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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 September 2014
SPORT 28 SATURDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2014 Kostas Mitroglou returned to scoring after 10 long months to seal a famous victory for Olympiakos in the Champions League, as the Greek champi- on defeated visiting Atletico Madrid 3-2 on Tuesday for a perfect start to the tournament. Despite having played no meaningful games against strong sides this season to date, Olympiakos appeared ready for the opening game of the group stage and deserved its victory against the pool's favourite. Atletico manager Diego Simeone looked on power- less from the stands - he was serving a touchline ban - as the Spanish champion was second best on the night in Piraeus. Michel, his Olym- piakos counterpart and a for- mer Real Madrid midfielder, avenged in a way the Atletico triumph in the Madrid derby three nights earlier. The first goal for Olympia- kos came just 12 minutes into the game, as a low, bouncing shot from the left by full-back Arthur Masuaku found the in- side of the net of goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Former Barcelona star Ibra- him Affelay doubled the hosts' lead on the 31st thanks to a great solo effort by Chori Dominguez and dummy by Mitroglou. Mario Mandzukic reduced the arrears for last season's fi- nalist with a header from the right after a Cristian Ansaldi cross from the left, for a 2-1 score at half-time. The second half started with Atletico pushing forward for an equaliser and coming close on two occasions. The Piraeus team chose to absorb the visi- tors' pressure and keeper Rob- erto had the answers to Atleti- co's questions. Olympiakos made it 3-1 against the run of play, as Pa- jtim Kasami cross from the right picked Mitroglou inside the box, and the Greece strik- er turned about and fired the ball past Oblak, amid raptur- ous celebrations at the Geor- gios Karaiskakis Stadium. Atletico applied more pres- sure and with four minutes left on the clock Antoine Griezmann made it 3-2 with a tap-in after a Koke cross from the right. The last few minutes were thrilling with chances on both ends, but Olympiakos held on and celebrated a home win at the start of a Champions League campaign for the first time in five seasons. Also playing this week was Cypriot team APOEL, who sadly fell to a more adept Barcelona but only to a very respectable 1-0. Mitroglou steals the show with Atletico win Olympiakos players celebrate their Atletico Madrid win. PHOTO: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. After 10 months of lacklustre football, Kostas Mitroglou has proven himself against one of the favourites of the Champions League GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Greece's second soccer di- vision Football League an- nounced the postponement of the start of the season due to financial difficulties being faced by most clubs. "The board of directors of the Football League decided to postpone the start of the championship indefinitely because of serious economic and institutional problems," the announcement by the league said. The Football League was scheduled to start the week- end of September 27-28. According to the announce- ment, the league has request- ed a meeting with Prime Min- ister Antonis Samaras, lead- ers of other political parties, the Greek soccer federation and the first division Super League "asking them to inter- vene to resolve these issues". According to media reports, the major sponsor of the league clubs, the Greek Or- ganisation of Football Prog- nostics (OPAP), has cut per cent funding to the Football League for this season by 30 per cent compared to last year. OPAP is a public company based in Athens that exclu- sively operates and manages numerical lottery and sport betting games in the country and is Europe's biggest bet- ting firm. Source: ekathimerini Financial crisis has Greek second division postponed A major sponsor of the league has cut its funding by 30 per cent. The championship is postponed indefinitely after most clubs are facing financial difficulties Two Cretan football fans were remanded in custody this week for allegedly assaulting a rival supporter, who is in a coma after suffering serious head injuries. The two suspects, aged 24 and 27, are accused of attack- ing their victim, an Ethnikos Piraeus fan, when his team was playing Irodotos on Crete. A third man, aged 22, was released after posting 2,000 euros in bail. A fourth suspect, 32, is due to face a prosecutor tomorrow. The four men face charges of attempted murder and griev- ous bodily harm. The 46-year-old soccer fan was pronounced clinically dead on Sunday after he re- ceived several blows on his head and was carried uncon- scious to the local hospital. Two more Ethnikos fans were reported injured. Ethnikos president Alexis An- gelopoulos alleged that the ref- eree insisted on finishing the game after the stoppage from the clashes, even going as far as asking the match doctor to stay at the stadium for the game to go on. Angelopoulos added that it took half an hour for the ambulance to arrive. Source: ekathimerini Two charged over violent football attack Ethnikos fans distraught after the clashes. PHOTO: TO VIMA. An Ethnikos Piraeus fan lies in a coma, clinically dead, after being attacked in Crete Brunswick City soccer club (Leonidas) will get a $200,000 upgrade to Dunston Reserve if Labor wins the state elec- tion in November. The club will see its north- ern pitch lengthened, the southern pitch realigned and pitch surface improved to make the club compliant for the National Premier League's standards. Announcing the initiative this week, Jane Garrett, La- bor member for Brunswick, says the club will be able to better cater to the footballing community of the inner north. "Brunswick City Soccer Club has been serving the commu- nity since 1970, now consist- ing of over 200 members, with over 150 junior play- ers," she said. "Labor's plan will allow the club to better utilise the space at Dunstan Reserve and im- prove the quality of the pitch, allowing more play and fewer cancellations and injuries." "This investment will allow more participation in local sport for local families." The project will need addi- tional funding from the Mo- reland City Council. Brunswick City’s home gets upgrade Brunswick City cements place at Dunston Reserve. PHOTO: ROBERTO FILITTI. Greece wins women’s U19 Europeans in water polo Greece won the wom- en's European Under-19 Championship in Italy, beating the host in Sun- day's final, for what was the country's second gold medal in the competi- tion's history. The Greek teenagers dom- inated the final against It- aly at Ostia from start to finish to win 7-6, having led 7-4 earlier in the last period of the game. This gold medal serves to show that despite Greece's absence from the summit in Europe and from the 2012 Olympic Games in women's water polo, its next generation is likely to restore its past glory. GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Greece’s women’s U19 water polo team. PHOTO: KATHIMERINI.
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