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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 October 2014
SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER 2014 31 SPORT Panathinaikos offered its fans a glimpse of its glorious past in European competitions, snatching a draw at PSV Ein- dhoven, on an otherwise bad night for Greek football in the Europa League, as PAOK and Asteras Tripolis lost their matches. Cyprus' Apollon didn't fare much better, with a shatter- ing 5-0 loss to Mönchengla- dbach. Panathinaikos drew 1-1 in the Netherlands to grab their first point in the group stage this season after three games, through a late equaliser. They even thought they had won the game in injury time when they had a goal disallowed. PAOK lost 1-0 to a Fioren- tina that seemed at times to be a class above its host, es- pecially during the first half. Fiorentina scored 38 min- utes into the game as Peru- vian Juan Vargas beat Panayi- otis Glykos after getting the rebound from a save by the PAOK keeper to his first shot, for the game's only goal. Var- gas also hit the upright in the second half. PAOK, who remained on three points from as many games, is also concerned over the injury to defender Yian- nis Skondras, who was sub- stituted. Asteras Tripolis had a dis- astrous night at White Hart Lane as Tottenham beat the Peloponnesians 5-1 to leap over them on the group ta- ble. Asteras remained on four points from three games. The result appears particu- larly harsh on Asteras as the Greeks missed a number of chances in the game and only got to score one minute from the end with Jeronimo Barrales after the Harry Kane hat-trick and the Erik Lamela brace had given the Spurs a 5-0 lead. Barrales' goal came directly from a free kick that emer- gency keeper Kane fumbled, having put on the gloves after Hugo Lloris' red card and the completion of Tot- tenham's substitutions. Yet when the two sides meet again in two weeks' time in Tripoli the game will likely be very different as Asteras has never lost at home in Eu- rope. Panathinaikos snatches point at Eindhoven Panathinaikos was the only team to grab some points for the Greek and Cypriot clubs. PHOTO: AP/PETER DE JONG. PAOK, Asteras Tripolis and Apollon let their fans down in Europa League GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Last time the two Greek gi- ants played, the Greens' coach was left nursing a wound af- ter being hit by a projectile from the stands. With the BBC dubbing the Panathinaikos and Olympi- akos derbies as "one of Eu- rope's most dangerous der- bies", fans are on notice. Over the years, the 'der- by of eternal enemies' has drawn some very harrowing headlines. In 2007 a fan was stabbed and another injured after Olympiakos beat Pa- naithinaikos 4-0. Most recently, a match had to be abandoned after fans threw Molotov cocktails and flares at police. Twenty police officers were injured and more than 50 ar- rests were made, while three fire engines were called in to extinguish flames as hun- dreds of fans set alight sec- tions of the stands. This Olympiakos Panathi- naikos derby will hopeful- ly lack behaviour, but fans will be excited nonetheless as both clubs have come off their Champions League and Europa League conquests. Olympiakos had the better results this week, while Pana- thinaikos is still lacking con- sistency. After succumbing to OFI last weekend, and not be- ing able to stop the Europa League equaliser, the Greens will be juggling the underdog status in the derby. Olympiakos had Kostas Mitroglou to thank for their 3-2 win against Ergotelis, with the striker scoring two of the Reds' three goals to keep them in the top three. Away from the blockbuster derby, PAOK has a headliner against second placed Ve- ria, that will give the two a chance to really judge who is the best to keep the top spot. PAOK beat Antromitos 2-1, while Veria matched them, beating Levadiakos 2-1. Kalloni, on equal points with Olympiakos, will start pro- ceedings on Saturday when they go up against tenth placed PAS Giannina. Fans ready for Olympiakos Panathinaikos derby The derbies have grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons. PHOTO: AP/KOSTAS TSIRONIS. Dubbed the ‘derby of eternal enemies’, police will be on hand to stop any unruly behaviour before it gets out of hand Pajtim Kasami's goal and Roberto's heroics in goal saw Olympiakos claim one of the biggest wins in its history this week, downing Italian champion Juventus 1-0 to boost its chances of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. The Reds have now col- lected six points from three games and are tied on top of the group with Atletico Ma- drid, having already beaten the Spaniards at home. In front of a pulsating crowd at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Olympi- akos got sweet revenge from previous disappointments to Juventus in 1999 and 2003 in the Champions League. Juventus turned its original formation of 3-5-2 to 4-2-4 as Massimiliano Allegri used all his strikers in an effort to beat Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto, but to no avail. Juventus will get a chance to redeem itself in 13 days' time when it hosts Olympia- kos in Turin. Olympiakos tops group after Juv upset Olympiakos’ goalkeeper Roberto, far right, celebrates with teammates. PHOTO: AP/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. With three wins under their belt, Olympiakos is more than ready to take on the Italian giants again in their next match Wanderers have their eye on the ACL prize An estimated one billion people are expected to view tonight's Asian Champions League final match between the Western Sydney Wander- ers and Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal at Parramatta Sta- dium, making the match one of the biggest events in the teams' history. While they have a big task keeping their A-League fans happy, it’s no secret that Wan- derers coach Tony Popovic has focused most of his time on getting the upper hand on his Middle Eastern opponents. "The Champions League fi- nal will always be number one, it's our biggest prize, no A-League team has been able to do it," Popovic said. Training has been rightfully intense these past couple of weeks, as Wanderers player Kwabena Appiah told the me- dia. "The amount we have all put in has been incredible," Appiah said. "It's the Champions League final in the biggest continent in the world. Even for senior players it's a massive mo- ment in their careers." Al Hilal has been keeping to itself while it's been sta- tioned in Sydney. The Sau- di millionaires, also known as the 'Blue Wave', made a grand entrance, arriving on a private jet and promptly checking into one of Sydney's most expensive hotels. They also paid for about 200 fans to make the trip with them. The players are said to have snubbed present media and fans, taking no interviews and complaining about the state of our football facilities.
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