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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015 31 SPORT Socceroos on track against Tajikistan National side makes it three wins from as many starts in its quest to make Russia 2018 Ange Postecoglou's side has made it three-from-three after defeating Tajikistan 3-0 in that country's capital Dushanbe early Thursday morning. The reigning Asian Champions pressed throughout the game, applying a lot of pressure on Tajikistan's defensive line, which managed to hold the Australians out for almost an hour. It was former Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan who found the back of the net in the 57th minute, opening a flurry of goals courtesy of a Tim Cahill double in the 73rd and 91st, landing the Socceroos victory against the world's 153rd ranked side. Ange Postecoglou was pleased with the result, in light of his side's inexperience on the artificial turf presented by the locals. "We were floating stuff in instead of hitting them with purpose and pace, but we have persevered and I think our last two goals in particular were really good team goals," he said. "The players were really disciplined - that's what I said to them at half time. I was in no doubt the last half hour would be ours. "Once we get one, we get at least a couple more. In the end we probably should have had four or five." The 3-0 win comes after the Socceroos defeated Bangladesh 5-0 in Perth last week. Greece, Cyprus fail to qualify for Euro 2016 Former champions remain winless after eight attempts Greece's hapless Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued last week after a loss to Finland and a draw with Romania ended its chances. Greece hosted Finland at Georgios Karaiskakis in the early hours of last Saturday, but again failed to make anything of it, with Finnish Joel Pohjanpalo scoring in the 75th minute. The Greeks had failed to find the back of the net in their previous three qualifying-match attempts, and continued that trend with the 1-0 loss, despite interim coach Kostas Tsanas' attempts to bring fresh faces into his squad. That game was followed up by a 0-0 draw to Romania in Bucharest three days later. Cyprus, on the other hand, was still in the running to qualify for the competition until it lost games to Wales and Belgium - both by onegoal-to-nil - in Nicosia to send it crashing. Stand-in captain Tim Cahill in action against Tajikistan. PHOTO: TWITTER/@SOCCEROOS. Melbourne City shoots eight past the Cannons in cup warm up If any Heidelberg United fans ventured across town to Oakleigh on Wednesday evening to catch a sneak preview of their FFA Cup quarter final opponent Melbourne City, they would have been alarmed with how City made light work of Oakleigh Cannons in a resounding 8-0 win. With both City and the Cannons preparing for FFA Cup quarterfinals, the lop-sided match afforded the visitors the opportunity to play a number of youngsters and triallists particularly in the second half. The visitors got off to a flyer, scoring twice within the opening ten minutes through an Erik Paartalu header and a Robi Koren tap in. Stefan Mauk and another Koren goal put Mel- bourne in total command at the break. City introduced six subs at the break, and three of those subs added another four goals in the second half as the score blew out to 8-0. Youngsters Wade Dekker with a brace and Chris Cristaldo and Hernan Espindola were the scorers in the second half. In upcoming FFA Cup quar- ter-finals, Oakleigh Cannons will face Hume City at ABD stadium on Tuesday 22 September in a match which ensures at least one Victorian NPL club reaches the semi finals of the FFA Cup. Heidelberg United hosts Melbourne City on 29 September in another FFA Cup quarterfinal. Source: Melbourne City website Greece progresses in EuroBasket The Greeks qualified for the Round of 16 after a four match unbeaten run Heading home: Greece’s Andreas Samaris battles for the ball against Romania’s Ovidiu Hoban. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/VADIM GHIRDA. Greece started its EuroBasket 2015 campaign on the front foot, with victories in its opening four matches ensuring it qualified for the next stage of the competition. Yesterday morning's clash against the Netherlands was a dead rubber for the national side, which will now be preparing for its next opponent in Lille. Greece opened its campaign with a comprehensive 85-65 victory over FYROM, after leading by only five points with a minute remaining in the third quarter. It then faced Croatia in front of a local crowd in Zagreb the next day. Despite the Croatians leading by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, the Greeks went on a 13-2 run to finish winners. Olympiakos's Vassilis Spanoulis finished the game with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. Following one day's rest, Greece was back in action against Georgia, winning comfortably 79-68 and never looked like losing, after leading by as much as 23 points in the second half before Georgia made the scores more respectable. With Greece three-and-zero, it continued its winning momentum, defeating Slovenia 83-72, courtesy of a Spanoulis blitz again, who contributed with 19 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal. Greece beat Netherlands 68-65 and remains undefeated in five matches in Eurobasket 2015. Its next opponent is Belgium. Vassilis Spanoulis in action against Slovenia. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/DARKO BANDIC.
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