist : Karagounis
16 OCTOBER 2001
ARSENAL 2-1 PANATHINAIKOS
A brilliant tackle by Vieira in midfield lead to the opening goal. He slid in and stripped the ball from a midfielder before releasing Henry, 1-0. Panathinaikos were awarded a penalty when Olisadebe went down under Upson's challenge. Basinas stepped up but Wright made a fantastic save. Arsenal then typically (in Europe at least) made things difficult for themselves by gifting Panathinaikos an equaliser. Olisadebe picked up the ball after a terrible clearance by Campbell, humiliated Cole and his shot deflected in off Campbell. Wiltord ran down the other end and won a penalty when sandwiched between two defenders. Henry sent Nikopolidis the wrong way.
Assists : Vieira, Wiltord
MALLORCA 0-4 SCHALKE
Sand knocked down Wilmot's cross and Van Hoogdalem knocked it into the net. Hajto converted a penalty awarded for a foul on Asamoah. Asamoah headed in a third after a serious of rebounds and Sand put Mallorca out of their misery with another header.
Assists : Sand, Asamoah, Buskens
19 SEPTEMBER 2001
ARSENAL 3-2 SCHALKE
Ljungberg's shot took a wicked deflection off Waldoch leaving Reck wrong footed. Brilliant play by Van Bronckhorst gave Arsenal what should have been a comfortable lead. He chipped a ball into Wiltord who returned it with a beautiful flick, Van Bronckhorst ran through Vermant's challenge and centred for Henry who turned and squeezed the ball inside the post. Wiltord tried to break from a corner but Muller intercepted the ball and Arsenal watched his cross sail into the box, Agali attempted an overhead kick but missed and Hoogdalem lashed the ball Seamen via a deflection off the equally ancient Keown. Vieira threw himself over Reck to win the penalty. Henry scored with ease. Mpenza capitalised on more horrendous defending to head in Hajto's cross.
"I think the goalkeeper touched me. I can understand why they are upset but it's a penalty. The referee gave it and it's part of the game." Vieira's response to claims he dived :
"The penalty was not really a penalty of course but Vieira is very clever and he went down. The referee does not have slow motion though so we cannot accuse him of anything." Schalke Coach Huub Stevens
Assists : Van Bronckhorst, Muller, Vieira, Hajto
PANATHINAIKOS 2-0 MALLORCA
A brilliant opening goal. Michaelsen picked out Vlaovic with a superb 30yd cross down the right, he waited for the ball to bounce and dropped a half volley into the net. Three minutes later Mallorca were done on the right again. Vlaovic headed on Michelsen's cross, Konstantinou flicked the ball over Nino, Leo Franca again came off his line and Konstantinou poked the ball past him.
Assists : Michaelsen, Vlaovic
11 SEPTEMBER 2001
SCHALKE 0-2 PANATHINAIKOS
In the wake of today's bombing the innagural European match at the Gelserchihen stadium came into second perspective. A moments silence was held before kick-off in memory of the fallen in the attacks.
Turning to the match both teams seemed reluctant to attack early on with few clear cut chances in the first half in general. The second half offered a bit more with the two teams raising their tempo and Panathinaikos opened the scoring in the 75th minute with a direct free-kick from Croat Vlaovic who slid the ball under the Schalke wall and into "grandfather" Reck's corner after Konstantinou had won the foul near the edge of Schalke's box. Having scored Schalke tried to push forward but created few chances most long shots outside the box from Haito and Djordjevic. This gave Panathinaikos the chance to cap a great team performance on the night with a great team effort for the second goal. Cypriot hit-man Konstantinou was able to turn and leave Waldoch standing, he dashed down the right flank, crossed the ball low across the face of the goal with Vlaovic taking one of the defenders with him leaving an unmarked Basinas to cap a wonderful move with a cool finish placing the ball into Reck's bottom left corner. Panathinaikos could have added to their goal tally had Vlaovic and Karagounis been more careful in the closing minutes with their finishing.
Overall Panathinaikos deserved the win on the night, being by far the better side keeping Schalke at bay, a Schalke team that disappointed not being able to show any attributes of their exciting and attacking play that distinguishes them as a team.
Attendance : 52,000
Assists : Konstantinou (x2)