The evening was to end in disappointment for Dundee United boss Peter Houston
A late Jon Daly goal was not enough for a battling Dundee United in the Europa League play-off second leg in Athens.
AEK's Papa Bouba Diop scored a first-half header which seemed to kill off the tie.
United had hoped to overturn a 1-0 deficit in a match played only in front of 500 of their own fans.
Daly scored a close-range equaliser to give the United fans hope, but the visitors could not find a second goal to take them to the group stages.
The match, controversially moved around stadiums in Athens over the past few days, kicked off at Olympiakos' Karaiskakis Stadium and the Athenians started brightly with an early drive from Pereira Leonardo.
The fixture had been moved from AEK's Olympic Stadium due to problems with the pitch and had been re-arranged at the ground of Panionios.
However, Panionios fans, angry at the prospect of their rivals playing at their stadium, sabotaged the pitch forcing another move.
Morgaro Gomis fouled Grigoris Makos just outside the box and Argentine forward Nacho Scocco shot over the bar from the free-kick.
The hosts took the lead when Diop, making his AEK debut, rose unchallenged to meet Leonardo's corner and head the ball home.
United struggled to make an impact against a slick AEK Athens side, and Sebastian Saja in the home goal only had one save to make in the first half, a comfortable take from a Craig Conway free-kick.
Conway had also headed the ball into the net from a low Keith Watson cross, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
With the half-time whistle looming the impressive Diop rifled in a left-footed effort which flashed just past Dusan Pernis' left-hand post.
Peter Houston was forced into a change early in the second half when striker Danny Cadamarteri limped off with a groin strain to be replaced by last season's Young Player of the Year David Goodwillie.
With the second half wearing on and no sign of a clear opportunity for the Terrors, Houston replaced David Robertson with Danny Swanson - making his first appearance of the season.
Conway was given licence to roam as United went for broke, and the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the match.
Goodwillie tried an adventurous overhead kick which fell to fellow substitute Daly, but his close-range effort was deflected over the bar.
Then, from nowhere, United grabbed a lifeline when Daly prodded home a cross from full-back Paul Dixon to give the visiting fans a glimmer of hope.
The visitors pressed hard for a second goal which would take them through, and Swanson passed up a great chance when he flashed his shot just wide of the post.
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Thursday, 26 August 2010
Europa Lge qualifying
(HT 1-0)(agg 2-1)
23 Sebastian Saja yellow card
04 Manolas yellow card
31 Georgeas (Gentsoglou 46)
09 Leonardo (Karabelas 89)
14 Makos yellow card
19 Lagos yellow card
10 Djebbour (Blanco 58)
20 Eder Luis,
24 Nathan Burns
03 Dixon yellow card
12 Robertson (Swanson 59)
16 Gomis (Daly 62)
10 Cadamarteri (Goodwillie 48)
21 Damian Casalinuovo,
Ref: Libor KovarikAtt: 600
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
93:55 The referee gets the game underway.
90:00+1:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Papa Bouba Diop. Strike comes in from Prince Buaben from the
free kick, save by Diego Sebastian Saja.
90:00+1:14 Booking Diego Sebastian Saja receives a caution for time wasting.
90:00+0:42 Craig Conway restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+0:42 Booking Grigoris Makos is cautioned.
90:00+0:39 Grigoris Makos gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway.
90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
88:21 Substitution Nikos Karabelas on for Pereira Leonardo.
86:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on Diego Sebastian Saja.
Diego Sebastian Saja takes the direct free kick.
84:45 Headed effort from inside the area by Ismael Blanco misses to the left of the goal.
83:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Blanco on Sean Dillon. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
81:27 Effort from the edge of the area by Daniel Swanson goes wide of the left-hand post.
80:58 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Conway.
78:54 Ignacio Scocco produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
77:15 Assist on the goal came from Paul Dixon.
77:15 GOAL - Jon Daly:AEK Athens 1 - 1 Dundee Utd Jon Daly scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. AEK Athens 1 (2)-(1) 1 Dundee Utd.
74:59 Ismael Blanco produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
73:50 Craig Conway fouled by Ignacio Scocco, the ref awards a free kick. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
72:52 Pereira Leonardo takes a outswinging corner.
72:20 Corner taken by Pereira Leonardo, Kostas Manolas produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Paul Dixon.
71:58 Ignacio Scocco takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
70:43 Pereira Leonardo takes a outswinging corner.
69:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop by Scott Robertson. Panagiotis Lagos takes the direct free kick.
67:14 Corner taken right-footed by Pereira Leonardo, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
64:58 Craig Conway challenges Panagiotis Lagos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Diego Sebastian Saja.
63:53 Craig Conway takes a outswinging corner.
63:26 Jon Daly takes a shot. Save made by Diego Sebastian Saja.
61:55 Substitution Morgaro Gomis leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Daly.
60:44 Paul Dixon is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Sebastian Saja.
58:24 Substitution Daniel Swanson replaces David Robertson.
57:48 Scott Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop. Panagiotis Lagos takes the direct free
Correction - 57:17 Substitution Ismael Blanco joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rafik Djebbour.
57:17 Substitution (AEK Athens) makes a substitution, with Ismael Blanco coming on for Pereira Leonardo.
55:45 Garry Kenneth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop. Direct free kick taken by Diego Sebastian
55:13 Corner taken by Garry Kenneth.
54:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Kostas Manolas. Craig Conway crosses the ball from the free kick
right-footed from left wing.
51:32 Free kick taken by Panagiotis Lagos.
51:32 Booking The referee cautions Paul Dixon for unsporting behaviour.
51:28 Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pereira Leonardo.
50:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grigoris Makos on Morgaro Gomis. Keith Watson restarts play with the free kick.
50:05 Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on Pereira Leonardo. Papa Bouba Diop takes the direct free kick.
48:28 Foul by Pantelis Kafes on Craig Conway, free kick awarded. Craig Conway restarts play with the free kick.
47:40 Keith Watson restarts play with the free kick.
47:40 Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with David Goodwillie coming on for Danny Cadamarteri.
47:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Panagiotis Lagos on David Robertson.
46:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Conway. Free kick taken by Diego Sebastian Saja.
45:01 Substitution (AEK Athens) makes a substitution, with Savvas Gentsoglou coming on for Nikos Georgeas.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
43:04 Papa Bouba Diop has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
42:25 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pereira Leonardo, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
41:49 Effort from the edge of the area by Craig Conway goes wide of the left-hand upright.
41:18 Pantelis Kafes takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
37:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Dillon on Ignacio Scocco. Ignacio Scocco restarts play with the free kick.
36:25 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Cadamarteri. Indirect free kick taken by Diego Sebastian Saja.
35:41 Unfair challenge on Pantelis Kafes by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Pantelis Kafes takes the direct free kick.
33:47 Unfair challenge on Paul Dixon by Pantelis Kafes results in a free kick. Paul Dixon restarts play with the free kick.
32:51 Direct free kick taken by Craig Conway.
32:51 Booking Kostas Manolas is cautioned.
32:26 Kostas Manolas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Cadamarteri.
30:59 Danny Cadamarteri is ruled offside. Diego Sebastian Saja restarts play with the free kick.
30:00 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Conway.
26:39 Corner taken right-footed by Pereira Leonardo.
26:00 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Pereira Leonardo.
Correction - 22:30 The assist for the goal came from Grigoris Makos.
22:30 Assist by Grigoris Makos.
22:30 GOAL - Papa Bouba Diop:AEK Athens 1 - 0 Dundee Utd A goal is scored by Papa Bouba Diop from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. AEK Athens 1 (2)-(0)
0 Dundee Utd.
Correction - 22:30 GOAL - Papa Bouba Diop:AEK Athens 1 - 0 Dundee Utd Papa Bouba Diop gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. AEK Athens 1 (2)-(0)
0 Dundee Utd.
Correction - 22:29 Corner taken by Pereira Leonardo.
20:55 Danny Cadamarteri is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Diego Sebastian Saja takes the indirect free kick.
19:15 Danny Cadamarteri challenges Grigoris Makos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Diego Sebastian
15:30 Booking The referee shows Panagiotis Lagos a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
14:08 Outswinging corner taken by Pereira Leonardo.
13:20 Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Grigoris Makos, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Ignacio Scocco from the free kick.
10:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pereira Leonardo by Scott Robertson. Pereira Leonardo delivers the ball, Sanel
Jahic has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
9:00 Shot from deep inside the area by Ignacio Scocco clears the bar.
5:24 Shot from just outside the area by Panagiotis Lagos goes over the bar.
5:01 Corner taken by Pereira Leonardo, clearance by Sean Dillon.
3:40 Pereira Leonardo takes a outswinging corner.
3:14 Pereira Leonardo takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
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