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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 November 2014
SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014 31 SPORT Melbourne City has some- what supplemented the loss of Spanish star David Villa this week, announcing that they have signed Socceroo Josh Kennedy as their Australian marquee on a two year deal. The only downside is the team won't be able to use him until January after his con- tract ends with Japanese side Nagoya Grampus. Kennedy's prolific scoring has been a significant factor in Nagoya achieving its first ever J-League title and Ken- nedy winning the J-League's Golden Boot award, but a Melbourne callback seemed the right fit. "After a very long period abroad, the timing is right to join Melbourne City and I'm very excited about this pro- ject," he said. "It's a new chapter in my career, but my goal will be the same - to help my club achieve all of its aspirations. I believe Melbourne City has huge potential." His scoring ability will be sorely needed, after City has only managed to net most of their goals from Villa's he- roics. They lost 1-2 last week to an on fire Adelaide United, de- spite leading the match with a Patrick Kisnorbo goal at the 9th minute. United then showed why the club has been able to retain its unbeaten run by scoring their first goal out of nowhere and sealing the win with a penalty shot. They took on a fellow un- beaten team, Sydney FC, on Friday. Top of the table Melbourne Victory take on Newcastle Jets in Saturday night's block- buster and seems to be the favourite to clinch the win. Victory made it two wins in a row after they comfort- ably beat Wellington Phoenix 2-0, with the last goal going to former Bentleigh Greens boy Connor Pain. The Jets didn't have as much luck as they fell at the hands of Perth Glory away 2-1. Ending proceedings will be incumbent champions Bris- bane Roar, who take on Mel- bourne City on Sunday. The Roar have had a horror start to the season and are the only team to have lost all their games. This week they come off a week long rest but know ex- pectations will be high. Striker Thomas Broich has called for patience and placed his belief in the new team. "It's easy to criticise after three losses but that's un- fair," he said. "We are still a good team, we still have good players. "All we need to do is not beat ourselves up and more than anything stay positive and passionate." No A-League team has claimed back-to-back cham- pionships after having lost their first three matches. 'Villaless' City take on Roar Roar player Thomas Broich says Brisbane Roar can bounce back. PHOTO: AAP/DAVE HUNT. While Melbourne City venture into this week's match without their star striker, they have tried to supplement things by signing Socceroo Josh Kennedy PAOK will continue its Super League domination when it takes on Athenian powerhouse Panathinaikos on Monday. The Thessaloniki team showed it's got what it takes to cement its position after securing a 2-0 win against Ergotelis in Crete last Sun- day. Thanks to striker Stefa- nos Athanasiadis, who scored both goals, the Thessaloniki team is now in good stead to face tough games that include second on the ladder Olympia- kos early next month. The Reds aren't having the best of time, with their Cham- pions League blunder still feel- ing raw. Despite the advantage of facing a ten-man Asteras Tripolis, Olympiakos weren't able to rise to get the one up. Asteras' forward Pablo Maz- za received his second yellow card in the 42nd minute for allegedly play-acting, while the match ended in a 0-0 draw, relished by the Tripoli team. Panathinaikos moved up to sixth position with a 2-0 win at home against Atromitos, while former ladder leader Veria dropped in points with a draw of 2-2 with Panionios. Fans at Agrinio were thor- oughly entertained, wit- nessing a seven goal match; somewhat making up for the other three goalless games last weekend in Volos, Ko- motini and Mytilene. Pento- likos won the game at home 5-2 against Xanthi, attacking midfielder Lucas Villafanez scoring twice. On Monday, Veria are sure to feel confident taking on second last placed Ergotelis, while Olympiakos come up against Panthrakikos. PAOK cements top spot PAOK take on Panathinaikos in a blockbuster match. PHOTO: EPA/SOTIRIS BARBAROUSSIS. Michel proud of Olympiakos Olympiakos coach Michel re- mained defiant after seeing his side come close to caus- ing an upset in Turin before succumbing to a 3-2 loss to Juventus for the Champions League this week. "We're not a big European team but we've shown that we are a threat when we travel away from home as well. Ju- ventus is a great club with a great history, so we're proud of what we did tonight," he said after the game. "I'm proud of our perfor- mance, especially Roberto, who once again showed his class. Saving that penalty could prove decisive for us when it comes to qualifying." It's sad news for Cypriot team APOEL, which got itself ruled out of the knockout stage of the Champions League this week after it lost its third match in a row, this time to French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The Cypriot champions were left to rue their lack of con- centration in the opening minute of the match which allowed Edinson Cavani to score what would prove to be the winner. APOEL manager Giorgos Donis couldn't hide his disap- pointment and told reporters he felt his side played their worst game so far this Euro- pean campaign. "When a game starts, it does not matter when you concede a goal," he said. "On Wednes- day, we were a side with prob- lems. We had our worst game and it showed on the pitch." While APOEL rules itself out of the Champions League after conceding its third loss Saudi outfit Al-Hilal is trying to corner the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) into in- vestigating the circumstances of its AFC Champions League loss to eventual winner West- ern Sydney Wanderers. Angry Al-Hilal officials have lashed out, claiming contro- versial non-decisions cost the team six penalty calls over the two-leg final. The club released a state- ment, saying the result robbed the Kingdom. "[Decisions] that appeared suspiciously and tarnished the reputation of the AFC, which raised many ques- tions about the AFC Champi- onships and the integrity and fairness of its competitions, and the need to ensure the ab- sence of any effect of betting offices scattered among foot- ball by assigning the compe- tent authority in the Asian Confederation to start inves- tigating seriously." "What happened in the sec- ond leg of the AFC Champions League final is a black spot in the history of Asian football, and looting of the right of an entire people who has been waiting for happiness and en- joyment of fair competition." Despite the club's cries of foul play, Wanderers' coach Tony Popovic was blunt in his response to Al-Hilal's protests. "To be honest, it doesn't con- cern us," he said. "Over two games and 180 minutes, they didn't score and we did. We are the champions." Source: ABC, The Australian Al-Hilal spitting chips after loss The Saudi side has demanded AFC intervention after Cup loss Olympiakos are still on equal points with Juventus in their group. PHOTO: AP/MASSIMO PINCA.
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