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Aguiar Bruno [P Kapetanos 88] ;[N Liberopoulos 93]
49 of 066 Saulius Mikoliunas 61 E H


HOW the Jambos rated in last night's crunch Champions League qualifier.
By Anthony Haggerty


Craig Gordon 8 - Watched helplessly as Dellas' header hit crossbar inside two minutes but made amends with crucial saves from Cesar and was competent throughout.

Robbie Neilson 7 - Resolute defensive performance in face of extreme adversity. Complemented Pressley and Berra effectively.

Steven Pressley 8 - Skipper was an inspiration to teammates and threw himself in front of everthing. Enjoyed a great tussle with Kapetanos but one uncharacteristic momentary lapse was almost punished by Cesar.

Christophe Berra 7 - Maturing into a fine central defender and forming impressive partnership with Pressley. Fine display given the enormity of the occasion but out of luck with cruel deflection for the Greeks' winner.

Takis Fyssas 6 - The Greek defender looked as though he was trying too hard to impress and his distribution was strangely awry.

Christos Karipidis 4 - Always a tall order for central defender to replace influential Brellier in the midfield and Greek star looked well off the pace against compatriots right from the start.

Bruno Aguiar 6 - Given runaround by former Rangers reject Emerson at times. Squandered decent half chance to open scoring in second half then rather unluckily sent off for dissent.

Devidas Mikoliunas 6 - Struck deflected effort off the post after 11 minutes and blazed another good chance over the top. But grabbed crucial and precious opening goal.

Neil McCann 6 - Still showing signs of getting back to full match fitness. Provided occasional spurt of energy and flash of skill but all too infrequent.

Michal Pospisil 5 - Must have breathed huge a sigh of relief when he headed Julio Cesar's corner off his own post and found it hard to get to grips with contest.

Roman Bednar 5 - Czech hitman got absolutely no change at all from colossal defensive figure of Dellas but did strike initial shot off the post for Mikoliunas to score from the rebound.


Lee Wallace 5 - Replaced hard-working Bednar for last 21 minutes in a bid to protect lead.

Edgaris Jankauskas 6 - Flu bug victim replaced ineffective Karispidis after 54 minutes. Switch paid immediate dividends when he helped set up Mikoliunas goal.

Calum Elliot 2 - Only given last eight minutes so got little chance to shine.

Subs not used: Banks, Beslija, Makela, Mole.

AEK Athens: Sorrentino, Pautasso, Dellas, Cirillo, Georgeas, Emerson, Ivic, Koutroumanos, Julio Cesar, Liberopoulos, Kapetanos. Subs: Chiotis, Papaststhopoulos, Tziortziopoulos, Moras, Soares, Lakis, Tozser.

Referee: NVollquartz (Denmark).

Taken from the Daily Record

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