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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 December 2014
SATURDAY 20 DECEMBER 2014 39 SPORT Reds lose in Turkey to motivated Galatasaray GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS Olympiakos went down at Galatasaray 79-74 on Thursday for its second defeat in the first round of the Euroleague that ended with the Reds topping their pool with eight wins in 10 games. With nothing left to play for in Istanbul, as they had already won their group, the Greeks faced a motivated host who needed victory and eventually earned it despite playing without its fans. Galatasaray advanced to the last 16 of the Euroleague and will be in the same group as Panathinaikos in the second round, having led 11-0 at the start and 20-18 after the first quarter. Olympiakos responded and led by two at half-time (3836), but its scoring problems in the third period allowed the Turks to advance 57-50 at the end of the quarter and then 63-52 in the fourth period, before the Reds came to within one point (69-68). The host wanted the win more, and secured it in the end with a five-point margin, even though it only had seven players featuring throughout the match. Matt Lojeski was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 22 points. On Wednesday PAOK de- feated Buducnost 81-76 in Podgorica to claim the second spot in its Eurocup group. Wanderers’ woeful Club World Cup Despite three expert saves by Dean Bouzanis, the Wanderers fell on penalties The Western Sydney Wanderers' frustrating Club World Cup campaign ended with a loss on penalties to African champions ES Setif of Algeria in the play-off for fifth place in Marrakesh. Meanwhile, Auckland City's fairytale run came to end in the semi-finals following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina's San Lorenzo in extra time. Wanderers imports Romeo Castelan and Vitor Saba scored brilliant goals in either half, as the match was locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes. With no extra time played in the fifth-place play-off, backup goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis made three saves in a marathon penalty shoot-out but The Wanderers have finished sixth in the Club World Cup. was also one of four Wanderers players to miss a spot kick as ET Setif claimed the win. The defeat ended a tumultuous campaign which featured threats of a player strike over prize money and a controversial 3-1 extra time loss to Mexican side Cruz Azul in the quarter-finals. The Wanderers still take home $1.2 million in prize- PHOTO: AP/ABDELJALIL BOUNHAR. money for finishing sixth. The Wanderers will now return to Australia to focus on reversing their poor A-League form, which has them sitting last after 10 rounds. Milligan reprimanded over Antonis elbow Olympiakos’ Tremmel Darden (R) goes for the ball. PHOTO: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU. Salary cap irregularities plague Perth Glory Perth Glory is facing the prospect of being fined or stripped of competition points if an expected FFA investigation into salary cap irregularities shows anything untoward. The FFA is set to look into Glory's accounts after it was reported the club failed to declare player-agent fees, player accommodation allowances and motor vehicle costs in salary cap reports provided to the competition's watchdog. Fairfax Media claims it has obtained documents showing Glory failed to disclose a host of expenditures in its salary cap from 2011-2014. For example, the report claims a $50,602 sum paid to player agents for various services in 2012/13 was not listed in Perth's final yearly report. It is also alleged Glory provided striker Jamie Maclaren with accommodation but failed to include the costs in the salary cap. The club also reportedly failed to declare hire car costs. Glory released a statement this week fending off the claims. "The club is compliant with the Hyundai A-League cap," chief executive Jason Brewer said. "Furthermore, Perth Glory FC has not received any notice from Football Federation Australia in relation to any inquiry involving the club." Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan has received a three-match A-League ban following his errant elbow on Sydney FC's Terry Antonis during Saturday's match. Milligan had received no onfield punishment for the 23rd minute incident, referee Peter Green suggesting the nearby official was unsighted. But the A-League match re- view panel took a dim view of the clash, handing the Socceroo a mandatory one match ban for serious foul play plus an additional two-week suspension. Antonis, who along with Milligan is in the Socceroos' provisional Asian Cup squad, fell to the ground clutching his head, with blood streaming from a cut above his eye. Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold said the 21-year-old required 10 stitches from the incident, and played the rest of the match with blurry vision. Milligan will miss matches with cross-town rivals Melbourne City on December 20 and a home game with Newcastle Jets on the 27th. He is then expected to join the Socceroos camp for the Asian Cup and therefore miss another A-League match after the tournament's conclusion. Mark Milligan with an injured Terry Antonis (R). PHOTO: AAP/DAVID CROSLING. Georgios Samaras snr passes away Greek international Georgios Samaras has lost his grandfather, Georgios Samaras Senior, who passed away aged 91. Mr Samaras snr was a prominent member of the Greek community in Melbourne in the 1950s and ‘60s and was a well respected figure in grassroots football in the country. He even contributed in establishing the thennewly formed South Melbourne Hellas after Yarra Park and South Melbourne United merged. Mr Samaras' son Ioannis followed in his father's footsteps and ended up playing professionally first at OFI Crete and then Panathinaikos. He was also an impressive player in the Greek national team throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s. Ioannis' son, Georgios (named after his grandfather) is keeping the tradition alive, currently playing for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League and a regular in the Greek national team.
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