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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 29 SPORT Hewitt: Kyrgios a ‘shining light’ Lleyton Hewitt has backed up-and-comer Nick Kyrgios as the future of Australian tennis, despite 2015 controversies Two-time grand slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has backed embattled young tennis ace Nick Kyrgios, despite the 20-year-old being dumped from Australia's Davis Cup squad, which faces Great Britain this weekend. Hewitt, considered a mentor to Kyrgios, maintains the youngster is a "shining light" for Australian tennis. "He is a big-match player as well and probably three, four, five years away from playing his best tennis consistently week in, week out," Hewitt said. "He is a great guy and I have tried to help him out over the last month or so and he is going to be better for it." Kyrgios announced on Twitter that his next tour match would be the Malaysian Open, which gets underway 26 September. Cannons take aim at Hume for a place in FFA Cup semis Cannons hope to set ABD stadium alight this Tuesday night GEORGE STOGIANNOU From left: Nick Kyrgios, Australian Davis Cup captain Wally Masur and Lleyton Hewitt. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/NEDA VANOVAC. Draws for Asteras and PAOK in Europa League Asteras Tripolis and PAOK took one point each at the start their campaigns at the Europa League group stage on Thursday, as Asteras ended up in a 1-1 parity with Sparta Prague at home and PAOK got a goalless draw from Qabala in Azerbaijan. Asteras led from the second minute of the eventful match at Tripoli as Pablo Mazza scored the game's opener, but Sparta enjoyed more possession and chances in the rest of the first half. After Asteras missed a couple of good chances at the start of the second half, hitting the woodwork once too, Sparta equalised courtesy of its captain, David Lafata on the 56th minute. The match could have gone either way, but eventually the two teams had to settle for a draw. Playing at the Azeri capital Baku, PAOK drew 0-0 with host Qabala, repeating the result Panathinaikos had recorded against the same opponent last month. PAOK was the better team in the first half but was rather lucky not to concede in the second. The Greek team had Robert Mak to blame for wasting a number of goalscoring chances. Dimitar Berbatov made his European debut with PAOK coming on as a substitute at the hour mark. The national football spotlight will shine on the ABD stadium in Broadmeadows on Tuesday night when Oakleigh Cannons take on fellow NPL club Hume City in the FFA Cup quarterfinals. Cannons' coach Arthur Papas believes that his team goes into the game as underdogs but "it's a game which both teams feel is able to be won. It gives us some optimism that we can hopefully get to the semi-finals". Papas is not concerned by his team's underdog status. He says no-one gave the Cannons a chance in Adelaide in the previous round against the Metro Stars. "In the end, we came away with a very strong performance and result." The Cannons and Hume have met previously in knockout competition this Zippy forward Goran Zoric returns from an overseas trip, whilst midfielder Ross Honos and defender Johnny Black return from injury. "We're at the strongest point Oakleigh Cannons coach Arthur Papas in action on the sidelines during the FFA Cup Rd of 16 match against Metro Stars in Adelaide. PHOTO: MORNE DE KLERK/GETTY IMAGES. season when Oakleigh won 2-0 in the Dockerty Cup semifinal. In the league, Hume have had the edge, winning 1-0 at home whilst the other match was a draw. "If we perform at the correct level, we can beat them,” Papas says of the upcoming quarter-final. “You need a lot of things to go right on the day. The preparation also has to be conducted in a way that allows the team to go into the game with confidence." The coach says that trying to maintain match conditioning after the end of the regu- lar NPL season is the biggest challenge in training for the cup. But on a positive note, he says the absence of regular competitive matches has given him the opportunity to make structural adjustments to the team which he didn't have time to do during the season. "I think you saw it against Metro. We were a lot more organised, a lot more fluent in the way we played." He also welcomes the return to the squad of three key players who were unavailable for the Metro game. we've been since I've been at the club. To have these players available gives us a lot of depth and the option to be able to change the game from the side as well." Hume City, Oakleigh Cannons and Heidelberg United are the only three NPL teams nationwide remaining in the FFA Cup. According to Papas, "it says a lot about the NPL in Victoria being the number one competition across the country outside the A- League". Papas believes that, for a club like Oakleigh, which was not an old NSL club, but one that's come up through the ranks, "the club has never had a bigger opportunity to be on the national stage" than with this FFA Cup competition. "I think the game in Adelaide is the biggest win in the club's history. We're on the national stage in front of the whole country. So from that point of view, even to get to this point is a huge achievement considering it's been a very tough NPL season." German giant cruises past Olympiakos A 3-0 romp at Piraeus ensures Bayern Munich takes three points Bayern Munich ended Olympiakos' six-game winning streak in the Champions League after defeating the Greek side 3-0 in Piraeus. Both sides defended well, but it was Bayern which capitalised with three second half goals to move past the reigning Greek champions. The Greek side's defence was solid, and didn't allow attacking trio Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa and Thomas Muller many opportunities in the first half, with Bayern's midfielders - Xabi Alonso and Arturo Vidal - chipping in with some long range shots to no avail. The half-time score remained nil-all but it was a tale of two halves, with the German side quickly finding its feet early in the secondhalf to etch its prowess on the match. Bayern started the half superbly, scoring in the 52nd minute, after a Muller cross to Lewandowski was misjudged by Roberto, ending up in the back of net. But the local side never gave up, changing to a 4-14-1 formation, in an attempt to claw its way back into the match. Bayern was forced to make three substitutions after injuries to Lewandowski, Alonso and Vidal, which proved pivotal, with substitutes Joshua Kimmich and Mario Gotze contributing positively to seal the win for the German giant. From the moment Gotze came on, Bayern played an attacking and direct style of football, and he ended the host’s hopes of achieving an equaliser, after finding the back of the net in the 89th minute. Muller then popped up for a Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara is fouled by Olympiakos’ Manuel De Costa. PHOTO: AP PHOTO/PETROS GIANNAKOURIS. second after an Arthur Masuaku foul on Kingsley Coman resulted in a spot kick and a successful conversion in the 93rd minute. In other Champions League results, Kostas Mitroglou helped Portuguese side Benfica claim a 2-0 victory over Kazakh side Astana, with a goal in the 62nd minute, whilst his compatriot Andreas Samaris received a yellow card in that game.
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