Plucky Motherwell face an uphill task after their debut in the Champions League qualifiers ended in a home defeat by a clinical Panathinaikos.

Well were on top in the early stages but fell behind when a Lazaros Christodoulopoulos' free-kick deceived keeper Darren Randolph on 13 minutes.

Tom Hateley and Nicky Law both tested goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis in an end-to-end first leg at Fir Park.

But sub Charalampos Mavrias drove in the killer second after 76 minutes.

Panathinaikos had arrived in some disarray, with Greece captain Giorgios Karagounis missing the trip after rejecting a new contract with the club that flirted with bankruptsy last season.

International colleague Kostas Katsouranis was also absent from midfield, being left on the bench after his exertions for Greece at Euro 2012.

Higdon was among those to miss chances for Motherwell against the Greeks

Higdon was among those to miss chances for Motherwell against the Greeks

But the Athens side were still full of quality and gave competitive debuts to two of their seven summer signings, Venezuela defender Jose Manuel Velazquez and on-loan Wolfsburg forward Ibrahim Sissoko.

In contrast, hard-up Motherwell have lost several experienced players from their squad and and only added former Bradford City midfielder Simon Ramsden.

Yet Stuart McCall's side looked positive and Chris Humphrey fired inches over from 25 yards.

Motherwell's lack of playing resources meant that Shaun Hutchinson was drafted into the starting line-up despite playing only 45 minutes in pre-season after being hampered by a groin problem.

The young defender's rustiness proved costly when he conceded a needless free-kick on Sissoko that led to the Greeks' breakthrough.

Jean-Alain Boumsong failed to connect with Christodoulopoulos ' swinging delivery from about 40 yards, but the former Rangers and Newcastle defender's run was enough to put off Randolph and the ball curled inside the far post.

Efforts from Humphrey and Keith Lasley failed to find the target as Motherwell continued to threaten.

However, the Greeks ended the first half on top and a 25-yard strike from Jose Carlos Zeca was pushed over by Randolph.

Christodoulopoulos curled a drive just wide from 25 yards seconds into the second half, but Motherwell responded and Karnezis nervously pushed away Hateley's 30-yard free-kick off the wet surface.

The goalkeeper almost spilled a Law shot from a similar distance into his net and Michael Higdon directed a header straight at Karnezis.

Only a brilliant sliding block from Boumsong stopped Law converting after being set up by Henrik Ojamaa, who also wasted a good chance on the break.

However, after Ojamaa lost the ball on the edge of the Greek box, Sissoko found Mavrias and the right winger fired it through Randolph's legs.

Motherwell continued to push forward, but it was Panathinakos who went closest to adding to the scoring when recent signing Bruno Fornaroli blazed over having come on as a substitute.

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall : "I think we more than matched them. I don't think the scoreline reflected the performance.

"I just wanted the lads to put in a performance their families and the fans would be proud of and they did that.

"I'm disappointed with the goals. We talked about not giving silly free-kicks away with the boy's ability from set-pieces.

"We didn't want to go out with a whimper. We were pressing and probing and most people thought the goal was coming.

"It would have been nice if we could have got it to 1-1, but it wasn't to be."

Panathinaikos head coach Jesualdo Ferreira : "We experienced pressure from Motherwell, but whenever we had the opportunity to break quickly, we created problems.

"Motherwell work hard and play football that is difficult to control, but I thought we deserved the win."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell
  • 05 Hutchinson
  • 15 Ramsden
  • 04 Law
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 14 Lasley
  • 08 Ojamaa (Daley - 79' )
  • 09 Higdon
  • 11 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis
  • 26 Zaine Sebastien Francis-Angol
  • 30 Adam Cummins
  • 17 Daley
  • 18 Carswell
  • 27 Steven Hetherington
  • 16 McHugh

Panathinaikos

  • 27 Karnezis
  • 04 Boumsong
  • 24 Vyntra
  • 31 Spyropoulos
  • 44 Velasquez
  • 06 Vitolo
  • 17 Zeca Booked
  • 22 Marinos (Katsouranis - 67' )
  • 03 Sissoko
  • 09 Toche (Mavrias - 75' )
  • 10 Christodoulopoulos (Fornaroli - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kotsolis
  • 16 Seitaridis
  • 34 Fourlanos
  • 07 Mavrias
  • 29 Katsouranis
  • 14 Fornaroli
  • 28 Petropoulos
Ref: Van boekel
Att: 9,035

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

7 7

Corners

8 7

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:31

Shot from deep inside the area by Bruno Fornaroli goes over the bar.

85:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Lasley on Ibrahim Sissoko. Direct free kick taken by Ibrahim Sissoko.

84:44

Michael Higdon is caught offside. Orestis Karnezis takes the indirect free kick.

