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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 October 2015
32 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015 SPORT Despite Australia’s loss to Jordan The Socceroos have suffered a setback, going down to Jordan 2-0 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, leaving the Middle Eastern nation to claim top spot in Group B. A penalty in the 47th minute gave Jordan the advantage, before a second goal five minutes before full-time handed them a decisive victory over the Australian team. Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou said while the result was disappointing, there was still hope for the team. "It's one loss," he said. "I mean, right now it doesn't feel good, but I still think we are making progress and certainly from our perspective we will still push on with what we have started here and I've got no doubt we will get to a good place. "Once they got a goal up, the game became a little bit chaotic, a lot of disruptions, we couldn't get into any flow. We had a couple of chances but overall we just lost control of the game." It is the second time Jordan beat Australia in World Cup qualifying, with their previous win coming in 2012. The Socceroos dominated the first half but failed to breach the Jordan defence before Hassan Abdel Fattah struck from the penalty spot immediately after the resumption following a foul on Hamza al-Daradreh by Matthew Spiranovic. Australia pushed hard to restore parity but it was Jordan who found the net again, alDaradreh scoring with six minutes remaining to put his team on 10 points from four matches. Source: ABC/AFP Roar beat Sydney Wanderers in thrilling A-League opening game The Roar have kicked their A-League campaign off in style, steamrolling the Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in an entertaining but error-ridden season opener. A rudderless defence and a swag of missed shots undermined the new-look Wanderers outfit in front of 14,122 fans at Parramat- ta Stadium on Thursday night. It leaves the young franchise still without a roundone win in their short history, while new Roar coach John Aloisi will be glad he signed Jamie Maclaren, whose brace was complemented by a powerful header from a much-improved Daniel Bowles. Northern Ireland busts ghost of Greece to qualify for Euro 2016 Positive debut ... Jamie Maclaren. The sorry ghost of the 2004 European champion that is the national soccer team of Greece was once again busted by Northern Ireland, this time in Belfast, as the host celebrated its first qualification to a major finals, those of the Euro 2016, since 1982 with a 3-1 win over the hapless Greek visitors. The emphatic result leaves little to say for the team of caretaking coach Costas Tsanas, though it really is painful to see so much talent going to waste due to the mentality, teamwork and preparation problems. Greece remained winless for the ninth game in its campaign, suffering one more bad night that should be put behind it as soon as possible. Fully deserving their win and their place in the finals in France, the hosts sliced the Greek defence in the 35th minute for 1-0, as a diagonal pass to the right by Corry Evans - that Jose Holebas misjudged - found Stuart Dallas at the edge of the box; he crossed the ball to an unmarked Ste- Page 28 Coach Lambropoulos leaves Aris after four seasons at the helm Page 29 How squads shape up for start of A-League campaign DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM ISSN 1321-1676 9 771321 167062 Ange remains upbeat Aaron Mooy takes on Jordan’s defence in the Socceroos’ 2018 World Cup qualifier. ven Davis who scored a sitter from close range. Greece missed its best chance at the end of the first half, as Nikos Karelis had his shot blocked, the ball went to the edge of the box, Costas Mitroglou pounded it goalward but eventually it hit the upright of goalkeeper Michael McGovern. Then barely four minutes into the second half, Josh Magennis received the ball from a corner from the right and lobbed a header perfectly just below the crossbar to make it 2-0 in a delirious Windsor Park. It took another 14 minutes for Northern Ireland to make it 3-0, as after a corner kick from the left by Chris Brunt was cleared by Andreas Samaris toward Davis, the Irish captain sent a rare 20-yard header straight into the Or- estis Karnezis net. Christos Aravidis scored Greece's consolation goal four minutes from the end by turning in a cross from the right by Vassilis Torosidis. That was the first Greece goal for Aravidis. The last act in Greece's tragedy of a qualifying campaign will be Sunday's home game against Hungary in Piraeus - the last chance for Greece to notch up a win.
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