84:09 Substitution

Substitution Bruno Fornaroli on for Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

83:52

Jean Alain Boumsong takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

82:42

Omar Daley takes a inswinging corner. Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Loukas Vyntra manages to make a clearance.

81:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Omar Daley by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Free kick taken by Keith Lasley.

79:46

Shot by Michael Higdon from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

78:22 Substitution

Substitution Omar Daley on for Henrik Ojamaa.

75:40

Ibrahim Sissoko provided the assist for the goal.

75:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Charalampos Mavrias - Motherwell 0 - 2 Panath'kos Charalampos Mavrias finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Panathinaikos.

74:39

Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kostas Katsouranis manages to make a clearance.

74:39 Substitution

Substitution Charalampos Mavrias replaces Jose Toche.

74:39 Booking

Booking Jose Carlos Zeca receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

74:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Carlos Zeca on Jamie Murphy.

74:13

Kostas Katsouranis concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrik Ojamaa. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

72:13

Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot. Nikos Spyropoulos gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, clearance made by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

70:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ibrahim Sissoko, save by Darren Randolph. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos from the left by-line to the near post.

70:02

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Vitolo takes the direct free kick.

65:28 Substitution

Substitution Kostas Katsouranis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stergos Marinos.

65:28

Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Direct free kick taken by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

61:24

Corner from right by-line taken by Stevie Hammell.

58:49

Nicky Law takes a shot. Ibrahim Sissoko gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stevie Hammell, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Shaun Hutchinson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

57:10

Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Jose Toche shoots direct from the free kick.

56:09

Michael Higdon concedes a free kick for a foul on Ibrahim Sissoko. Free kick taken by Nikos Spyropoulos.

54:43

Loukas Vyntra challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Lasley restarts play with the free kick.

54:23

Shot from close range by Jose Manuel Velasquez misses to the right of the goal.

53:06

Jamie Murphy has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

52:30

The ball is delivered by Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Orestis Karnezis.

51:02

Nicky Law has an effort at goal. Save by Orestis Karnezis.

50:20

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

47:43

Jamie Murphy fouled by Victor Vitolo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley from left wing, Jose Carlos Zeca makes a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Hateley, clearance by Jose Manuel Velasquez.

45:58

Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Jean Alain Boumsong results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from the free kick, save by Orestis Karnezis.

45:30

Shot from outside the penalty box by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos goes wide right of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:14 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Humphrey by Ibrahim Sissoko. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.

40:31

Ibrahim Sissoko takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Hateley. Corner taken by Ibrahim Sissoko from the right by-line played to the near post, Jean Alain Boumsong takes a shot. Keith Lasley gets a block in. Ibrahim Sissoko takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

39:42

Jose Carlos Zeca takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Simon Ramsden manages to make a clearance.

39:03

Jose Toche has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

37:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Ramsden by Jose Toche. Direct free kick taken by Simon Ramsden.

36:00

Jose Toche takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

34:28

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

33:00

The ball is sent over by Jamie Murphy, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save by Orestis Karnezis.

31:37

Corner taken by Stevie Hammell, save by Orestis Karnezis.

28:28

Henrik Ojamaa takes a shot. Save by Orestis Karnezis.

27:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikos Spyropoulos on Chris Humphrey. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

27:12

Ibrahim Sissoko takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Darren Randolph.

25:38

Jose Toche fouled by Simon Ramsden, the ref awards a free kick. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos restarts play with the free kick.

25:09

Shot by Keith Lasley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

24:04

Unfair challenge on Victor Vitolo by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Jose Manuel Velasquez restarts play with the free kick.

19:58

Jean Alain Boumsong concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrik Ojamaa. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

18:07

The referee gives a free kick against Loukas Vyntra for handball. Simon Ramsden restarts play with the free kick.

17:26

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Stevie Hammell.

12:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Lazaros Christodoulopoulos - Motherwell 0 - 1 Panath'kos Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scores agoal from 35 yards to to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 Panathinaikos.

12:37

Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ibrahim Sissoko. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing,

10:16

Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Jose Toche, free kick awarded. Victor Vitolo restarts play with the free kick.

9:19

Short corner worked by Tom Hateley. Effort on goal by Chris Humphrey from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

8:03

Foul by Jamie Murphy on Victor Vitolo, free kick awarded. Jose Manuel Velasquez restarts play with the free kick.

5:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Manuel Velasquez on Michael Higdon. Shaun Hutchinson takes the free kick.

5:07

Ibrahim Sissoko produces a cross, Jose Toche produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

2:40

Unfair challenge on Ibrahim Sissoko by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

2:00

Unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Jose Manuel Velasquez restarts play with the free kick.

0:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on Ibrahim Sissoko. Direct free kick taken by Nikos Spyropoulos.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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